Producer Howard Weisman with Forest Hills Pictures out of Connecticut called on Jeff Landie and Sloan Productions to provide a 4 person video production crew to shoot all events surrounding a members-only concert for Starwood’s Preferred Guests. SPG members used points to acquire tickets to this special event: singer Jewel performing a private concert at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA.
The shoot began with two camera interviews with Jewel. One of the goals was to optimize the look by achieving a shallow depth of field to soften the backgrounds. Other pre-concert events included a behind-the-scenes tour, meet-and-greet with Jewel, and a pre-concert cocktail party featuring noted bartender and mixologist Greg Seider out of New York. The main event was a solo performance by Jewel on acoustic guitar. Jeff and crew shot events using two Canon C300 cameras. Lenses included Canon L Series f2.8 zooms as well as faster prime lenses to help with some of the low-light scenes. Additional concert footage was gathered using a GoPro for a 2nd angle. Howard Weisman used his extensive producing experience with the subject matter to expertly move the crew through all events.