July 14, 1973

A Led Zeppelin Concert Film...

date: 
July 14, 1973
description: 
A Led Zeppelin Concert Film...

Peter Grant contacts director Joe Massot and makes arrangements to film the band in concert. Massot had approached the band earlier in the year and pitched his idea about a film project on the group but was initially turned down.

He would meet with Peter Grant and road manager Richard Cole days later in Boston to make the arrangements. Some offstage filming and test concert footage began in Pittsburgh on July 24th. Three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden are filmed and used for The Song Remains Same movie released in 1976.

Up to four 35mm cameras were used (depending on which night) - Arriflex 35BL with 400' film cartridges.  A 16mm Éclair ACL camera was occasionally used for insert shots / offstage and crowd shots. The camera crew would take notes & photos through each of these last gigs (from July 24-29), to learn the song order and the stage lighting etc. The film would be taken to Aquarius Transfer in NYC -  the dailies watched with the Director of Photography as well as Peter Grant, Robert and JP.

 

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