Preparing for Video Editing

Return to the Silent Era

Marcey’s Mean Girls: I thought it was good, but I really wish the music was a little faster. It felt like the pictures were at hyper-speed. The antiquing of the screen in the brown, the film strip shots were very cool. There was no word cards which may have helped tie the story together.

Ben’s Back to the Future:  I was glad to see word cards, the music wasn’t too bad. Maybe they just will never match up…two different eras. I did like the change in the music, that made the scene have a definite beginning  climax, and end. He choice to do black and white over the “browning” and I think they look equally old.

My Plan: I plan on using the Trailer for Finding Nemo

I plan on making in black and white, adding text (Deep in the Sea, a father and son, the fear, the quest, the team, but the only thing you can do is let go, coming soon to you), and I want to overlay it with music, “Gagool”. If i can figure it out, I like how there is “hiccups” and “blurry lines” adding to the age of the film.

 Redub a Movie

I hate when people stalk me:I loved this re-dubbed of ” A Walk to Remember”.  I read the block and it seems like a confusing and awkward assignment because it is basically talking to yourself which can make one self-conscience. She did a really good job and it was super funny.

Excy Herrera’s Etrade Babies:This was a really cute idea, redubbing a commercial sounds like a lot of fun. I do think it is interesting to redub something that is already redubbed, like the etrade babies. However, babies talking is only the best thing in the world.

My Plan:

I plan to redub this old spice commercial, as a commerical for “Crafty Vaults”!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=J8IW78vJecg&NR=1 

(clip wouldn’t embed)

Script: Sick of people borrowing your stuff and never returning it? Think I’m standing in front of an ancient city… well you’re wrong?  For seven installments of 59.99, you too can have awesome places to hide you junk. Crafty Vaults!

 

 

Looking Deeper Into “Good Will Hunting”

Fun Facts from WIKIPEDIA

  1. The movie staring Matt Damon, Robin Williams  and Ben Affleck was actually written by Damon and Affleck.
  2. It was originally suppose to be a Thriller 
  3. It was filmed in location, Greater Boston area
  4. “The therapy scene took everyone by surprise. According to Damon’s commentary in the DVD version of the film, this caused Johnny (the cameraman) to laugh so hard that the camera’s POV can actually be seen moving up and down slightly as it shows Damon breaking character by also laughing so hard. “
 Genre:
 Although the film was originally suppose to be a thriller, the focus being the FBI pursuit of Will as a g-man. The writer drop that to focus on Will and the therapists relationship. The movie is now a drama. “Dramas are serious, plot-driven presentations, portraying realistic characters, settings, life situations, and stories involving intense character development and interaction” (http://www.filmsite.org/genres.html) . An in fact this movie focuses on the development and growth of Will through this therapist
Other Clips showing that the two men are in fact equal. Notice that the two switch sides of the screen… indicating again that one is not more/less positive than the other. Now , see how in all three clips the POV is at eye level with the characters… as an audience, we are equal to the characters. We are seeing things as they unfold, like we are there. It helps create the genre of “drama” because the movie seems more “life-like”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zW4VA9a9VM&feature=plcp

Reading A Clip from “Good Will Hunting” Park Scene

 

Take One: No Audio

  • Opening the two men are sitting on a park bench. Old man is on the right, younger on left (we are looking at their back)
  • They are in the foreground and in the center of the screen suggest a one perspective camera shot
  • cut to older man
  • cut to younger man at right angle
  • back to older at eye level
  • background activity is blurred
  • slow move zoom out incorporating the younger, first you see his hair, nose, then profile … maybe a pan zoom out?
  • older is still main focus
  • shot is reversed… cut to younger man full face while the older man profile (older man is talking)
  • shot is reversed back again.. profile of younger
  • reversed again.. older profile (see the young swallowing a lot)
  • reversed> ending on the younger’s profile
  • older man stands up
  • camera moves to encompass younger’s face
  • cut to back of bench same as opening shot, but there is only on person (the younger on the bench)

Take Two: No Visual

  •  overly crowded with background noise , cars , birds, wind
  • younger man talk fast being insulted, old man talks slow challenging
  • Older man is talking about experiences, art …. what is life? deep , contemplation
  • purposeful breathes that make this monologues powerful
  • here the man get up and walk away on the line “your move chief” – a challenge to the younger man to stop hiding behind books and being to show himself

