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I'm always recording video. So much so that even a seemingly mundane family evening out to get tacos at our favorite Mexican restaurant can potentially turn into a quick movie. This is exactly what occurred last Friday night. I hardly ever have a distinct plan of what to shoot or what type of film/movie/video I will end up creating. But I do know that if I don't press record, the chances of being able to upload one to Vimeo will be null.
This video came together when I heard the music a few days later. I'm always searching for fun, interesting tracks to use on my video edits. This particular one is from Andrew Applepie, an artist from Germany whose music is prominently featured in quite a few of Casey Neistat's stellar vlogs on YouTube. The title of the song is "For Mum" and I just loved the music box style of the composition. Luckily, that evening at dinner, I had been focusing on my daughter's disney shoes that she insisted on taking with us and those few clips at the beginning of this video set me up for success as the music and different scenes played out.
Like I said, I don't typically pre-plan much, but what I do try my best to do is capture footage from different angles, movement and perspectives. This helps create a vast variety in my shots so the viewer doesn't get too bored and if I do decide to make a movie out of it, I won't get halfway through and be out of useable content.
When I'm editing, I also listen for the bass track of the music to make my cuts. Sometimes, if I don't want to overwhelm the viewer with too much, I'll simply crop in on the same frame during the cut for a close up of my subject. It seems to work nicely and is much more subtle than an absolute cut.
My biggest advice for anyone filming with a DSLR, point and shoot or even your iPhone is to keep it stable as much as possible. Nothing will ruin the cinematic feel that your going for than shaky video.
**Behind the Shoot**
Location: Taqueria Del Sol | Athens, Georgia
Date of Shoot: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7pm
Camera: Canon G7X point and shoot (settings 1080p, 30fps)
Music: "For Mum" by Andrew Applepie soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie
Editing Software: Adobe Premiere Pro
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