How best to reflect the sheer unbridled joy and endless eccentricity of this, the friendliest party on the planet?
Our starting point is with what we find. At this, the fancy dress party to end them all, participants interact with theme, art and music, interpreting them in individual ways to become their own art forms. Our creative contribution is to interpret their stories on film, capturing their Party as they experience it, reflecting the essence of what makes this festival so great: truly the best of British.
Our edit is always guided by the festivalÕs annual theme, and how people respond to it, this yearÕs being ÔOrigins and FrontiersÕ. With the festival music spanning folk to house and everything in between, the biggest conundrum to solve, as ever, was finding a score to suit. Our music-mad director found the perfect nu beats track nestled at the very back of her mix tape cabinet. Magic.
On the ground, our director and camera crew negotiated the festive frolics for three days, capturing the Partiers in close up. We used a range of HD cameras across the weekend, from our events-friendly, in-house Panasonic HVX 201 to cope with low light and variable frame rates, to the two Canon DSLR 5Ds, when we wanted a photographic feel for lush and studied moments.
So to the beast of an edit… using three cameras over three days resulted in way too much phenomenal footage, making those editorial choices even more painful than usual. Matching very disparate shots between cameras and colour grading were a breeze by comparison.
The Secret Garden Party’s website is legendary amongst festival fiends, and here our film forms a seamless part of the topsoil germinating next year’s seedlings. Prior to appearing on the community section of the site, the film featured in the crucial pre-Christmas mailout, offering loyal Partiers privileged access to an early-bird preview.
And so to next year…