Foo Fighters Hit the Road to Record 'Sonic Highways'

To capture more than 480 hours of performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the team used Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD recorders.
Author:
Publish date:

An eight-part documentary series directed by Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways explores the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Each one-hour episode is devoted to a different musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city. Episodes are set in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Executive producers James A. Rota of Roswell Films and John Ramsay of Therapy Studios oversaw the documentary’s production.

To capture more than 480 hours of performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the team used Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Studio Pro SSD recorders. “It was incredibly easy to set up the cameras with the HyperDecks and record to SSDs all day,” says Ramsay. “For impromptu performances, we could throw the camera and HyperDeck setup together, recording live performances on the fly. It gave us a flexible, tight workflow instead of having to deal with a complicated one.”

Image placeholder title

From Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl, Ben Jaffe, Clint Maedgen, Rickie Monie, Mark Braud, Ronell Johnson and Freddie Lonzo. Photo by Andrew Stuart.

Six HyperDeck Studio Pros were dispersed among six flypacks, situated near static cameras capturing the action from all angles, and the HyperDeck’s dual SSD recording slots provided continuous recording. “The HyperDecks let us record, play back, use timecode and basically ‘set and forget’ all day. It was like having a never-ending tape machine,” explains Rota. “When the day was over, the drives went to the DIT, who backed up the footage and sent it to L.A. for post.”

“The documentary process really became part of the music, and any production issues would have affected the album,” Ramsay concludes. “Not having to worry about technical aspects and having a solid workflow was amazing.”

Related

Colonie - Logo Small

The Colonie Promotes Graham Chapman to Editor

The Colonie has announced that Graham Chapman has been promoted to editor, continuing the Chicago-based postproduction company’s long tradition of nurturing extraordinary young talent and developing its next generation of editors from within.

RTI_RTIXCEL_Experience

RTI Launches Multi-Tiered RTIXCEL Training Program

RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced that the RTIXCEL Training Program has officially launched. RTIXCEL offers a range of options designed to give custom installers the resources needed to master Integration Designer® APEX and gain a deeper knowledge of the technologies they use every day. RTIXCEL Online, RTI's new state-of-the-art learning system, delivers a comprehensive curriculum, allowing dealers to learn effectively at their own pace. Online learning complements other RTIXCEL training programs, including TechTalk webinars, on-site training held around the world, and the RTIXCEL Experience, a three-day, hands-on training hosted at RTI headquarters in Minnesota. These accredited courses give integrators education units for CEDIA and AVIXA certifications.

BenQ_InstaShow

BenQ Amps Up 21st Century Learning at TCEA 2019

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, will feature its purpose-built display solutions for education at the 2019 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and Exposition, Feb. 4-8 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio. In booth 1562, BenQ will show educators interactive flat panels, laser projectors and collaboration solutions that will help transform the learning experience to drive success for every student.