Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Living & Breathing

A couple months ago I decided I wanted to make a short film.  I met with a friend to talk about it and figure out the concept, location, and all that good stuff.
He's really talented and has made some films before so I was excited to have someone much more familiar with editing than myself.

Well shortly after I abruptly broke up with my then boyfriend and moved across the country to Denver Colorado.  Needless to say we wouldn't be able to make the film together.

It's been in the back of my mind ever since and I decided that I didn't need any help.
Everything I have ever wanted to do or own I made it happen all on my own so why not make a movie on my own.

So I did just that.

Its been a steep learning curve and an awesome experience.  
Honestly I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt.  At this moment it is currently uploading and I can't wait to post it!

As far as the actual filming went I chose something that I was capable of filming by hand and with a tripod.  I of course was the main subject because there isn't anyone else around, although I could incorporate friends later on but I like doing stuff like this alone.

Filming it was actually the easiest part.  
Editing was a bitch.

I've made a couple little videos but never posted any, they were more vlogging style so they didn't need much editing.  

It took me forever to even get it uploaded to iMovie, for some reason it didn't work so I downloaded a different video editing program which didn't work either and then finally all my clips showed up in iMovie.  Editing is very tedious and time consuming and that took about an entire day.

After it was edited to perfection I added in the music which is A Fuaco by Ludovico Einaudi in case you liked it and want to listen to it separately.

After the music I added in the opening credits, the time delays between each clip, the filter, the slow motion, and the end clip.

After all of that I did the voice over which I only did twice and after the fact I wish I would have changed around what I said because the message I was going for didn't exactly come out right but oh well.

After that I had to wait about an hour for the project to finalize and then another hour for it to upload on youtube.  Once it was uploaded is when I started having problems with the shaking and tried to re-upload it which took more time and didn't solve the problem.


That's how I made my first short film 

I wrote the above portion before I posted the video, and its interesting how feelings can change so quickly.  I wanted to erase it the second I put it up, it was just too much.

Talking to my friend Stefan definitely helped and he had a lot of great advice and all of it made sense but I guess I never thought about it that way.  He walkways has people critiquing him and judging his work during and after its completed.

I on the other hand do everything alone and don't have any input from other people so the video was a lot more personal than the pictures.  Although when I think back to when I first started this blog it was really nerve wrecking to know people where reading what I was writing.

here are a couple of his comments 

"Insecurity strikes the artist as soon as the work is exposed"

"whenever you expose your art or creativity you expose yourself as well"

"voice is one of the hardest things because it is so intrinsically tied to you as a person"

"here is my life work, its my baby and I'm in an extremely fragile state of mind….now tell me how it sucks and how you hate it"

….That pretty much sums it up and its all so true

When I was working on the video I felt so consumed by it, I needed to finish it and I wanted it to be right or at leafs as close to right as I could get it.  Although I had problems with shaking, which I still can't figure out.  When it plays in iMovie its fine but the minute I upload it to youtube it starts shaking which was really annoying but I don't know how to fix it so maby people will just think I meant for it to be that way.

Talking to Stefan definitely helped and confirmed that I wasn't crazy for feeling so vulnerable and wanting to erase it before anyone could watch it.

I'm glad I didnt erase it and sometimes the hard uncomfortable things are the best things.
So I am going to keep pushing myself to be ridiculously uncomfortable and try all the things I always wanted to try.

The photos above are from during filming and without further ado I hope you enjoy it

Head over to the video section at the top of the page to check it out!

or watch it HERE


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