What’s that un-PC expression about two birds and one stone?
Well in chairman Barrie Gibbard’s case it certainly proved correct when he competed in the club’s Ray Jennings, the annual cut-to-music competition (February 24 2015).
As Barrie explained after his entry Strings Attached outperformed four other entries to win the judges’ vote in the annual technical challenge: runner-up was Brands Hatch 1969 by Robin Garton, and third Measuring up for Lunch, Paul Desmond.
The results of the members’ vote were: first, Holiday in New Zealand by Peter Noakes; second Strings Attached by Barrie Gibbard; and third Measuring up for Lunch, Paul Desmond.
We interviewed Barrie after the competition to see how he went about meeting the challenge:
Q: What gave you the idea for that particular treatment?
A: It was a simple question of need! I needed to restring my guitar plus I needed to shoot something for the Ray Jennings competition. It was simply a question of combining the two.
Q: How did you go about filming yourself?
A: Quite a lot of preparation was involved. I knew our coffee table made a good surface for the job as I had used it before, covered with a soft 'throw' that just happens to be a nice deep blue, which was a perfect backdrop against the light and dark woods of the guitar. A cushion under the headstock kept it all nicely supported.
I knew this was a one-take video exercise: I wasn't about to restring the guitar three times to get the shots! I set up three cameras on tripods: my Canon AF100 aimed end-on to the guitar body; my Sony NX5 opposite me and as high as I could get it for the GV; and my Sony RX100m3 (which is actually a stills camera that takes fantastic video) set up as close as I could get it on the headstock where I figured most of the interesting action would be.
Because the cameras were to be unmanned, I had to set them up to get a good balance between close-ups; for points of higher interest but also to account for the fact that the guitar had to be lifted and turned over and I couldn't always guarantee to put it back down in exactly the same place.
So I didn't go in too tight on the basis I could always cut into the footage if I had too much but couldn't add anything I didn't have. Also I had to be careful not to include any parts of the other cameras, tripod legs (most difficult) or stands. Not that easy!