Upon hearing, Allie X’s ‘Bitch’, I immediately liked it—the biting lyrics and the visceral production. Originally, I was going to use retro ads featuring women that were used by the US for World War propaganda Then with research, I decided to use vintage sexist ads (featuring mostly housewives) and actually subvert their patriarchal and subjugated notions of women. The idea was to channel domestic rage into this project, lash out against this idea of the domesticated housewife. My plan was to blend or directly place Allie X’s face into these ads via Photoshop. I would also blend Allie X’s face into the male character in the ads. If her face was swapped or blended, then I would also color the hair of the character black like Allie’s. I would also place a variety of Allie X’s signature glasses on the blended faces of men and women in the ads (see an example below).
Original Retro Print advertising Van Heusen Shirts
My Photoshopped Image with Allie X’s face blended with Male and Female Figures
Chloe Chaidez, lead singer of Kitten liked my video for their song. She favourited my tweet to her about the video and made some very positive remarks.
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.
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).
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.