So, I finally visited NYC for the first time at the end of last year. It took me some time to get back to the footage and make this video, but I think if I'd tried it sooner then it wouldn't have ended up as good as I think it did. I shot footage for two days. And by that, I mean just a couple hours max shooting time during two different days. On the second day, I even forgot to bring an extra battery. Talk about RUN & GUN style shooting.
Between the aforementioned, budget constraints and weather conditions, that footage was all I had to work with. I didn't get to Central Park, Battery Park, Madison Square Garden, Ellis Island, etc. That will be for the sequel to the this video. Most of it was shot hand-held or with the camera resting on top of something and a little of it was shot using a tripod that I borrowed from my good friend of 15 years. He was even cool enough to come along with me as a guide on my video excursions...and let me crash at his place with his wife and two small children. NYC has pretty interesting laws pertaining to when and where and how you can use a tripod in public. But, I digress...
Places highlighted in the video are:
Lower Manhattan (including Chinatown and Little Italy)
The Brooklyn Bridge
Times Square (with a hint of that mega Toys 'R Us)
The East River
The High Line
NYC Comic Comic Con (albeit briefly)
I put simple, but cool graphics and sound stuff at the beginning and end of the video, so make sure you watch every second. There's a little jitter and a little shake and some fluctuating focus, but I made it all pop and do the things to the beat of the song. Watch it loud and watch it big and at it's highest resolution.
All post-production was done with Adobe Premiere Elements 10 on a Windows 7 OS Core i5 laptop. What you see came straight out of the camera. No color-corrections, sharpening, adding noise, desaturating, "making it look like film" etc. This where my term "Pure HD" comes in. Here's more technical info on the video:
Official Title: 'Boots On The Ground - New York City'
File Type: MPEG-2
Size: 566 MB
Resolution: 1920x1080 (streaming at 720p)
Video Codec: MPEG (VBR 5 to 20 Mbps)
Audio Codec: Dolby Digital - 48kHZ - 320kbps
FYI - The baby mouse was alive and well, but asleep. Thanks to the people who rescued it and promptly fed it a big chunk of cheese. :-)
And without further ado...let's hear it for New York!