Due: October 31/November 1
Demo in class: go get Tennis Court
Goal: Learn basic post-production skills in iMovie by adding visual energy, focus, and rhythm to a structurally simple single-shot clip. Extra goal: aesthetic pride. That is, be proud of what you do, trying to make the final product better than the original.
Tools to use:
- Start new Library, Event, and Project, import YouTube (or make your own)
- Scrub > spacebar to pause > Split clip (Command-B)
- Probably good to learn to use (faux) beat markers
- Things to try with clips using tools in the Adjustments Bar:
- Crop (including Ken Burn’s effect to create a pan or a zoom (see also this tutorial)
- Change color/saturation/balance, etc (don’t forget “Video Effects”)
- Copy > Paste Adjustments
- Speed (beware of losing audio sync)
- Things to use/try from the sidebar Content Library:
- Fade to black beginning/ending
- Edit > Connect cutaways (mess with opacity?)
- Cut/move/repeat clips
- Sample list from the classes from a couple of years ago is here.
- Wikipedia has an entry on one shot music videos with a list of examples.
- Mental Floss has a page with 15 one shot music videos here (h/t Tiffany).
Lorde’s Tennis Court, recut sample:
BTW: Not only is repetition/rhythm a key element of music that we like, it’s a key element to be aware of in good editing – but not slavishly. Most art is about setting up expecations (e.g., rhythm) and then messing with the expectation (e.g., change of rhythm).