Friday, December 13, 2013

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #97

Asia Cruise 2008:  Shanghai

The cruise ship was our hotel in Shanghai for two nights.  We had a great time behaving like tourists.  This video has some great clips, including: the chop-a-magic demonstration guy; riding the MagLev and commuter trains;  the Oriental Pearl Tower elevator announcement; and pigeon-on-a-stick.

There's one subtle editing trick I'd like to point out.  At the 5 minute mark we return to the ship where a dixieland band is playing Midnight in Moscow (in the style popularized by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen).  The ship begins to execute a dramatic U-turn on the Huangpu River, there's some narration, then the music becomes a dramatic operatic version of that same song.  Unfortunately there's a small hitch in the soundtrack, but I think this has the  makings of a professional-style edit!

Lessons Learned:
My goal is often to create a three-minute vignette. After ruthless cuts and edits, this chapter is twice that long.  It could easily have been six hours of boring nap-time video, but the pacing, narration, music, and content seem to flow well and entertain the audience.

I narrated this video in a very straightforward way.  There are a few wisecrack gems buried within the script.  Wonder if I should add a laugh track?

Music Copyright Considerations:
This video contains 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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