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Blackmagic captures Belgian designer’s Paris show on video

Belgian singer-songwriter, composer and producer Stromae has launched his creative label’s latest fashion collection – Mosaert Capsule Five – with an intricately choreographed catwalk show at Le Bon Marché department store

in Paris. Live production company Freecaster was brought onboard to provide a multi-cam recording of the event with its Blackmagic Design Ultra HD production workflow, which would form the basis for Stomae’s next music video.

With a wealth of experience producing live events for high-end fashion brands, Freecaster was the ideal fit for the Mosaert fashion show, which incorporated all aspects of the creative label’s aesthetic. The team also collaborated with Benuts, which was able to provide its experience in music video production.

Freecaster’s CEO Raymond Dulieu said the show had been designed with extremely high creative and production requirements. “The catwalk sat right in the middle of the store’s atrium amongst its art deco style interior, with the escalators and backdrop designed to represent a production line for the models to move along,” he said. Alongside this, the models had specially choreographed movements to a specially written track that Stromae had written for the catwalk show.”

The unique setting for the show required an eight camera setup to ensure Freecaster captured all angles – from the mezzanine floors and alongside the models on a rail next to the catwalk. The team deployed seven Blackmagic URSA Mini Pros alongside a Sony F55 rigged on a Steadicam. “Blackmagic has been our choice of camera brand ever since they came to market. The URSA Mini Pro is now our A camera within our live production set-up and fashion livestreams,” said Dulieu.

The cameras were lensed with Fujinon Cabrio lenses, which Dulieu explained, ensured the label’s attention to detail was reflected in the footage. “When we work with high-end fashion clients, it’s not only about capturing the entire look; often designers will have a particular element of the outfit that they want to highlight. It could be a tiny stitching detail, or the way a dress drapes. The colour science in the URSA Mini Pro, paired with the Fujinon lenses ensured that we could pick up the vibrant details in the Mosaert range, which are bright, youthful and playful.”

The cameras were all manually operated, and signals were sent to the production desk over fibre into the ATEM 4 M/E Production Studio 4K. This allowed the team to view all eight cameras simultaneously through the multi viewer on a large, Ultra HD monitor, ensuring they had all of the content required from the catwalk show for Stromae’s video.

ISO camera feeds were recorded on Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio Pro broadcast decks, to be taken into post for editing into the final music video. “The set-up worked really well and the kit definitely delivered on picking up the movements, colors and drama that the creative team had designed for the show,” Dulieu said. “Given the location of the show and the tight timescales, it was a challenging and high pressure event – but our experience in fashion livestreams, combined with our tried and tested Blackmagic set up meant that we were able to capture some fantastic images and angles to complement the models’ performance.”

A gallery of pictures of the event can be seen here:

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