Thursday, November 12, 2015

Editing Tricks for Amateur Vacation Video #164 - Scandinavia Cruise (#9 of 10)

Scandinavia Cruise 2005:  Oslo, Norway (#9 of 10)

What do you think of when someone mentions "Vikings"?  ... Norway?  ... A football team from Minnesota?  ... Or Richard Fleischer's 1958 spectacle that starred Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh?
Based upon my past history, you've gotta' know that I will borrow liberally from the the video and soundtrack of The Vikings!

Orson Welles' narration is well used to accompany us as we sail in a fjörd, visit the Viking Museum, and explore the Vigeland Sculpture Park.  But why are those Norsemen shooting flaming arrows?  (It's a flashback ... we also saw that in Chapter 1.)  We're also hearing one of the best movie theme songs in history.

  • It's easy to make a vacation video when you borrow half of it from Hollywood!  (See copyright comments below)
  • Actually, the scenes are nicely intercut, and you get a fair picture of how we spent our day in Oslo.
  • Not too many jokes in this chapter.  That's not a bad thing; it really feels like the vacation is winding down!
  • Take a moment to enjoy the photos of Vigeland's distinctive sculptures that depict all sorts of human emotion.
Lessons Learned:
  • It's easy to make a vacation video when you borrow half of it from Hollywood!
    (See copyright comments below)

  • If you want to see beautiful scenes of pristine Norwegian waterways, as well as authentic Viking vessels under sail, The Vikings is well worth the time.  One of my favorite highlights is the celebratory "oar walking".  Larger-than-life actor Kirk Douglas performs his own stunt; he accidentally fell into the icy water while the cameras were rolling, and that footage became part of the theatrical release. 

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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