We'd worked with Nick and Amelia from Sylvan Esso on a few other projects when they reached out to talk about filming 6 in-studio, live performances of songs from their then recently released album, "What Now".
Most of the examples of these kinds of videos online either have lots of little dslr's in a room shown as-is or really big setups with tons of massive camera setups, huge lights, big built sets, and smoke. We didn't have the desire to throw a bunch of dslr's in a room nor did we have a budget to play like the big guys, but we still wanted to do what we could to make it as dreamy or as visually-exciting as we could. With that in mind, we knew we'd have to call in some favors and do some magic to get the right cameras, lenses, and lights for the project.
For camera department, we managed to squeeze every drop of our budget and get 3 RED Dragons with 3 Easyrigs, and for that extra-special sauce we used a set of LOMO anamorphic lenses (35, 50, 85), hence the J.J. Abrams Star Trek look.
For lights, we were going to be in a small sanctuary with big tall windows and hard wood floors. The windows might have been great, but being we'd be filming multiple takes of songs throughout the day and wouldn't have crew to adjust lighting/grip as the sun moved, we had to black out the windows to have a completely controlled environment. From there we created a general lighting plot to key everyone in the room plus the addition of some small fixtures throughout to flair those anamorphics and go for broke on a washy flaired-out look.