Thursday, October 1, 2015

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #158 - Scandinavia Cruise (#3 of 10)

Scandinavia Cruise 2005:  Stockholm, Sweden (#3 of 10)

The familiar newsreel footage announces our arrival in the capital of Sweden.  A military band accompanies changing of the guards at the palace; surprisingly good sound provides music for the entire video.

  • Lots of gags here:  the floating finger, the Muppets, meatballs and candy fish.
  • Some pretty good cinematography for a change.  Scenes of the military band, the horse carriage, and bocce-playing residents are nicely done.
  • I really like this 2-1/2 minute chapter.  It was created in 2012 -- frankly, this is close to the best I can do my current skill level.  
  • The Muppets scene was found on YouTube.  See copyright comments below.

Lessons Learned:
  • Use external sources of images to sell your story/narration.  

  • Give your audience something familiar.  Most of my friends and family have not traveled internationally, their mental image of Sweden was formed by television programs and candy shops.    But they sure didn't expect to see the Swedish Chef, Swedish Meatballs, and Swedish Fish in my travel video!
  • Nevertheless, there is some educational value.  Changing of the Guard?  I had forgotten there was a King of Sweden!

Next Up:  A "hellish" day in Helsinki!

All of the Scandinavia trip chapters have already been loaded onto YouTube.  Individual chapters may be viewed on one of my YouTube channels: HENBCtravel
The combined 30-minute video is also available here.

Copyright Considerations:
This original audience for this video was friends and family who would view the DVD in my living room.  It contains identifiable music and commercial video 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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