Sunday, January 6, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #47

Darth Maul's Secret  (edtited 2002)

(If the video window does not appear, please click on the above link.)

This was another assignment from the community college class on Adobe Premiere.
We were given a few clips from Star Wars and asked to edit them into a "silent film" style.

Alternately titled "The Phantom Spider" I tried to inject an element of humor by counterposing two pop culture icons and some vaudevillian-style titles.  I think it worked, so did the instructor.  But my classmates were teenagers and I was this bald 50-ish guy that they thought was weird.  You should know by now that they were absolutely correct.

Lessons Learned
If you can't please all of your audience, at least please yourself!

Since this was an educational setting, the rules for "Fair Use" of copyrighted materials are somewhat relaxed.

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 2002 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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