Fashion Dreams

Hello, everyone! Here is my third video assignment, the Your Dream as a Movie Trailer assignment:

I decided to make a 30 second trailer about my childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. I used clips I found from Pixabay and Pexels and edited them together in the video editing app on my computer; the music I used to score the trailer was also a preset tune in the app.

I tended to change my mind constantly, when it came to my dreams–at one point I wanted to be a fashion designer, a graphic novelist, a video game designer, a character designer, and probably so many more that I can’t remember, off the top of my head (it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I decided that I really wanted to be an author)! I decided to make a trailer based on my dreams of becoming a fashion designer simply because I thought that it would make for more interesting visuals than, perhaps, a trailer based on my dream of becoming an author, which would mostly just consist of clips of people writing or reading. With fashion design, I could include clips of drawing, sewing, applying makeup, modeling, and so on.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to add in all of the things I wanted to add, such as models putting on makeup or women looking at clothes, in order to maintain the 30 second limit, for this assignment, but I feel like what I was able to use was sufficient enough to get the point across. It was also a bit tricky trying to trim the clips used to be just the right length that the video as a whole didn’t go over 30 seconds. Another thing I wanted to do but wasn’t able to was transitions between the clips and the text bumpers, but the app I had on my computer didn’t have transitions. Luckily, the app is able to automatically sync the video with the soundtrack (at least with the preset soundtracks) to make each shift from clip to text to clip more smooth.

I also added a filter over the clips in the video editor app, just to add a little something extra; the filter I used was called “Pearl,” and I picked it out of the others because of how much I really liked the subtle, pale, silvery quality of it. I think it adds a slight dream-like quality to the video.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Everything You Know is a Lie!

Hello, everyone! For my next video assignment, I made a psa about the “true” origin of the nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie:”

This video is based on the question of the week I answered in my midweek post on Wednesday, wherein I reimagined the fairly grim “Ring Around the Rosie” as having a more light-hearted origin–i.e. it being about strongly-scented potpourri.

Like my last video, I edited this one in the video editor on my computer; however, unlike my last video, this one features both pictures and free stock footage, most of which I took from Pixabay,  Flickr, and WikiCommons. I used a news jingle at the very beginning and the very end of the video, and I recorded myself for the voice-over narration, and I edited them both together in Audacity.

One thing I’m particularly proud of is the transition from the image related to the Plague to the first image of potpourri, which happens just as I first say the word, “potpourri;” that was just something I found really satisfying. One thing I found particularly frustrating (as well as a little surprising), however, was the fact that I found it impossible to find any free images or video to represent dizziness or falling over, so I had to leave them out.

I added both the jingle and the clip of the spinning globe to add a sense of authenticity to my video, as if it were a clip from an actual news source–even if the story itself is pretty silly. I might’ve video of myself to add some extra authenticity, but a) I don’t really have a good green-screen, b) I don’t really think my cell-phone or laptop cameras are that good, and c) I don’t think the video editing software on my computer is capable of that kind of editing.

Even so, I think this video turned out pretty good. I hope you enjoy this one, too.

Pretty Words

Hello, everyone! I would like to share with you the video I made based on one of our class’s video assignments, “A Word… A Picture… A Story…”:

The assignment asked that the student pick 5-10 words at random, find a picture to go with each word, and then put them all together in a video to tell a short story.

I went with the words “cat,” “teapot,” “beach,” “scooter,” “bird,” “tree,” and “music;” I searched each word on Pixabay and downloaded all of the pictures used in the video from there; then I edited them all together in the video editing app on my computer, adding the stock music already installed in the software. The only images that were modified in anyway were the very first and last two images–I changed the levels and added a blur filter over them. I had a bit of a hard time trying to figure out what music to score the video with, but I think the track I went with, “Rose Petals,” suits the overall tone of the story quite well.

The assignment also allowed the student to either write one sentence for each image/word, or to try to tell the story without any sentences–I decided to go with the former option, since I thought it would be easier to follow the story I was trying to tell, rather than make anyone try to glean anything based on the images, alone. I also thought that the story ended pretty abruptly, so I added the “It was a very good day” bit at the very end, to help wrap things up a bit more smoothly.

I decided that a little story about a cat going out would go best with the words I went with; I also thought it would be a bit more interesting and more fun to put a more, for lack of a better word, fantastical spin on an otherwise mundane story–i.e. having anthropomorphic animals as the main characters as opposed to regular humans.

Some might wonder why or how a bird and a cat are friends, when cats normally like to eat birds (even in fiction, cats and birds are often portrayed as being enemies), but I kind of like playing with expectations, plus I feel like making the cat and the bird enemies might break the relaxed, low-key tone of the story.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

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