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.

23 thoughts on “Video reports to come

  1. 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.

  2. 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”

  3. 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)

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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