Friday, August 26, 2011

Rose & Arlene: A Songwriter Takes the Stage

This was not done for school. It was a documentary following a one act play submission into a one act play festival (Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the festival). Now this a a 5 minute version, with the original being about 10 minutes long. I still have to upload the full version but for now you can check out what its all about with this one. The project was a collaborative effort with my friend Andrew Lewis (who found the project). I shot most of the interview footage, as well as rehearsal. Andrew shot the rest and we were given some resources as well. I edited the whole thing together in FCP7.

I like the way this one turned out. Again, it was my first venture into the world of documentary. Given that I think that we were able to capture a lot of information and present it in a way that wasn't too biographical (because that was what the play was for. We were simply supposed to document the making of the play). I think that the footage was real and had a very authentic feel to it.

Improvements here are mostly technical. I think that the sound mixing could do some work. I'm sure that somewhere there was better rehearsal footage that could have been used. Color Correction could use some work too. Hopefully next time I will be able to work with more resources and have more access to everyone involved.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seeking the Lord

Now this I don't know what to think of. It was a completely open assignment in my summer editing class. I actually had a bit of trouble with all this freedom and found it difficult to come up with something I found interesting. Ultimately I decided to shoot the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Obviously it became something very different.

I do like it though. It was shot on a simple, Canon PowerShot camera. I played with the color setting a little. The only footage from the parade that remained were the signs about Sin and Hell. The rest is just a shot of my eye, altered in FCP7 so it slowly moves outward. The sound is a lo fi sermon I found from the 1950's. I cut up the sermon so that it sounded "remixed".

I really can't criticize this one too much because there is nothing to criticize. It is what it is and it is nothing. There was no underlying meaning to this video. I really just wanted to mess around with FCP7 and learn anchor points, color correction and sound editing (all of which were firsts on this project).