Once again, it’s been a while since I last posted. It’s been quite busy these days, and haven’t been able to shoot much. Actually more like haven’t had time to edit any of the things I shot. A couple of week ago, UNSW PhotoClub held the infamous PhotoDash event! It is like the Amazing Race but with photography involved! That’s like…two forms of awesome moulded into one epic event! Making members run across Sydney CBD from Darling Harbour all the way to Luna park over a course of 5 hours was hilarious. The only part that was not funny was that I had to run with them…operating a flycam. That was exhausting.
For this video, I basically took inspiration from Devin Super Tramp, for his awesome exciting and fun videos. Especially with his steadicam work. It was a great fun making this video, and I really hope I have another opportunity to film a big event like this!
I have to give my thanks to all those who made this possible! Every executive in the PhotoClub really made this event what is was. Also thanks to all the videographers that helped me out, covering things I couldn’t possibly get.
And the music! Omg, selecting music is one of the hardest job in my opinion. For a video which uses only a music track and no audio, the music you choose is imperative to the overall feel of your video. I spent hours and hours looking through creative commons content, trying to find a piece that I think would have fit my video. Unfortuantely, I couldn’t find any, and so I resulted in using copywrited content (I did buy the song, and it was not pirated), a song called You Always Make Me Smile by Kyle Andrews. Please support him buy going to this link here! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-always-make-me-smile-single/id378318741
I’m going to try something new. Everytime I post a video, I’m going to include a “What I’ve Learnt” section. Hopefully, for those who actually read to the bottom of the post, would learn from my mistakes, or get some form of insight. So…
What I Learnt
For starters, working with multiple cameras is different to working with just your own. I wasn’t pedantic about it, but what I SHOULD have done, was get everyone to start at a similar picture profile before filming. It was crazy trying to match all the footage together in the end, and as you can see in the video, I tried but failed.
Also, music is so important. Spend time finding your music, but you have to work on your edit or you’ll never get it done. So my advice is to choose an existing song you have that’s similar but not perfect, and start selecting your shots and editing to that. This way you get something done, and when you do find your music, you can always tweak your edit to fit. It’s not the most elegant method, but when you’re short on time, it’s something I think is worth doing.
Lastly, practice using your gear. Running around with a flycam is exhausting. But what I found was that a lot of my shots were not usable. I need practice using that equipment. Equipment is only as good as the operator behind it.
Thanks for reading all this ramble. Hope you learnt something from my experiences and I promise I will post more!! I do have some videos lined up so yeh!!!
Stay sharp and keep shooting!
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