Video reports to come

I’m still way behind on the video-editing tutorials, but I feel confident enough to announce that I’m going to start posting short little video reports on Hollywood Elsewhere in a week or so, and certainly by the start of the Cannes Film Festival.

I’ll probably run two versions of each report — one in an MPEG4 format and the other in Flash. No pop-fizz editing, no narration, no music cues…nothing slick. Austere, spartan. Almost no hand-held stuff, 90% tripod-mounted. Visual infuences: Stanley Kubrick (I’ve got a little wide-angle lens that makes everything look Clockwork Orange-y), Sergei Eisenstein, Bruno Dumont‘s Flandres, Jim Jarmusch‘s Stranger Than Paradise.

I’ll probably start posting quickies from Manhattan sometime during my stay there — Friday, 5.4 to Monday, 5.14. Until I get more proficient with the editng software I may forego editing altogether except for opening titles and just “cut” in the camera. I’m just saying this in anticipation of reader complaints about the video stuff being too stark or funky or whatever. I think it’s better to deliberately go in that Dumont/Jarmusch direction and make the shorts as good as I can in this mode, and then gradually slick things up as I shuffle along.

  • Mike Ock

    I wanna see Lunch With Jeffrey, so you can show Poland how it’s done.

  • Dan Revill

    You remind me of an older friend I have. Always dropping names as if somehow he’s gonna be cool. ;)

  • http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com gruver1

    No “Lunch with Jeffrey.” Poland is better at mouthy blowhard commentary than me anyway. I’m not going to perform as much as behave.

  • http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com gruver1

    Wells to Aladdin Sane: Name-dropping? Using names like Jarmusch and Kubrick and Dumont, et. al. is just a simple-ass shorthand way of describing the kind of photography I really like….big deal.

  • The Winchester

    If you become adept to the editing, when the time comes you can make Oscar smear campaign videos!

    I can see it now: A long uncut shot of eddie murphy with a deep gravelly VO: “Eddie Murphy would like you to believe his role in Dremgirls is worthy of an Academy Award, butdo you really want to give an Oscar to this?” Cut to a poster of Pluto Nash, Daddy Day Care, Golden Child, Norbit. “Think about your choices.”

    “Paid for by the Mark Walhberg society”

  • jeffmcm

    Just don’t say “the truth of it is…” ten times per minute.

  • tholl-yung

    This is really cool beta stuff. Just unload that stuff from the camera — we’ll watch, promise.

  • http://cjkennedy.wordpress.com Craig Kennedy

    Mmmm…Gumbo Pot at Farmer’s Market. Not quite as good as Loteria, but solid. Looking forward to the new feature.

  • Geoff

    The shrimp po’boy is delicious.

  • http://cjkennedy.wordpress.com Craig Kennedy

    mmmm…shrimp po’boy

  • AJW

    What’s with the Latin?

  • Leonardcoenbrothers

    well….my main visual influence is “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

  • Aladdin Sane

    You remind me of an older friend I have. Always dropping names as if somehow he’s gonna be cool. ;)

  • Mr. Muckle

    Battleship Potemkin here we come. And I request some POV from the seat of your motorcycle.

  • The Winchester

    Yeah, you should do POV shot from the bike, then play that Last Ride tune that opens up Death Proof over it. That would seriously be very cool. (No irony or sarcasm abound, I promise)

  • T.Holly

    This is really cool beta stuff. Just unload that stuff from the camera — we’ll watch, promise.

  • http://cjkennedy.wordpress.com cjKennedy

    Mmmm…Gumbo Pot at Farmer’s Market. Not quite as good as Loteria, but solid. Looking forward to the new feature.

  • http://cjkennedy.wordpress.com cjKennedy

    mmmm…shrimp po’boy

  • bipedalist

    Right, why does everyone feel the need to impose themselves on the general public? I don’t get it. Some people are good at video (David Carr), others are not (everyone else).

  • Movie fan09

    can’t wait jeff!

    i am kinda interested in seeing your real face; just for kicks.

  • tholl-yung

    He’s good at it, and he’s got a team — well at the very least, a camera man, who may double as the (credited) producer, or triple as the editor — and tons of cut aways and in-camera cut points or, in the absence of those, effects used as transitions, as well as a pre-plan, game plan or script (whatever you want to call it) and lots of bandwith and financing. In other words, highly produced.

  • alfred

    can’t wait jeff!
    i am kinda interested in seeing your real face; just for kicks.

  • T.Holly

    He’s good at it, and he’s got a team — well at the very least, a camera man, who may double as the (credited) producer, or triple as the editor — and tons of cut aways and in-camera cut points or, in the absence of those, effects used as transitions, as well as a pre-plan, game plan or script (whatever you want to call it) and lots of bandwith and financing. In other words, highly produced.