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Video Supporting Audio in “Holy Cow Lisa”

February 17, 2014 by   

Holy Cow Lisa from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

Some of us have posted some great pieces that have relied on an audio recording that is then coupled with either archival photos or quirky graphics to visually illustrate the story. This video does something similar, but while taking things in a new direction. In “Holy Cow Lisa” the filmmaker has recorded a conversation between her professor and herself. As we saw in “The Gap,” the video is a chance to be playful and veer a little off course from audio we hear. The video is a place to be imaginative. We know that the filmmaker is experiencing a break up and we get her feeling of what it is like to talk to people about it and feel. We then get the deeper story of her professor’s experience. She again uses interesting and quirky ways to convey the details of his story. Sometimes she uses more straightforward methods with archival photos, but often she is keeping the viewer aroused with unexpected and humorous scenes or graphics. There is a lot of freedom and FUN possible in this kind of filmmaking. She takes this idea of relying solely on an audio bed upon which separately created visuals are placed even further in a piece she made after this video called “the scared is scared.” It’s hard not to love it because of there is a simplicity to it: Just show what the kid is saying. And yet it feels somehow like you are not just seeing word for word what he saying because the filmmaker has so many ways that what he is saying could be shown, so there feels like a big element of surprise. Yes, I know as a viewer that I am about to see exactly what this kid will say, but how will it be shown to me.


the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.


  1. says:

    Yes!! This is so much like what I had in mind to do with my video. Just have fun with it. I really love the idea of making a video to prerecorded audio. Both of these videos are really creative, and the filmmaker does a great job of keeping you hooked.

  2. says:

    Ohmagosh Jarratt, I LOVED this video. More than The Gap (even though I the one who posted it, ha). Each shot in this piece was creative and humorous and heart-wrenching, and I think the video did way more than simply illustrate the audio–it filled in a ton both “plot”-wise and emotionally. I love the sequence where the professor keeps saying “I don’t love you anymore,” she decides that’s not enough, and adds a bunch of “he doesn’t love you anymore” into the video. Great stuff.

  3. says:

    This was a great use of a piece that could have been used in several mediums. Take away the video and you have a great radio piece. Even if you take away the soundtrack and add in the correct music then this could be just a straight video piece as well, even if it would lose a lot of it’s effect. Great find Jarrett.

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