FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio was used by musicians and content creators Jared Dines (@JaredDines_) and Angel Vivaldi (@AngelVivaldi) to post their reality competition YouTube series Musician Mansion. The team also used Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro digital film cameras to capturing the accompanying
Musician’s Mansion Podcast.
Musician Mansion streams on Dines’ YouTube channel, going out to nearly three million subscribers. The show brings 15 musicians together in one house for a competitive reality TV-style show that takes place over a week and includes musical challenges and content.
“The show takes place at a beautiful mansion called Greystone Castle,” Vivaldi notes. “We got 15 of the biggest names in music content creation, split them into three bands and made them face all sorts of fun and exciting challenges, such as writing a hit song, filming a music video and many other unexpected physical challenges.”
Post production was completed by Kevin Brady of Pacific Nomad Media using DaVinci Resolve Studio for editing, color grading and audio post, along with a DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard.
“I used Resolve from front to back in post,” Brady explains. “The new voice isolation tool was especially helpful when cleaning up our audio, since we used onboard mics in lieu of an audio person on-set when filming. We were tasked with a difficult job that needed plenty of clean up, and that plug-in and more were game changers for us.”
Brady initially began post production using a different program, but ran into playback problems, causing him to jump into Resolve headfirst.
“Resolve’s interface quickly became intuitive, and I was very surprised with the efficiency of the program itself: no frame stutters, smooth playback without render and zero crashes,” he recalls. “It was something that I wasn’t used to, and it was quite relieving. DaVinci allowed me to do my job without waiting on the program. It just worked.”
After post was completed, Vivaldi began working on the podcast.
“With the internet being such a robust and sometimes overwhelming platform for entertainment, it is easy to overlook incredibly talented musicians and personalities,” notes Vivaldi. “I wanted to arrange an opportunity for the cast to share what they do, how they got started, and the challenges they've faced in pursuing and maintaining their careers. While the focus varies between guests, the Musician’s Mansion Podcast mostly centers on the many hats each of them wears to deliver the music and content they're known for.”
The podcast was shot in Greystone Castle's game room, which was turned out to be a less-than-perfect location.
“To say it was a challenge to shoot is a vast understatement,” explains Vivaldi. “The room was the oddest shaped room I have ever seen, packed with arcade machines and game tables, some of which were impossible to move. The area was incredibly restrictive, but we pushed through and made it work thanks to the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro’s compact form factor.”