February 15, 2014 by email@example.com
After seeing this kid’s video, I basically feel like a pre-schooler in the world of digital editing. On the other hand, it is really inspiring. He does all his work on Final Cut, so technically I suppose we have the capabilities to create these kind of videos. It’s also no surprise that his YouTube handle is Final Cut King – if you’re looking for more of his stuff there’s tons out there. Which leads to the other inspiring aspect of King’s work. In the behind the scenes video I posted below, he states that he tries to put up one Vine 6 second video a day, which he claims he can bust out in under an hour. This prolific nature of his work has led him to having over half a million followers on Vine and YouTube. So as we’ve heard before, we should all just be putting as much stuff out there as possible. Even if not all of it is your most quality work, you gain an audience by building a reputation of regularity. This is something I’ve found on my music blog. I try to post an entry every weekday, and it has created not only a regular daily following, but it has also created a backlog of material that is constantly drawing in new readers. I’m currently averaging around 6,000 unique viewers a month.
So if you get a good idea, run with it, and keep running with it, and the quality of your material will only increase after time.
Category Winter Week 6 | Tags: Final Cut Pro,funny,post-production | 2 Comments
November 13, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a flawless, hero-like obsession with Spike Jonze. In my mind, the man has a track-record of perfection with everything he’s ever touched. At first I intended to write a post about his old Adidas ad – potentially my favorite commercial of all time. But in stumbling around Youtube, I came across this Ikea ad from 2006 that I had never seen before. It’s 60 seconds of what now ranks in my Top 5 Jonze moments of all time.
The ad utilizes the art of framing. The same scenes in this short film would have been completely meaningless if taken from other angles. And while there are a couple pov shots, the majority of this ad utilizes nothing more than the angle of framing on the subject to instill a strong sense of personification on the lamp. At first you expect the lamp to move or show some sign of artificial life, but that bending of reality becomes completely unnecessary – I think it’s brilliant. Of course the full genius of the production comes at the end, when the fourth wall is dropped and the viewer is mocked for falling for the illusion of instilled emotion. This video is incredibly inspiring in its emphasis on not what you’re shooting, but how you’re shooting it.
Category Week 7 | Tags: commercial,funny,Spike Jonze | 1 Comment
November 6, 2013 by email@example.com
This is a classic piece of Oregon journalism that a few years ago found virality well beyond the borders of our state. Despite it now being being 43 years old, the drawing power of its storytelling is still quite powerful. Some of the camera work is a little shaky, but I think the cuts are all pieced together quite well. The one distance shot showing the blubber raining down is one of my favorites – really classic stuff. I wonder if that one car owner’s insurance covered this disaster – “Yes hello. I went to watch the whale explosion today and a giant piece of blubber crushed my Ford. You guys will take care of that, right?”
Anyway, I think it’s quite a dynamic piece, and proof that a solid story pieced together well can survive for years despite the graininess of its production. Its inspiring to think that 40 years from now, when movies are telepathically beamed directly into our brains, there will still be motivation to view films created in an antiquated form of medium.
Category Week 5 | Tags: funny,journalism | 1 Comment
October 30, 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s a slow week. This inspires me to think about all the minutia involved in any action, and how the naked eye simply doesn’t see it. In a sense, this is a reason to take up a camera, to document the fascinating and inane nature of life at a different speed. Also: who knew??? I guess film can actually teach us while entertaining.
In terms of set up, I like how they’ve got the pooches in a controlled environment, almost interview style, to mitigate any interference and focus on the important elements. Namely, exactly what happens when a dog shakes? 🙂
Category Week 1, Weekly Inspiration | Tags: controlled setting,dogs,funny,slow motion | 3 Comments