This short film is somewhere between a music video and lifestlye documentary.
The opeing sequence with the motion graphic has sound (the drumming) that I personally recorded in camera along with the image of the drummer himself (although I did detach and re-synch the sound to make the edit/cut away with the motion graphic). I also included an ominous (Om in us?) chant that you can hear behind the motion graphic sequence that I got from Freesound.
Next, we hear the bands music come on as the main audio track that will play for the rest of the video. This was audio that the band recorded and gave to me later. So any syncronizing of sound is totally artificial.
There is a sequence of hand painted art that proceeds the footage of the band playing. This is from the internet archives community videos and it is Ayahuasca inspired art (look it up if you are interested).
I shot all the rest of the footage myself with one camera. The lighting was very dim in the venue, so I edited all the outdoor shots to give them a hand painted "instagram-ish" feel in order to "match" the indoor shots. Toward the end of the video, I use splicing to create a jumpy animated effect in order to make the images more rythmic and interesting with a little faster motion.
This group of people hail from all over the world, and they live a lifestyle that is mostly unfamiliar to most Americans. I shot this on two occasions over last Thanksgiving weekend. Almost all members of this group are already gone to places like India or South America until next year. This group of people get together only several times a year to improvise music together. Pretty cool I think.
I wanted to do a pseudo-music video, not just because I found their music inspiring, but because I wanted to capture and document there lives which flow with grace and beauty in a way that I don't see in the mainstream. This culture is not yet well documented because it is not commercial, and thus the web is a good platform for it. I remember the video we were shown in class of Fleet Foxes (which I also saw a couple years ago on current tv), and I really like that kind of work, so when the final project description suggested a music video, I thought of these nice people. This was the first time I used this camera (canon t3i) and the first thing that I have shot in years, so it was a bit bumpy.
The cool thing is, I used this school project as an avenue into digital authorship. I will be continuing to document MERKABAH and produce digital content for them. The cut we see here is for the purposes of this class, but it is not totally different from some of the pieces I am putting together for the group. This was fun, but also I feel this class really helped me break through some barriers that were holding me back from doing this kind of work. Thanks.
Timbre. Tibetan Chant Modified, Mp3, Freesound.org, 2010. http://www.freesound.org/people/Timbre/sounds/103953/#
stoA>>f. lsd documentary, Internet Archives, Community Video. http://archive.org/details/LsdDocumentary