The band, Kitten has become one of my favourite bands as of last year due to their succession of flawless albums, most notably the “Like A Stranger” EP and their debut self-titled album. Anytime I listened to “Christina”, a song off their “Cut It Out” EP, I always envisioned a video featuring actress, Christina Ricci’s influential films. However, I wanted the video to be more than just an edited sequence of Ricci’s memorable films. I imagined that the edited sequence would be embedded within a scrapbook. The very notion of physical scrapbooking might seem outdated but I loved the idea of a throwback to an earlier time since the piece would have an air of nostalgia focusing on Christina’s early career. There is also an aspect of idol worship as seen in the lyrics where singer, Chloe Chiaidez adores Ricci. Additionally, I wanted the video to touch on child stardom, the aspect of growing up in front of the camera and in films( the range of life stages one as an actress goes through), romanticizing female starlets and the love of cinema. I basically edited gathered footage using Final Cut Pro X, then put the sequence into a designed scrapbook background via After Effects. More after the jump…
With the advent of lyric videos becoming just as important as music videos, I thought I might try my hand at creating one. One of my favourite songs off Charli’s brilliant album, “True Romance” is “Black Roses”. I envisioned a Victorian, gothic feel for this lyric video because of the song’s dark romantic vibe. Essentially, I created different compositions in After Effects and edited these compositions into a sequence using Adobe Premiere. The introduction with titles took the longest to create. I essentially used a roses wallpaper found by Google search that I altered using a paint like effect. Then I used the glow and stroke effect for the roses as well as the titles and linear and circular features in the background design. I also had moving elements in the background that I created using masks. I wanted the title to look like a painting similar to the rest of the lyric video because for each following composition, the subjects were masked from actual Victorian era paintings of women holding roses.
The following is the reel breakdown for the clip above:-
1. Fountain (2015)
Using tools of Adobe Premiere CS6, I color corrected the edited sequence of mostly flat stock footage. With guidance from YC Waveform, Vectorscope and RBG Parade, I made sure there was contrast along with equal amounts of highlights and shadows in each clip. In regards to color grading, I used the RGB curve effect to create unique looks for each clip. Additionally, I added a Three Way Color Corrector to increase saturation of specific masked portions of the clip. This varied from the greenery to the sky to the different water bodies (seas, oceans and rivers).
My first Color Correction Reel can seen in this post https://aijalonfilms.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/colour-correction-reel/#more-182
I will no longer refer to my editing adventures as experiments and particularly this one as it was more of an artistic piece in the form of a video. I envisioned this piece when I listened to a beautiful song from the Swedish artistes, iamamiwhoami, called “Fountain”. With the title of the track and a bit of the lyrics, I imagined a visualization of the water cycle that demonstrated the intelligent design of the wondrous world we live in as well as how it must have been when the earth and the waters took shape. I tried to minimise human life in the clip because I wanted to show a world untouched, not tainted or polluted, a paradise that we have subsequently lost.
I started by gathering and collecting stock footage that focused on the various water bodies and nature in general. Even though, my prime focus was on the water cycle, I wanted to depict the fact that nature depends on water to sustain life. I also wanted to show the water’s interaction with the life that it sustained. I used XStock Video, Stock Footage For Free and Video Blocks for the footage.
This is my lastest editing experiment, a music video for “Love is a Suicide”. For the title intro, I used a template created in Video Copilot Evolution, removed and then added some elements as well as changing the background colour. I integrated the official artist’s logo along with a paintbrush stroke element. I employed Twitch to the text to create a stuttering effect. An overlay of real 8mm film was applied to the title intro to create a grainy, dark feel. The video footage seen is from the Baz Luhrmann classic “Romeo + Juliet” which fit the subject matter of the song perfectly.
This is my newest editing venture and it is a longform PSA-type of video to spread awareness on not only H.I.V. infection in Africa (as is usually shown in the media) but also the much less highlighted Aboriginal communities in North America. I also wanted to point out the fact that H.I.V. is a global problem and not just relegated to one continent (Africa) but others much less discussed like Europe.
Firstly, I used Adobe After Effects to create the title intro, specifically the effect Particle World to generate particles. I also employed the AAE plug-in Twitch for the shaky cam effect in the intro. This is the first video I tried with Twitch. Continue reading