Right in our backyard is the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Each and every time we approach the venue it is exciting to see it from afar. Formed over 250,000 years ago, the venue is situated in between two 300-foot tall sandstone monoliths and along with a panoramic view of Denver, it makes for a breathtaking scene to catch a show. We always feel privileged to work in this special place.
Walking to the empty amphitheater is a special thing on a sunny summer day. Often we arrive on site early in the morning as the crew loads in the lighting and sound gear. During this time there is always lots of action, and we love to film the crew at work and tell their story. Envision sound engineers blasting test music while union roadies fix the lighting 50 feet above the stage. These are the people behind-the-scenes who make the shows runs smoothly, and they often don’t get enough credit for what they do. We always include these segments in our documentaries to show the teamwork involved hours before any concert goes enters the venue. From about 8AM till 2PM they are hard at work getting everything set so when the band walks on stage at 2:30 for sound-check all systems are go.
(The Alabama Shakes – Photo by Jesse R. Borrell)
This summer we worked with a variety of new clients at Red Rocks (including Bassnectar, Gramatik, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, and Goldfish) and we were hired back to work with repeat clients (The String Cheese Incident and Railroad Earth). No two live concerts are the same, and we use this as an advantage to ensure our final products are unique every time. We are releasing two live concert DVD’s from 2014 (with one more to be announced soon) for Shpongle and Railroad Earth. There is a physicality to the ending result that we feel is uniquely NOCOAST, and watch as the crowd becomes a character themselves in the following trailers:
NOCOAST has been working in Colorado’s Front Range for over 6 years,
and throughout that time we have worked at Red Rocks over 25 times. Being in the crowd is always fun, but there is a whole different feeling when you walk across the stage in front of thousands when filming a concert. Often we are hired to bring in our crew and film a show from various angles. On any given night we bring in 25-foot camera jibs, multiple Camera Goat cinema dollys, and upwards of 10 different cameras to film a show. Although our main focus is to capture the action of a specific band, we enjoy deploying multiple steady-cam operators to immerse themselves within the crowd to capture the emotion from their perspective. Here is NOCOAST DP Jeffery Garland filming the Yonder Mountain String Band with two cameras on a 10-foot Camera Goat (photo by Jaime DuMont):
Check out one of our favorite clients, Lotus, perform their song “Age of Inexperience” to a sold out crowd in 2012:
(Above photos by Nicholas Borrell of The Healing Home, Tobin Voggesser, and Jesse R. Borrell)