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Editing Practice: I Prefer Techno

While catching up on VGHS this morning, one ad actually got me to stop and watch it:

Gymnastics In Slow Motion

The video, partly because of the dubstep, reminded me of The Apple Tree Feat. The Glitch Mob. [NB: This video is definitely not suitable for children! It has f-bombs in the lyrics and disturbing/sexually-oriented shots from many R-rated movies. But the editing is superb!] There's something moving about cutting to strong music... especially if you have footage that can be slowed way down via time remapping.

If you've been interested in improving your editing skills, I highly recommend grabbing a ton of footage you've shot and cutting it together to an awesome rhythmic song. Dubstep is great, but I prefer techno.

Not sure where to get good techno for your edit? I like OverClocked ReMix. What's really cool about ocremix (besides providing free techno) is that the songs there are fan-made. So while there are a lot of less-than-stellar tracks on the site, you can also find some amazing gems created by creative people who love sharing their work.

Normally I caution about letting the length of a song drive your edit, but since the purpose of this exercise is to, well, let the song drive your edit... don't let that hold you back this time.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

P.S. Notice how the ad above has a story. The part where she falls, and the moments after that, are wonderfully executed. We are visual storytellers, so tell your story with pictures.

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