Defacto organised a fireworks, 3D mapping & light show in front of La Grande Arche de la Défense near Paris. The show was created by Les Petits Français with original music by Pascal Lengagne and Philippe Villar. I went on location the day before in order to decide on the best spot to set my camera and take some photos of the tests they were running. Most people walking there were confused by all the weird lights and were trying to figure out what was going on.
I arrived 3 hours before the show to save my spot on the day. The place got crowded very fast to the point where it became impossible to move. I brought my second camera in hope of shooting a few photos while the other one was filming but I was more concerned about keeping my tripod safe from people all around me.
The show was great and being in the back gave me a wide view with all the light effects and reflections on the buildings. I was a bit too far to capture the 3D mapping video projection though. Special thanks to Pascal Lengagne and Philippe Villar for kindly providing me with the original soundtrack to use for my video of the show. The recording on my camera definitely wouldn’t have done justice to their work.
I also made a short edited / remix / synced version of the show with custom music. The track is Katana Blaster (Constantly Playing Mix) by Mick Gordon from Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson‘s album Impostor Nostalgia. The intro is Monochrome by Hachiouji-P from ViViD Wave album.
I used the Canon 6D and Canon 16-35 L II f2.8 with settings 16mm, 1/60s, 1600ISO, f2.8, Cinestyle. The intro is a timelapse made with GoPro Hero3 Black. This kind of event is the worst situation for shooting video but the 6D did a nice job, much better than my old 60D. I could have shot using 30fps and gain 1 stop of light but I think 60fps really adds a lot to the video.
I eventually got in touch with the creators of the show who were interested in using my pictures and video for their showreel, available here with extra info about the show and creation process.