Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about art.

And possibly biggest DS106 challenge so far!

TDC607 – create an exciting movie trailer to accompany your blog.

I’ve been determined for several weeks to master iMovie, having lost my old PC and all the cool video editing software I used to use. iMovie has driven me mad for ages, and complains about not having the right plugins, but somehow it seemed to work. After a few failed attempts, the forums told me that it goes wrong some times and you have to rebuild everything, and that was fine. It didn’t like incorporating pictures initially but finally seemed to work.

Purely coincidentally I’d been working on this for weeks, and it just happened to time right with a movie-related daily create. LOL.

1) Soundtrack. The first task was to create the musical sound track to accompany the voice over. Used Garageband. Downloaded “Tara’s Theme” and snipped and edited the MP3 to match the original audio as near as possible. This was amazing and I realised how the music was absolutely vital to set the mood, and needed to be perfectly orchestrated to match the tensions in the dialogue. There was lots of snipping, fading in and out of passages of music, and altering the dynamics. But this was the canvas on which everything else was to sit and I loved doing this bit.

2) Voiceover. This was mainly done in one take with the addition of the final phrase which caused endless problems. Vivien Leigh had seriously left the building, and many versions later I turned from Julie Andrews to Micky Mouse. I think the final version is something of the latter. Synchronising the voiceover to the video was tricky – sometimes using two computers and eventually playing the original clip and just going for it. Actually, I think sometimes the humour is in how it doesn’t synch.

3) Acting. It certainly does help to stand up and get into the part. I think you have to be much more dramatic than you think you will eventually sound. Just prey that the neighbours aren’t listening.

4) Sound track done, saved as MP3. However, using iMovies it automatically synchs to your Garageband project file. This did corrupt once and I had to do a bit again, but it mostly worked.

5) Images. Still images were created in good old Fireworks.

6) Video project. Created in iMovie. Tested my patience, had to rebuild several times but finally worked. Lacked some functionality but OK for basic video, pictures, sound and transitions. Able to share directly to YouTube.

So there. An exciting movie trailer to accompany my BLOG!!

8 thoughts on “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about art.

  1. In awe of you! #deadjealous too…I loved the video, the more I learn about how hard it is to produce these little morsels of joys, the more I am full of admiration for those who make them…I will keep doing the work and may be one day….tomorrow there will be another daily create….

  2. I suspect that patience and resilience are key to this process, particularly when you jump from platform to platform. I admire the time you invested in the project. I often leap in and leap out, and don’t dig deep enough for quality in the video work I experiment with. Thanks for sharing.

  3. As I said in a comment I left on the YouTube video, this is seriously excellent. I use iMovie too, and have had a few hiccups here and there, but generally found it to work well, though it’s limited in some respects (I have to import photos into iPhoto to use them in iMovie? And import music into iTunes to use in iMovie? Maybe not…haven’t tried the garageband route!). I’d love to go beyond its basic functionality someday, but haven’t invested the time to figure out exactly which program to invest my money in!

    Again, I really love this–well done!

  4. Great video Viv, I love how you layered your story onto the original story and footage and used the original music. Way to stick with iMovie; sometimes I can easily get it to do what I want and sometimes it leaves me screaming for previous iMove interfaces but it usually lets me produce the movie I had in mind.
    Looking forward to playing with you in #DS106.

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