Its been such a long time since I used Premiere Pro. I started this project and finished within 24 hrs. I was so stumped on what to film. I love storytelling through cinematography, but I’ve never actually been good at writing or thinking of stories. Though I’m proud of myself for completing this assignment in 24 hours, there are so many things I would have done differently. (Spoilers Ahead) I don’t like the placement of the second to last shot in my film. I think its a nice shot, but it doesn’t set up/support the last shot. The beginning shot is too shaky and angled funky. I wish I had taken a few more shots of it to have backups. During the editing process, I realized I lost a lot of footage and/or it wasn’t organized. If I were to do this differently I would have spent more time planning in pre-production. Overall, this was such a fun project. I hope you all enjoy!
When I imagined making a “movie” I agonized over what I could make. A day in my life seemed so boring. I just sit in front of my computer doing my classwork.
On the morning I was to drop my daughter at my mother’s house, I briefly discussed with my partner what I should do for this project we locked eyes, discovering a seed of an idea. And it was ripe for the picking!
Starts Here, a plant nursery, is owned and run solely by my mother. She has just begun this life-long ambition after a separation. A sentiment I think many of us can relate to. She is of the earth and shrinks from technology. So, this was a way to help her business shine with little to no effort on her part.
I had originally planned to include more audio from her, but as anyone with a toddler knows, adult projects are often in the wind. Essentially, I captured very little of her talking about Starts Here. Even so, I was amazed at how it came together.
I was able to break away and film some of her starts and vegetable garden on what was a magnificently blustery day. Feeling discouraged about what my final product would look like with only videos from a winter garden, I told myself I would cut in some of the photos she has shared with me and plowed forward.
I then realized that Starts Here is still without a logo and so I had to mock that up as well.
That also worked.
Finally, when I sat down to use Premiere Pro, I realized that the application is way over my head. I felt as if I were bumbling in the dark. There is another instructor who had mentioned that there are students who do video editing all on their phones! I thought, “No way! I can do anything. I’ll use Premiere Pro! I got this.” I did not.
So, I checked out the app she suggested and the reviews were dismal. I told myself I had to start somewhere and just downloaded the top-rated video editing app, a sort of desperation. I opted for the 7-day ‘Pro’ trial with YouCut as Teresa’s words echoed in my head, “This is a quick turnaround.” Reflecting on it, that phrase helped me stay in motion.
Once in the app things were very straightforward. I lost track of time as I built and learned the task of video editing. In the end, I had to edit down quite a bit. Per assignment instructions, I tried to get the photos to switch on the beat, but oof, that was proving difficult. I was very limited in the audio the YouCut provided. I was unsure if I had the time to search online for domain-free music that would suit both my and Start Here’s preferences. That said, I hope I never have to hear that guitar solo again!
I feel much more confident in video editing and I might even try at using Premiere Pro again.
I would really love some feedback, as I am considering posting this video on the e-commerce site I am mocking up for Starts Here.
Hyperlapse (also Walklapse, Spacelapse, Stop-Motion Time-lapse, Motion Timelapse, Moving Timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In opposite to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse photography, the camera is being moved through very long distances.
The term “hyperlapse” was first created by the American filmmaker, Dan Eckert. The term itself was essentially popularized and stamped by the video artist, Shahab Gabriel Behzumi and his video, “Berlin Hyper-Lapse”(2012)  An inspiration from the director Godfrey Reggio and the famous Qatsi-Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi at the Internet Movie Database,Powaqqatsi at the Internet Movie Database,Naqoyqatsi at the Internet Movie Database) is properly, as there is tried to reach a similar strongly pathetic impression. Godfrey Reggios exposures fall in the category Motion Timelapse.
I struggled with the cold to get this done. I have so many ideas for how to use this at some interesting locations. These can be so interesting to view since even thought they look like a regular timelapse. However a few significant differences are the thing images can be slow shutter speed creating movement within the frame as well a the lapse of time in a determined interval. Giving the effect of things appearing and disappearing or the sky seeming to change rapidly. Also the individual images are higher quality and still so unless blur is on purpose the hyperlapse is clear and vibrant in its imagery. I will be continuing to explore this photography technique hoping to produce some dynamic and visually exciting Hyperlapses.
