Read the behind the scenes blog post here: jawavifilms.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/creative-ideas-on-how-to-choreograph-your-family-videos/
All videos, whether they're for business or entertainment tell a story. But putting together the story can be the fun part, or most intimidating. I'm talking about editing video. I think I had a total of 75 minutes of video (too much if you ask me), which I pared down to fit nicely into the 3 minute runtime of the song.
Could I have edited the entire video on Cameo. Yes, however with all of the quick transitions and cuts I needed to make, I chose to edit on my Mac. Again, another choice. I could have used Final Cut Pro, which is one of the most advanced video editing software programs available. But this video edit was not going to require that much manipulation of the footage, so I chose to go with the always reliable and very straight forward, iMovie. The toughest part included syncing up the video of my kids and me singing. A half second off on the timing and the final cut doesn't look very good. It's gotta be precise.
Upon completion, I exported the video to a file, popped it over to my iPhone, uploaded the completed project to Cameo and added one of their colored filters on top. Which one did I choose? The Vivid setting. Then it was uploaded automatically to Vimeo. Perfect.
The Little Stars.
Initially, I received some pushback from the three little stars in this feature. There were times when dancing, especially from the littlest just wasn't going to happen. It's amazing how the personality comes out when she's allowed to wave one of her many pompoms that she has on hand.
From the lip-syncing to the dancing, I wasn't sure how it would all come together. I think it's safe to say, I am pretty happy with how it all turned out. My one regret has to be the fact that the best, and legitimately really good dancer we have in this family happens to be my wife and she wasn't in it. For the record, she was over the moon when she saw the completed version and very sad it was done without her. There's always next time.
In conclusion, the story in this video is to emphasize the quote from Mike Myers that I began this post with. "Anyone who tells you that fatherhood is the greatest thing to happen to you, they are understating it." I thank God everyday that he blessed me with a beautiful and loving wife who shares the joy with me in raising these three beautiful and fun-loving kids.