~Expected Release Date: 2011
"Love Snail" is a documentary film following an introverted man in a world of online dating, missed connections, and his own shortcomings as he embarks on a quest to find his first girlfriend before turning 30.
~Expected Release Date: 2011
Here's a glimpse of Nick cutting the trailer for Love Snail at our edit suite, and we also get to see the different schedules people keep. Normal people work during the day, and sleep at night. NOTE: Normal people suck.
Another quickie. I had been thinking of doing a documentary about where the 7 people in my high school class were at in this point in their respective lives, and I went to my hometown to shoot some broll. I had mentioned the idea to my friend Alex and he insisted on me putting something out there considering I was sitting on some footage. We had some silly deadline attached, so after working all night at my main job, I cut this as fast I could so it would be done by the next day to hit the target. The last shot was meant to be a faster timelapse, as it is, it hardly moves at all. I probably should of made it a little bit shorter too, considering I don't have any classmates' interviews to throw in there.
Will the documentary ever happen? We'll see...
Hmm. Unfortunately, a bit of a step back as far as I'm concerned. This video happened after my brief foray into playing the rock star, and my re-introduction into cutting a video on Avid was a flawed affair. This was such an uptempo song, looking back I feel like I kept too many slo-mo shots that were native to the movie. If I was doing the video today I would definitely use some speed ups with keyframes to give it a nice feel with the momentum of the song. Also, I was trying to get a cool "blinking" effect by simply lifting out frames, and although it looked cool in my head, the final result wasn't the intended one. Finally, I probably would of also cut out the last bit when the song goes into the tranquil extended outro. I was trying to get a nice sense of closure with the story, but for that to of worked I probably should of included a shot or two of Leonidas as a boy in the beginning.
However, with all that said, the biggest mistake I made with this one was one of time. Simply put, I think I cut this video in only a couple of hours, and was so excited about posting it that I overlooked or didn't have the time needed to recognize the mistakes I outlined above. With something like this (or really anything), you need to step away and come back to it with fresh eyes, and if you don't, you run the risk of not seeing things that you should.
Oh well, live and learn.
Music: The Lost Prophets
Finally. After a few times starting things I never ended up completing, this was my first attempt at cutting a video on Avid. I thought it went over pretty well, and more-so than any other video to this point I thought I broke out of the linear storytelling trap and tried to make it more about theme (Neo as savior, Morphius/Neo facing seemingly insurmountable odds). Although now, my ADHD mind would probably speed up some cuts, and again switch around some shots for greater dramatic effect. Also, I was pretty unfamiliar with Avid effects, and it shows (although I tried to get away with using as few as possible in the end, I had to use a pan or speed up in a few areas). In all though, I was fairly happy with the final result.
Music: Falling Up
This was another Pinnacle video I had started before the Evil video contest, and I finally got around to semi-finishing it after my move to LA (It was actually completing while living on Nick's floor pre-first job in the initial weeks, yay for downtime). Some of the same flaws are apparent (overabundance of cross-cutting between two periods, linear storytelling, ect.), but the biggest noticeable flaw is readily apparent, and actually, not really something I could control at the time. The greenish pall that inexplicably appears throughout was a weird thing that happened when I tried to insert a fade effect into the timeline. It looked fine while in the Pinnacle monitor, but when I tried to render and export the thing it gave me weirdness, and no matter what I tried I couldn't get it to work. By that time though, I was pretty much done with that program and ready to move on to Avid Media Composer, so I ended up filing the video away, never intending for it to see the light of day. But I thought it was worth showing now even with the technical errors.
And, looking at it today, the hues actually work with the green lettering of the Matrix, so in that way, its kinda cool.
Music: David Crowder Band
Contest entry for rock band Project 86's album release of Rival Factions for the single "Evil." I did it right at the end of college in 2007 before moving to LA, before I was using Avid (this was done on Pinnacle 9, the last time I think I used it in a completed video). I thought it was better than the entry that won, but hey, why wouldn't I? Even though I used Pinnacle, in this one, I seemed to have a better overall idea to what I was trying to do (even though there are definitely shots I would moved around, there was generally a bit too much cross-cutting between the two subjects of the piece).
Music: Project 86
Wow, where to begin? Coming off the Superman Trailer which I really liked this was a big disappointment. It was the second video I did, but thats no excuse. Sloppy all around, bad cuts generally till the end, the story was told in a very linear way (these things need to be intercut throughout, thats the advantage of a trailer-type video, it doesn't have to re-hash the film's story chronologically, it can jump around to the exciting bits). And speaking of exciting, or the lack of excitement, I'm remembering now why the first half or so of these videos up till now are kinda dull. One of the limitations (or maybe there was a function for this that I just didn't figure out at the time) with Pinnicle 9 was you couldn't go into the timeline and lift out a chunk, to later be replaced by something else. This meant that when I put in a shot, and then moved on, I was pretty much locking myself in to whatever had been assembled up to that point. There was no roughly finishing the trailer, examining the whole thing, and then going in and tinkering here and there. Instead, when I got to the end, I basically was at the end, unless I wanted to start the whole thing over. And since these are for nothing but fun and experience, that was the last thing I wanted to do. One of the countless reasons the jump to Avid was great.
Strangely this video has one of the highest likes to dislikes ratios of all my videos on Youtube, and has the second highest number of views. Go figure.
Music: Rise Against