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FINDING AND SHOOTING WITH A DONKEY

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1st April 2016

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That's the photo-story of how I found and got a performance out of the hero of my video here, Donkey Kajal!

 

SONG LYRICS : 

I met an ass, he said he had a dream

Of being a singer, he asked me, did it seem

Very likely, he'd be a superstar?

I said, let's step into my studio, its not far...

He sang his song repeatedly but still

he said the notes sound wrong, I said, just chill

We'll autotune your ass off, autotune your ass off

Let's autotune your ass off, autotune your ass off

 

I'm feeling nervous, he said, do I sound fine? 

I said, relax and trust in Melodyne

Irrespective of the key in which you bray

In the end, Antares saves the day

So sing your heart out, lay your soul bare, 

And then we'll pitch correct you till you sound like Cher...

We'll autotune your ass off, autotune your ass off

Let's autotune your ass off, autotune your ass off

 

Melodyne and Antares, incidentally, are two of the most popular pitch correcting softwares used by studios, producers and engineers in the music industry. And Cher was the first artiste to use the extreme form of pitch-correction refered to as Autotune, in her 1998 song, "Believe" - after which of course autotune became a rage, an essential tool in every sonic kit! 

 

Trying to Autotune an ass is far from easy, or pleasant!! Its braying has such complex overtones that some pitch-correcting softwares simply refuse to recognize it as a "voice" of any kind! This song was undoubtedly the most challenging pitch correction job I've done to date. After all these hours spent working with all this untampered braying, I think I'm ready to take on any manner of vocalist in the future! Oh and its been fun generating ass harmonies for that last chorus! 

 

Making the video for the song was a whole new challenge altogether. The entire donkey episode was shot by C.B. using a special wide angle lens that could fit in the donkey's enormous head. Bringing the donkey into my studio was CB wielding his magic VFX wand on a sky that served as a chroma screen that just wouldn't key! 
 

It took a kilo and a half of carrots to keep the donkey focussed on its performance without shaking off the headphones or the giant shades. As suggested by a friend who was helping me out with donkey research, I'd taken YouTube videos of a donkey braying on my ipad, as that's supposed to evoke a sympathetic performance out of some donkeys - except that our guy just didn't buy it. 

 

Hats off to Kajal's chief handler, Biju Dilip Singh Rana, for handling the entire two hour shoot in the most professional manner possible.

 

 

 

 

NEW EXPERIENCES : 

 

1) Obviously, pitch-correcting a donkey, and shooting with a donkey

 

2) This video marks my very first PTC (Piece To Camera) - never spoken to a selfie video camera before