If you haven’t checked out music videos directed by Thom Glunt, it’s time you did. To give you a taste, check out Glunt’s music video entitled “Lo,” an O’Brother track. We were honored that Glunt brought Coat of Arms on board for “Lo’s” post-production.
Jonathan Lacocque edited the video’s RED EPIC 5k R3D files RAW in Premiere CS5.5. Working off of a 2.4 GHz 8 Core Tower with 14GB RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics card, Lacocque set playback resolution to ¼ in the Program Monitor. Meanwhile, paused resolution ranged from ½ to full depending on where Lacocque was in the edit process. “I didn’t have any issues with playback as long as I didn’t have too many layers of R3D footage. It was my second time editing RED RAW, and I found it to be extremely easy and enjoyable.” Lacocque edited at 1920×800 per Glunt’s request to create an anamorphic aspect ratio. This results in a super wide shot that mimics the cinematic aspect ratio seen on theatre screens.
One complication with setting up a RED edit in Premiere CS5.5 is that you must install the RED EPIC Importer (download here). Fortunately, all of these problems have been resolved in Premiere CS6. But if you’re still working off of CS5.5, it’s important to follow the Importer’s directions very carefully, as a mistake could render Premiere inoperable. Once we installed the Importer, we found that the RED EPIC audio didn’t work. After some investigating, we found a solution: Lightroom 4. This solution doesn’t work for everyone, in which case, many have found luck using the audio in proxy files (read more here).
The O’Brother “Lo” video kicks off with a tight shot of a bottle rotating as its liquor contents are guzzled. The bottle’s label displays the band’s name, the song’s title, and credits. Glunt, as in many of his other videos, prefers to use in-camera effects over graphics and special effects whenever possible. We admire Glunt’s dedication to finding in-camera, creative ways to tell a story (see other introductions directed by Glunt below).
For the opening shot of the O’Brother “Lo” video, Glunt designed the label then printed and glued it to the bottle rather than compositing the titles in post. However, due to budget constraints production was unable to rent a rig that could rotate the camera smoothly with the actor’s swig. Therefore, Lacocque key-framed the bottle to seamlessly capture the counter-clockwise rotation. With Glunt’s on-screen ingenuity and a little post-production love, the intro comes to life.
Robert J. Williams was responsible for creating the video’s color grade, which included the challenge of matching footage from the Canon 7D and the RED EPIC. The main difference between the two formats from an aesthetic point of view is contrast. From a technical point of view, the Chroma subsampling and resolutions are different. To color the project, Williams decided to create the initial look (based off Glunt’s references and his request for a dark and gritty look) with a shot from the Canon 7D and then match the RED EPIC footage accordingly. This allowed him to stay well within the boundaries of the Canon’s dynamic range and preserve as much detail in the lower resolution footage as possible.
Due to the tight schedule, we decided to complete the color work in the Adobe Premiere Pro sequence, harnessing the power of Red Giant’s Looks and Colorista plugins.
O’Brother’s “Lo” was a pleasure to work on. The frenetic edit called for many fast cuts. In doing so, Glunt’s video captures the nature of the song. Aggressive, intense, and a lot of fun. Enjoy the show!