Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #147 - Machu Picchu

Peru 1999: #5 of 5   Machu Picchu (edited in 2012):

It's pre-dawn when we board the switch-back train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.  A bus ride completes the ride up the mountain, and features the "One Man Band in Llama Land".
Benny, our spry 90-year-old guide narrates the visit, focusing on the archaeological aspects of its discovery,  Great scenery provides imagery while we listen to Benny.  He speaks flawless English, but the production could use captions to help understand the imperfect camcorder sound.

Suddenly deep bass notes from a pan flute introduce a shift in the movie's character.  We are now having some fun; playing with / posing for the camera.  No disrespect to Benny, but the second part of this video is much more entertaining compared to listening to a guide's narration.  Our friend Chuck was using his hands a lot to explain something geologic, those five seconds are played back a few times … embarrassing for him but it's pretty funny!

The source of the music is revealed to be the band at Jose Antonio's restaurant, which I recorded "last night".  Some still photos are displayed as a slideshow with the "Ken Burns" effect, then it's over!

A video title identifies Angela and Norman near the end of the video, but everyone else remains anonymous for some reason.  

Lessons Learned:
Once again, the importance of pacing.  The music sends a message that you're having fun!
Those who were on the trip enjoyed re-hearing Benny's narration, but it's of little interest to everyone else.

Look for opportunities to capture live music.
Perhaps a "private" edit for this who were on the trip, and a "public" edit for the Internet. This video could easily be less than four minutes long.

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