This is video made for the final editing assignment. I remix the single shot video ( the assignment 1), using diverse clips, musics, pictures and sounds from Vimeo.com, Flicker, and media pool of Apple Final Cut Studio Soundtrack Pro.
The sources referred are:
TWU: Occupy Wall Street: http://vimeo.com/30273003
Anthons- Anthons 1 years old birthday party: http://vimeo.com/56992710
No more blood for oil: https://www.flickr.com/photos/1080p/2819943352
Blood rose: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82955120@N05/7995296862
and all musics and sounds are under the Apple Final Cut Studio, the Soundtrack Pro.
About its idea, after I see the requirement, I choose the theme of ‘impact’. Then I started to find notions which contain impact, or conflict. Recently, there are loads people focus on issues such as increasing unemployment, degraded teenagers, criminal rate, violence, and drug abuse. There have considerable impact on societies. I realized that our previous single shot video can be remixed to be associated with these impacts mentioned above. The remixed video in terms of story is that a degraded teen lost his job, then starts to take drugs, releases his anxiousness in night club, cheating on his girlfriend, then is killed by the girlfriend who is over reacted.
In terms of aesthetics, I referred two famous artistic movies called Trainspotting (UK) and Requiem for a Dream (USA), which both involve issues about wild, degraded teenagers. Especially I learnt from Requiem for a Dream, that is the editing style which use extreme short, super close-up clips to indicate the detail of drug taking. So you can clearly see the same style in my editing sequence, and the close-up shots of arm and pupil are used. Also, I leant how to use picture which is disconnected to connect the video clips. See the blood picture, this idea style from early experiment short films, and the Power Point. Furthermore, you can see the editing sequence contains kind of absurdist content a little bit, especially in part of chicken in white & black clip (the single shot) and the animation of chicken. I learnt this from I Killed My Mother directed by Xavier Dolan, who is 1989 born super talented director, and he just won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2014. In that movie, you can see the imagination of his mother’s look (in absurdist way) from the son when he is told his mother will go for sunbath.
About the editing tech, I still persist that what tools you can use is really not a big deal, and what important is your brain. Think about the film Following, which is Christopher Nolan’s first film. Can you believe that this great film just cost no more than 7000 dollars, but there is nothing can hide its greatness. I use Apple Final Cut Pro to edit my work, and I always notice that put the sound of next clip in advance, which can made the tail of editing more invisible, and comfortable. Whereas there are still couple of editing joints need to be emphasized, which also can generate good effect. After all, this assignment is set for editing.