Monday, October 22, 2012

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #30

Peru and the Amazon 1999:  Opening Titles Concept

When I previewed the twelve mind-numbing hours of raw footage from our trip to the Amazon, I had no idea what the video story would look like.  Although the destination sounds exotic, scenes of leafy canopy and flooded river will only hold audience interest for a few minutes.  Peru is actually a more entertaining subject.

Later that year, I was experimenting with feeding broadcast television through a VHS recorder onto my camcorder.  After successfully recording a few programs on miniDV, I used Pinnacle Video Director Studio 200 to create a bizarre mix tape.  The incomprehensible story told in this mix could have become the basis for a Peru/Amazon vacation video.

Here's the plot:  Imagine the bad guys from Magnificent Seven battle the Starship Enterprise and The Highlander, only to be foiled by Rocky, Bullwinkle, and The Three Stooges. 
The world is certainly thankful that I dropped this idea!

I remained uninspired for thirteen years! Raw footage from Amazon and Peru sat on my shelf until edited in 2012.  Those videos will be discussed in future blog posts.  But if you'd like to jump ahead they are already posted on YouTube:

Lessons Learned:
You never know when or where inspiration will be found.
Don't be afraid to try an idea.  If it doesn't work, put it aside, and revisit the project later.
Most importantly, have fun!  Laugh at your missteps.  After all, we're amateurs!!!!!

Don't throw anything away.  Someday you can make your own "Outtake Reel".

Music Copyright Considerations:
This is a short excerpt from one of my older edited videos.  It contains some identifiable music that is regrettably used without permission.  But remember the time this video was created; in 1997 the audience for this production was usually sitting in my living room.  "Fair Use" allowed me to use the music without consideration of copyright.
Today, with digital distribution, artists' rights deserve more attention.  Since this video is intended for non-profit illustration and educational purposes only, I believe that valid arguments can be made for its "Fair Use" in this situation.  Please understand that I do not encourage improper use of copyrighted material.

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