Recently, STROMA Films were delighted to start working with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO). We were asked to create a film about their new principal conductor, Maxim Emelyanychev and have recently finalised the edit of Meet Max.
Maxim Emelyanychev is the SCO’s newly appointed principal conductor and having seen our advice films for St Mary’s Music School, the SCO wanted us to create a similarly styled character profile to help introduce Max. We decided from the start that the film would focus on the preparations in the lead up to the orchestra’s performance of Haydn’s The Seasons at the Usher Hall, providing us with the ideal opportunity to get behind the scenes and observe the orchestra, chorus, soloists and Max working closely together.
Having recce’d the location, we planned our 2-day shoot around Max’s availability for interview and rehearsal sessions with time set aside to film scenes that would help pace a dramatic build-up to the actual performance. 2 crews, 4 cameras, including a remotely operated FS7 focussed on Max and hidden amongst the wind section. A dedicated audio recording via 6 microphones placed onstage and in the auditorium helped overcome the logistical and technical challenge of providing the required visual coverage and full orchestra sound.
Max himself was an absolute gift and it was his willingness, wit, energy and charm (not to mention, incredible talent!) that presented us with the equal challenge of how to whittle down so many moments of insight into a 5-minute film!
A nice problem to have.
Our film can viewed on our website www.stromafilms/projects/meet-max/.
STROMA Films is a video production company based in Edinburgh and led by filmmakers Brian Ross and Douglas Walker.
STROMA Films, 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QB
Meet Max Film
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