Friday, April 19, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #71

France 2004: Manoir de Bellerive
I previously said that the video of the cooking class (History of Vacation Video #69) "really captured the spirit of our travel group."  This video "really captured the fun we had during our stay at Manoir de Bellerive".  Messr. & Mdme. Clavenot have sold the property, but we will always remember their hospitality, the staff, and the fabulous farewell dinner.

The proprietors were totally unprepared for the ease with which we combined a lack of formality with our genuine appreciation for their efforts.  When they lead a chorus of Auld Lang Syne all language barriers drop; you can feel genuine affection and a sense of regret when we drive away.

I like this video.  Candid clips of guests and staff enjoying their last night together.  And the J-edit that places sound of the farewell song under all video used in the edit's closing moments.

Lessons Learned:
Most of my edited movies tend to be light and humorous.  While this chapter has humorous moments, the mood shifts to sentimentality.  And that was effective.
Use J-cuts and L-cuts to extend the audio from adjacent clips. 

Don't be afraid to occasionally create a sentimental video.  It's not a bad thing for your audience to know that you were sad to leave.

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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