In his new single shot promo Mistrz! for reggae/rap outfit KaCeZet & Fundamenty, director Florian Malak employs a rotofreeze technique to highlight the skills of a diverse selection of physically creative ‘masters’. We asked Florian to tell us a little more about how the promo came into being.
The KaCeZet & Fundamenty song is called Master! and the feeling you get listening to the track is a kind of positive affirmation so my concept was to show as many real “masters” as possible; the masters of circus bike, dance, pole dance and parkour – people who are doing some great stuff and are full of passion. The next step was finding a framework within which to strengthen those master’s movements. We decided to use a rotofreeze technique to highlight key frames of the master moves.
We did some small tests before shooting, but all rehearsals of the final continuous shot took place during the first 5 hours of the shooting day. Trust me, it was a crazy day, with a lot of adventures! We ultimately did something like 12 takes; I decided to use the penultimate run through as it had the best rhythm of the story. When you prepare such a long single take shot you need to have a perfect correlation between space and time, and we managed to get that after a 9 hour shooting day including all the on set rehearsals. My DoP Tomek Naumiuk and I decided to shoot on the Sony F5 as we knew it performed well under low light conditions.
The next step was the online work with the great people from Televisor postproduction house – a special thanks to Hubert Mazaki Dłużniewski, Televisor online artist. We created the rotofreeze frames of the master moves and also added some extra tricks such as the invisible longboard.