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Athens Hip Hop Documentary

By on Sep 24, 2013

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Throughout this semester I will be creating a documentary that explores the relatively unknown hip hop scene in Athens OH. Each element of hip hop (MC, DJ, Graffiti, B-Boy) will be characterized by one of the prominent members in the Hip Hop community, in hopes of familiarizing the audience with hip hop within and outside of Athens.

Using the Canon 5D Mark II and Zeiss lenses I captured footage at Hip Hop Shop at the Union. I have done this many time before, but only with a 60D and a standard lens. The Union always has a noticeable lack of lighting during this event, which often gave me trouble with my own camera. However this time I found much more success with the equipment I rented, the 5D was great in low light and allowed me to maintain the atmosphere at Hip Hop Shop.

The second shoot was an interview with an Athens MC who goes by Jean P the MC, and has had relative success within the industry. The Zeiss Lenses allowed me to really separate the subject from the background in a location where I did not have much control over the lighting.

Overall the first weekend of shooting went well, and the equipment has been very beneficial to me.