Here is my video I made for Project 5. The given subject was 5, so I thought of having the actual number 5 appear throughout the video without meaning anything too specific. I thought of how the number 5 is present in my everyday life. Time and speed soon came to my mind as things often segmented into increments of 5s. Sports and music are also present in my life and can include 5s as well.
Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. I don’t have too much experience with shooting video, but things went pretty smooth while filming. I ended up shooting a lot of the scenes at night which made some things hard to see while filming without the proper lighting. I think the dim lighting ended up working well for the car and street scenes to highlight just the 5s. It also fit in with the 5 a.m. setting. I thought about having a few more transition scenes like from the house to the car, but I didn’t see any way to put a new 5 in there, so I kept it straight forward going one five to the next.
Each of these images were composited in Adobe Photoshop and each hold their own meaning to the interpretation of 5. To the left of each image are the original images used for each composite. Each of the origonal images are royalty free and were found through http://search.creativecommons.org/
This first image I found a monochromatic colored fish and dressed him is 5 colors, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Green and Pink. Makes him look a little more tropical and displays the power Photoshop has to manipulate color in an image.
For this next image I found a face of a clock and composited the hands to display a clock that reads 5 after. When I think of the meaning of five, one of the things that came to my head was time.
This next image was fairly simple to think of and easy to composite. Everyone knows of Five Guys burgers so I found this vintage photo and brought the sign to life to signify an interpretation of 5.
For this next image, I thought I would try and be creative about the composition. I found an image of a dice that read 5 and made a mosaic composite of it that is made up of dice faces.
This next image was fun to make. One of the first things I thought of when thinking of 5 was a high five. So I found an image of 2 guys giving a high five to each other and put them in a place where they can get really high with their five.
This last image was interesting to make. It’s simple yet effective in displaying an interpretation of five. I found a photo of a bubble and multiplied it so there’s five of them and added an open hand that represents the hand symbol of five in each one. To me it looks more like water drops than bubbles after I finished it.
Why is it hard to edit on a super slow mac computer?.. Having to sit for a fortnight waiting for the finished product to convert into an actual video file! HOORAY FOR SLOW COMPUTERS! THE TRUE VOICES OF OUR GENERATION!
Getting the camera angles was actually kinda hard, there WAS some re-shooting involved. I used iMovie for the editing and a flip video recorder for the video (duh)
I wanted to convey the feeling I get when the holiday season comes. I think I’d love it more if it started in December like it’s actually supposed to. Nobody needs to hear “deck the freaking halls” every day for 2 months, its maddening. That’s like listening to “the monster mash” on fourth of July, possible but highly frowned upon.
This is a masterpiece by rookie film maker and visual genius Dakota Nein.
This video was actually not my original idea. But I don’t know if anyone has every tried to do a photo shoot with their animals, they don’t cooperate very often. So I went with my next best idea. I have been in a relationship for 5 year, we all have partners that have little things that may drive us nuts. Then there are things that we absolutly love about that person. To incorporate 5 I listed obviously the 5 things i love and dislike about her… Also if you’re paying attention in each picture and video there are things in 5. Can you spot them? That voice sounds awfully like a Gnat I used know:)
Here is my concept of five for this project, I originally intended for there to be a bit more of a story with this video but due to time constraints I had to cut all of my footage down to the stars shining moments. Filming with animals, especially multiple kinds is difficult and requires a lot of patience especially if you want something specific from them. So the best thing I can learn from this project is to plan out things ahead of time and a lot more carefully, perhaps choose what a single animal can do as far as the number five instead of five different animals in very different locations. Otherwise, filming and editing was a tremendous amount of fun even though it was a short video, I’d wanted more special affects like speech bubbles but a file had gotten corrupted that had that affect unfortunately. Lessoned learned: check your affects before planning to use them.