PostWorks Finishes Lenny Kravitz DVD

Feb 13, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Editor Barney Miller recently finished up work on the DVD documentary about artist Lenny Kravitz (Lenny Live) at Post Works New York.

"We were happy to get the chance to work with both Barney and Mark [Seliger, photographer and music video director] again," said Post Works COO Billy Baldwin. "They had a great deal of footage to work with and it made perfect sense for them to use our Avid Symphony systems, as well as our staff. We were willing to do whatever it took to make this project a success."

Miller is the founder of New York's Company X Media and has worked with Seliger on previous music video projects for Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson and Kravitz. He said that the project began with a small test back in July of 2002, when Seliger began shooting Kravitz onstage and off during his recent summer tour.

"We cut the backstage footage on a laptop with Avid DV Xpress," said Miller. "Lenny even helped edit some of the DV footage from a coffee shop around the corner from his hotel. From 300 hours, we cut it down to about four. We then created select reels and made DV tapes, which we transferred to Digibeta in order to blend it as closely as possible with the live concert footage. One of the concerts used just one camera, while the other two used four and six cameras. It was like blending 11 cameras into one seamless look. We used two laptops for the backstage stuff, but cut the live concert footage on the Avid Media Composer."

"The team at Post Works are always great to work with," Miller said. "They are technically proficient and impeccably equipped for a job such as this one. It only made sense to finish the project on their Symphony systems, given that we used Avid products for the rest of the project. I was able to take the footage, conform and tweak it, and then perform tape-to-tape corrections at Post Works. I could just send the Media Composer bins over, and they made all the necessary changes to the uncompressed version on their Symphony."

Check out Post Works New York at www.pwny.com.






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