Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Filming Multi-Camera Sketch Comedy with Michael Franks | All That | Nickelodeon

On a recent episode of Go Creative Show, host Ben Concoli spoke to DP Michael Franks about shooting multi-camera sketch comedy, as well as Nickelodeon’s reboot of the network's iconic 90’s sketch comedy series, All That!

Michael shares stories from his early career at Saturday Night Live and how it prepared him for All That. He also shares insight on the grueling work schedule that is required when working on a weekly sketch comedy show, where you need to light over 70 sets in 5 weeks. Ben and Michael also discuss the challenge of lighting for multiple cameras.

Michael also shares what his preferred camera and lens packages are and what skills are required when working in multi-cam environments.

You can listen to the full episode below.

Topics Covered

  • Why Michael started his career as a photographer
  • How Michael transitioned from photographer to filmmaker
  • Michael’s early career with NBC and SNL
  • How Michael worked for 56 hours in just 4 days at Saturday Night Live
  • Michael shares how he lit over 70 sets in a span of just 5 weeks at SNL
  • Michael’s cinematography work on Nickelodeon’s reboot of All That
  • How Michael uses his experience on SNL as the cinematographer of All That
  • What equipment Michael’s team uses to ensure a successful multi-cam shoot
  • How Michael faces the challenge of lighting for multiple cameras
  • The camera and lens packages for All That
  • Creating the look and color of All That
  • Important skillsets for multi-camera cinematography
  • Michael’s work on Amazon’s Sigmund and the Sea Monster from Sid & Marty Krofft

In addition to All That, Michael Franks has also worked on Nickelodeon's MUTT & Stuff, Bella and the Bulldogs and The Wilde Bunch.

Watch All That on Nickelodeon!

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