Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #96

Asia Cruise 2008:  Nagasaki

Nagasaki was the target of the second atomic weapon used at the end of World War 2.  We were pleased to see the vibrant welcoming city that has emerged from the ashes.

This video chapter is a longer production compared to other elements of my Asia Cruise DVD.  There's a nice narrated introduction that establishes the location, then we quickly move to the memorial peace park.  Admittedly this section feels a bit "preachy" but I was honestly moved by the visualizations of tragedy and hope.

Music by Martin Denny marks a change of pace, bringing a humorous look at baseball, food, gambling, and toilets. It's more-or-less a video montage of the sights and sounds of modern Nagasaki.  Then the video ends with a nice view of the Peace Fountain whose water jets form the shape of angel's wings.

As the editor, I know I'm biased.  But I really like the way this chapter turned out!

Lessons Learned:
It's OK to have a social message.  In this case I tried to shape it so that it fit within the less-than-serious nature of the rest of the project.

Perhaps the peace message is meaningful enough to stand alone as a shorter YouTube video.

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains a few bars of 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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