Take Three: Complete Clip

  •  as the monologue becomes more intense about love and death, the profile of the younger is showed while the older continues to list life experience.
  • Switch to full younger man/profile older is when the older man directly insults the younger “I see a cocky, scared, shitless kid”
  • The younger is no longer able to answer question, while before he had a snappy comeback / defense response… all he can do is look down and swallow
  • shot is reversed
  • Shot reversed – “Talk about you, who you are, I’m in”
  • Shot reversed – analysis
  • eyes look tears, swallows a lot more
  • music of sad contemplation as we see him on the bench alone.

Analysis of Clip

According to Ebert at the beginning of the clip when we see the two men sitting on the bench, the older is on the right and the younger is on the left. This might suggest the older as being correct, protagonist ; while the younger might be view as negative. However, I don’t believe that is the case, because when we get into the scene, the men are never shown sitting from the front which would indicate the reverse. Instead, I think the editor was trying to show that these men are a team, that one is not more negative than the other. In fact, we looked at both characters straight on and only their faces, suggest we are part of their conversation .. not just on lookers from afar. We are suppose to be able to sympathize with both characters, because they are held on equal grounds and neither one is played as positive/negative.

There was a lot of cutting back and forth between faces, however it was clear that the younger boy was cut to only when being directly challenged . This indicated that impact on the older’s man words on the younger man. When the older man was speaking the real aspects of life, aspects you can tell he has experiences due to the rhythm of his speech and the amount of meaningful pauses, the focus is on him. In both men, we feel a sense of pain.  it is particularly important to note the change in the younger man from the beginning of the clip to the end. Ending the scene exactly the way it started was telling of the older man’s warning that he is here to help, but the younger man is alone until he seeks the help.

Movie Editing Thoughts

How to Read Movie

I appreciate that Ebert emphasis that it one doesn’t have to be well versed in movie speak to be able to analyze screen shots. I believe movie reading is much like design elements, you use them every day, you understand them, but you have never put a name to those ideas. Here are just some of the highlights from the blog:

Right = Positive v. Left = Negative

  • movement right is therefore positive. Possibly moving forward

Top is dominant over the bottom

Foreground is stronger than background

Symetry = rest, peace v. Diagonals = moving, unbalance

POV above a character’s eyeline reduces hime, below the eyeline enhances him

Check out some videos about editing:

1. Kubrick’s One Perspective

  • looking head on with main focus/character in the middle of the shots

2. Examples of Editing Techniques

  • slow motion/ montage > feeling of importance, power of music
  • wipe transition > (I didn’t like this much- felt like a power point), does emphasis change in location
  • still/thaw frame > used as a begining (might be good if narration occurs)
  • form cut > slow motion takes you to a different place
  • flash cut > fast back and forth between characters
  • Fast motion/time compression > 24 hours in 30 seconds
  • tempo/rhythm >titling or movement of camera
  • freeze frame > similar to still/thaw frame except used as an ending

3. Twenty Cinematic Techniques

  • long take, doggicam
  • long take, tracking shot > following subject
  • long take, steady cam
  • extreme establishing shot
  • establishing shot
  • pan
  • low angle shot
  • crane up
  • dutch angle
  • frantic zoom
  • Point Of View
  • special effects
  • Slow Motion
  • Panoramic Travelling
  • Horizontal Panning
  • High Angle, Tilt, Slow Motion
  • Match cut
  • Spin
  • Limitless Zoom
  • Camera Spilt

4. Camera Angles and Techniques

  •  the zolly > disorienting visual experience  zooming in on with the camera and using a dolly to move in, subject feels removed from background
  • camera placement > creates dynamic, creates depth. EX: climbing a while by really adjusting camera angle

5. Hitchcock loves bikinis

 

  •  pure cinematics
  • cutting back and forth, showing showing character reaction to what he sees, you learn about the who the character is
  • editing the object of his thought can alter how you view the character
  • Hitchcock uses the example of man smiling, cut to baby, cut back v. man smiling, cut to woman in bikinis, cut back = man as a family man v. man as a creep