Sifting through some of my favorite Web sites on Monday, I came across a blog post on vimeo.com about a Weekend Project. The project was to make a video that incorporates multiple frames of action within a single frame.
Oddly, I had been thinking about this the week before. I think it’s an awesome technique that I had never tried. So, I was planning on trying it out for a recent personal project in the next couple weeks.
This was perfect timing. So, I sat down Monday evening and started. I found a sweet rights-free song and went to work. I didn’t know much about this technique other than that you really want to see varying motion in different frames (preferably two split horizontally, in my opinion).
I always think it’s a great idea to edit to sound, so I started my campaign. The first 12 seconds of video took probably three hours to edit. It took me a while to get a hang of it, but eventually I did.
I finished it Tuesday afternoon and was a little pleased with the result. I think there was enough mix-up to make for an interesting piece. The stripes at the end were rather difficult to position. Other than that, it was quite easy to do within Final Cut Pro.
As for the footage, I just unrolled some of my first shots with the Canon 7D that I had stored up. Turned out to work pretty well. I think so anyway.
I uploaded it Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon I found out that I had won! They upgraded my account from basic to pro (something I’ve always wanted). More awesomely, they featured my video in their staff picks (something I’ve always wanted more)!
So, this video scored more views, likes and comments in a single day than any of my videos ever: combined. I actually thought it was a joke when I saw that it had been viewed a thousand times (this was before I checked my email).
I wasn’t too pleased with my output and think there are a lot better ones out there. It was definitely fun and interesting and a great learning experience. Well done all who participated. Second place was easily twenty times cooler than mine.Tags: 10-22mm, canon, Canon 7D, Competition, final cut pro, podgevision, sigma 30mm f/1.4, travis tindell, vimeo