Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #81

Cambodia 2008:  Ta Prohm (Lara Croft)

Natural sound from another location (Banteay Srei) accompanies my narration of this visit to a temple that seems almost overrun with vegetation of the Cambodian jungle.  Then we discover that this is where Angelina Jolie filmed Lara Croft on location.   That piece of trivia is illustrated by compositing some elements of the movie trailer and a still from the video game onto my own footage.

In less than a minute my audience sees where we've been, gains a bit of knowledge, and is ready to move on to the next vignette.  It's fun and fast, continuing the snappy pace of the short videos that form this trip DVD. 

Lessons Learned:
Don't be afraid to relocate natural sound from one part of your footage onto a different segment that you are editing.
Narration that "Lara Croft was filmed here" is somewhat interesting.  But I think that borrowing a bit of hollywood to illustrate that statement is more fun to watch.  Note that I used a few seconds from the movie trailer not from the movie itself.  The trailer is freely distributed on the Internet and I feel that good arguments can be made for its fair use.  However, if there were any commercial intent, then I suspect that the borrowed video as well as the few bars of music from Steppenwolf would require artist releases.

When I recorded my video I knew I would likely use images of the Lara Croft character.  So I made sure to get some footage with a very still camera that would be suitable for compositing.  

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains some identifiable music that is regrettably used without permission.  
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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