Using a mobile app to process a video is not uncommon. When the app you’re using only works one still shot at a time, though, it’s a tedious process. It’s also a long process. The result seems worth the effort, though, at least in this case.
Adding some motion to the camera is one of the simplest ways to give your footage a bit of interest. Today, we have more options than ever when it comes to how we can get that motion.
For Matt and Kim’s latest music video for their song, Let’s Run Away, they decided to try something a little different using an evolution of Nicolas Vuignier’s Centriphone technique with a coat hanger and a GoPro.
Did you know Canon Asia introduced the slogan ‘Delighting You Always’ a decade ago? Neither did I. But, to honor the 10th anniversary of a slogan few people have likely heard of, they’ve created an equally unusual music video. [Read more…]
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking “Forced Perspective” is the Leaning Tower of Pisa being held to prevent it from falling, or holding the Eiffel Tower. Yea, kitschy, I know. But in the right hands, forced perspective can be a powerful tool.
Oscar Hudson directed this clip for Darwin Deez and the thing is a mastery of forced perspective. Each shot is made with a money note hiding part of Darwin’s face and having his mouth show. Here comes punch though, this is not done in after effects, but in camera as a practical effect. The secret? Shooting at F/22 for maximum depth of field and playing with subject to camera distances.
Holding my breathe for even a minute is a difficult task, let alone for four minutes straight. And I can’t say that I’ve ever been tied up and sunk to the bottom of a pool. But, for free diver Marina Kazakova, it’s all in a days work.
“Lydia is a song about a failed relationship,” says Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect, “and how it can be kind of tragic sometimes when two people’s life choices lead them in different directions but their love is still there.” Apparently, drowning a woman was the best way to communicate that (said in all jest).
The incredible music video, brought to life by Pier Pictures, was shot a single 4-minute underwater take, during which Marina held her breath the entire time. Now we get a look behind the scenes of how this inspiring film was created.
The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is a huge clash of tastes for me. First, I love black and white photography and videography, which I believe partly springs from how I look at life – as black and white, yes or no, on or off. Secondly, the production quality is great and appeals to my cinematic tastes. However, I strongly dislike rap music and feel that this song, in particular, is offensive to the very demographic he is rapping about.
But, be that as it may, the editing skill of Vinnie Hobbs in the final product is amazing. Vinnie was generous enough to give us a look behind the scenes with a timelapse video (after the jump) of his process across the three days of editing it took to compile the footage, edit effects, and present a polished piece.
(Warning: Strong and offensive language in the videos.)
Have a look at the behind-the-scenes video below for some insight on the painstaking process involved and you’ll understand why making the final video took hundreds of hours.
Photographers, and creatives in general, often think they are being held back by the gear they have (or lack), the locations available at their disposal and the size of the budget for their shoots.
Sure, having the latest and the greatest gear and all the budget you could ask for might make your life easier and offer more opportunities, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create amazing work with simple gear, creativity and lots of hard work.
Son Lux’s music video, Change Is Everything, is a perfect example of what can be created using extremely low-budget materials – as long as you’re willing to put in the time and sweat.
Keep reading a behind-the-scenes video; you’ll be surprised how painful this project was to create.
Stock footage isn’t particularly known for engaging content. I know this because I have hard drives full of dull video clips and stock photos that I’m still trying to come up with ways in which I can actually use it. That’s part of why I love it when creatives come up with non-traditional applications of stock video and photos. A perfect example is in this YouTube users quirky video, “She A Go”. He mashed together a bunch of mundane stock clips of office workers and laid the most perfectly mismatched soundtrack on top of it. Set to DJ Rashad’s “She A Go”, those infamously stuffy stock footage “co-workers” suddenly get a whole lot more interesting to work with.
Check it out:
Fans of the cult classic internet cartoon, Homestar Runner were delighted to discover the creators have posted a new episode after having been on a long hiatus. The cartoon, known for its pure randomness and quirky flash animation, held true to its roots, this time with a hilarious rap video parody that pokes fun at over used fisheye shots.
The video is part “tutorial” with verses like “Put the camera on the ground and aim it up // make my kicks look huge and my crew look tough” and partially “behind the scenes” footage that will have you nodding and rapping along with the Strongbad posse…”Once you use the fisheye you just can’t stop // it used to be expensive, but then the price dropped.” [Read more…]