Here is a video brought to my attention by someone very close to me who was involved in it’s making. Aside from being pretty funny, I like the simplicity and shortness of this video. My understanding is that it was a school assignment for a video production class and the cast of a school play. Each actor was given an emotion to convey (emotional, loopy, etc.) and there was no script. A lot of the humor comes from the editing.
The lesson I learn from this video is that editing can add context, humor, and visual stimulation without being overdone.
For one of my classes, I had to learn how to create animated GIF files in photoshop. I used this as an opportunity to make a stop motion GIF! I took about 30 pictures and opened them in photoshop. I changed each size to 800 x 600 pixels and the resolution to 72. Then, I saved them as consecutive numbers, which was easy since they were already saved as “IMG4356.jpg,” which I just changed to “65.jpg.” Then, I opened the first image in photoshop and selected “Image Sequence.” I chose 3 frames per second because I wanted it to look rickety without being slow. Lastly, I saved for web as a gif! This was much easier than I thought it would be and I look forward to using animation in the future. I noticed the sound function and would love to play around with that as well! Enjoy it here!
It is time to start planning my next video! I think this time I want to try to make a stop motion tutorial. I really enjoy cooking so I plan to take one of my holiday-themed recipes and share it with you. This project will not require as much research and fewer actors, which means that it will be more dependent on my schedule than anything else.
I was very lucky that the first people I asked to read the script were willing to do the audio on short notice. One of them recorded everything on a friend’s laptop microphone. I instructed him to go through the script a few times so that I could have some choices. This worked out really great because he didn’t lose his flow if he stumbled a little bit.
My other two vocal actors helped me out in person. I used Garageband on my computer to record their lines.
Then, I used a free converting software to convert all audio to mp3 and import into iMovie. I put the audio clips into the corresponding scenes and slid them back and forth to make sure they fit nicely with the scenes. Then, I cut some video off each scene so that there was not empty space.
I really would have liked to add in some music to the beginning of the video. I might do that if I have time over Thanksgiving!
I have been very busy! I began selecting the best film clips and using their thumbnails to create a storyboard. Since my vocals are all going to be dubbed over afterward, I didn’t need to write the script before I started filming.
I chose 12 clips of 5-10 seconds each to make a video that will run about 2 minutes. Then, I moved the storyboard around a few times to figure out how to create the best story. I named each of these “scenes” and wrote out an outline for my script. Then, I watched each clip and wrote a few lines of dialogue that would fit in that time period.
Last, I typed up my script and read it over a few times. I let it stew for a few days and came back to it.
I am working on the audio and final editing this week. I will get the video out to you by next week! Thank you for your patience!
I really want my short to resemble a documentary, so I am watching some short documentaries on Minimovies.
I am trying to learn more about the style of editing and what kind of music to overlay. I really liked the one called I Love Alaska, which was created after AOL accidentally made public 3 months of searches. Here, a woman’s search history is used to tell her heartbreaking story. There is a comedic tone, as the first few searches include “how to flirt with a man” and “is George Clooney gay?.”
The documentary is broken up into thirteen episodes, so users have the opportunity to skip around. I won’t give the story away, but I am impressed at how much you can learn about a person through their search history (I hope this never happens to me).
I like how the voiceover is simple and generic. I am somewhat bored by the background. However, the story is not immediately obvious, so you are drawn into watching multiple short episodes. I think the first few queries allow the reader to see the potential and connect with the story before it even begins.
I hope to find a way to connect with my viewers emotionally as well! I know that people who were affected by Hurricane Irene will certainly pay attention, but I also want to appeal to everyman.
As the weather is starting to get chilly here in Connecticut, I have decided it is time to start filming. I need to get out to Cosey Beach and get a few shots before the weather turns on me.
I have written out a set of shots I need to get out there. I am also hoping to start compiling the photographs and video so generously donated to me. Thank you friends for pulling through!
I even have an audio guy lined up to help me with a soundtrack for the background at various points of the video. We have discussed how long it needs to be and the style of music I am looking for.
I am also going to come up with my interview questions this week. I’ve been reading tips for successful interviews! I do, indeed, plan to ask my interviewees why they care and to bring a buddy to also take notes.
While I am in the process of collecting media and interviewing people about Hurricane Irene, I am also studying how people typically put film shorts together. On delicious.com, I found these Guidelines for producing a short documentary, which should be helpful, as I would like my film to resemble a documentary. Here are the parts that will be helpful to me:
Have a clear focus.
Watch other documentaries first to learn from their style.
If a shoot doesn’t look great, make up an excuse to reshoot that doesn’t upset the interviewee.
Make the shots longer as opposed to shorter.
Identify bad bits.
I think that I need to clarify my focus before I begin assembling everything. I should probably write it on my hand whenever filming to make sure that I am not getting pulled in the wrong direction. I really want to focus on the people affected by Hurricane Irene and their emotions.
I need to plan extra time for reshooting. I know a friend who had to wait a year to reshoot something because the seasons changed between the time he shot the film and the time he realized that some scenes needed reshooting. This makes me think that I should shoot as many scenes indoors as possible.
I like the idea of getting long shots over shorter ones. What if I decide to add some music and headlines later on? Having longer bits that I can cut up is a good idea. I hope I have enough memory on my camera!
I also plan to identify bad bits at the beginning of editing as opposed to at the end. If I don’t like something, I can reshoot early on. I don’t want to get stuck with an important piece that’s done poorly. If it sacrificed the quality of my film in the end, I would be devastated!