On and off over the past few years, I’ve been making Video Journals (currently I’m in “off” mode), and this one chronicles the adventures of a trip I made to Cleveland and Milwaukee back at the end of June in 2008.
For one of my Parsons classes, my friend and fellow classmate Linh teamed up to run an ARG. It was mainly for a small group of fellow students, but did attract some additional players from other parts of the world. At the end of the project, we presented this video to help explain what it was all about.
Okay, let’s be honest — this really wasn’t that great of a movie. I think Roger Ebert said that it was the perfect matinee choice, which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. But hey, I always liked it as a kid, and decided to see if I could make a trailer for it.
My ever-trusty demoreel! If you watched the other videos (not too mention still images) on my main site, you’ll recognize a number of pieces, but there’s also a lot of work-related content, as well as some animation bits.
Here it is — the first music video I edited together for an animation series. “The Stylophonia,” by Two Little Boys, using scenes from “Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers.”
What I first most amusing about this one is that I actually edited this together using an VHS to VHS editing deck. This is back when you needed two monitors and had to assemble the video pretty much one clip after the other, as there was no way to shuffle up and down the timeline as we can do today. Considering the number of cuts I had to make, it was quite a bit of a learning curve.
It’s also a bit scary to realize that I made this over a decade ago.
After listening to George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone,” it struck me that it really seemed to be talking about Negaduck. Mind you, this was when I was deeply immersed in the Disney Afternoon culture, so I probably could have drawn parallels between Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor and the Junior Woodchucks. Nevertheless, I thought the music video I edited together worked pretty well, at least in that I still enjoy watching it today.
Music video I made for Megavolt of the “Darkwing Duck” series, to the tune of “Go Away” by Gloria Estefan. Not really much of a reason behind the music choice; I just really liked the idea of matching up each horn hit with a shot of someone getting fried.
The song is from a cassette single I had, so yeah, not in the best quality.
This is actually one of my favorites in terms of music videos; that song, “Real World” by Matchbox 20, just seems to be the perfect theme song for Dale, of the “Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers” series. And, because Dale was the official goofball of the team, there was a rich array of clips to choose from. Heck, this video practically made itself in terms of what clips to select.
Oh, and those side blue bars are because I made this on an old, old video card which did that from time to time for no apparent reason. Ah well.
Ah, the glories of the Pro Chip & Gadget movement….
After I had gotten the hang of the whole “editing music videos together with Disney Afternoon series” — which is a vastly under-appreciated skill, believe me — how could I not do a video for the beauty of a Chip and Gadget outcome? The “Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers” series still remains close to my heart, and hopefully I can one day again add some more content to the loyal following.
I thought that Matthew Sweet’s “Looking At The Sun” song was a good fit, although I had been listening to it a lot at the time, too.
One of the first projects that we got as 1st year Grad Students at Parsons was a “Box Study.” Each of us were assigned a particular type of box (something simple that you could make yourself and fold together), and then required to do something like 50 “studies” of it. I can’t comment on the intended goal, but I can say that pretty much everyone wound up hating their box with a deep, irrational hatred. In the end, we had to make a basic presentation about the box, to sort of introduce the rest of the class to it. This was my final for the project. It was made largely because, well, video is one of my better skills, but also because it gave me the chance to have some fun with the box (for a change). I was pleasantly surprised that the instructor not only actually liked it, but even laughed at the last line.