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3 Dec 2011 02:01
Last year, in early December, I created a short (30 minute) documentary DVD utilizing much of the footage I had shot in my 4 months of being in Alaska. It was done under duress, of sorts, as a gift for family and friends.
It was a hit, for the most part. I even liked it a little bit, and although it's not perfect, was fun, and will form the basis for a commercial DVD specifically tailored to tourists and visitors who want something a little different.
Well, it's that time again. I have a lot more footage, and about the same amount of time to get this done in.
Trouble is, I don't know how to start! I have many clips that are beautiful and entrancing time lapses, scenic shots, boats, animals, and miscellaneous. I'd like to do something different, not the proper documentary form I adopted last year, andt not just "music videos" or a slide show of moving images. I don't mind cutting it up into chunks for display on Vimeo or YouTube....in fact I'd like that.
Short expos of various related footage assembled together with music will work, as in this work, although mine will not be as grand in scope or technical achievement, the general idea is similar:
But I'm searching for something a bit more....a story, perhaps, but not so convoluted and intense that I have trouble maintaining continuity...I can get into trouble that way!
I will NOT use others' music without permission....and I have some of my own left that I did not use last year, and I have a couple musicians that I can work with....but time is short...
Any ideas? Recommendations for viewing?
Changed 5 Dec 2011 11:25 by Mizamook "clarification"
Changed 30 Dec 2011 21:14 by Mizamook ""
3 Dec 2011 02:22
I am starting the "easy" clip, using an older piece of mine, solo piano, and laying timelapse/nature scenes (but not animals) over it.
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Tempest solo piano
3 Dec 2011 04:09
My mom bought about a dozen nature DVDs recently that are themed around places like Giant Redwoods, The Grand Canyon, a nature program for sea life (with narration), and the like. The scenes are tranquil, look great on her tube TV, and sound amazing! I could see how your family DVD would be such a hit.
As for ideas for your next project...? I'm not sure. Strap HD GoPros to the heads of kids and watch how they scurry around on the playground? Just kidding.
3 Dec 2011 04:15
Thanks for the input. The footage for this next project is mostly going to be that which is in my portfolio already. In fact, I'd like to see how far I can get with that.
The reason I don't want it all to be tranquil/flowing beauty and all that, just set to music, is that I like to have some kind of thread to weave in an through my work, whether it is 5 minutes or 120.
Now the kids idea is kinda cool...but it would be nice to hide the cameras.
3 Dec 2011 05:58
Do you have time to learn VJ software and/or hardware?
Try layering your clips from the following bins:
Patterns and Textures
Sun, Moon, Clouds
Sunsets and Sunrises
Snow and Winter
Now you'll need to add some music.
3 Dec 2011 07:52
Some money would be inspirational...
3 Dec 2011 16:12
Are you giving any away?
3 Dec 2011 20:03
Not unless I reach my inspiration quota.
3 Dec 2011 20:05
What is your inspiration quota?
3 Dec 2011 23:43
Dude! Your documentary was incredible! It inspired me! Go with your instincts, you obviously know what you are doing :)
Have you ever tried this website for music? This guy doesn't charge but only asks for donations. I have used this website several times.
4 Dec 2011 08:04
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Unfortunately my instincts are telling me I'm barking up the wrong tree with the new one!
Interesting site. Thanks for the info. I'll certainly keep that in mind, although I like to provide my own, or have a hand directly in its making....it takes almost as long to select sound track music as it does to sit down and create it! Well, not really, but it seems that way....
4 Dec 2011 16:39
The music you used in that documentary is going to be hard to beat. It fit it like a glove!
5 Dec 2011 08:27
Your documentary was awesome and professional and so was the music. It was real inspirational. great job.
29 Dec 2011 23:38
Here's the first of my series for this year. The others are waiting on permission from the people whose music I used.
The music is a work in progress....I need to get my cello fixed so I can redo the tracks without buzzing...although the buzzing sounds cool sometimes...
Enjoy! (sorry about the watermarks)
Mizamook Filmworks 2011 Nature Scenic Timelapse Reel
30 Dec 2011 17:32
I have no Inspiration or Focus for you but I really love your Oregon Time Lapse video!
30 Dec 2011 21:13
I'm going to have to remove that video from that post....I stated therein that it wasn't mine, but the confusion remains!
21 Jan 2012 02:13
Inspired me too:))))))thanks
here we go:
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14 Apr 2012 06:16
I totally lost my inspirational flow.
14 Apr 2012 06:28
Drink some wine! Or shoot video of a moose chasing a dog down the road. Worked for me.... (yeah, both...)
17 Apr 2012 08:26
I will go out and buy a few bottles of wine. I guess one won't suffice. Thanks for the advice! :)