Thursday, March 28, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #67

Don't Go To France!

This spoof of a PSA (Public Service Announcement) was also a political commentary.  

It was 2004, a presidential election year.  John Kerry was being "Swift-Boated".  Politicians expressed outrage that European allies did not support the United States' invasion of Iraq.  The Senate lunchroom replaced French Fires on its menu with "Freedom Fries".  

Yet we and our friends enjoyed this trip immensely.  The political irony of this video was obvious at the time; but the simple humor ensures lasting watchability. 

Lessons Learned:
Be careful of political jokes, your vacation video may not withstand the test of time.  Focus on the humor and keep the politics subtle.

"Public Service Announcement" is a great format to add to your vacation video repertoire.  If I do this again I'll try to have the "spokesperson" give their message on live video while we are traveling.

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 2004 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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