Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 17th, 2011 Videos Of The Week: DIY Edition

A friend got me into Minecraft. My bad. And my mics fucked up right, so I had a song ready to go, but it'll have to wait.

OK, so one video I wanted to do for a long time coming was The Squeeze's "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)". I couldn't find any decent live videos on YouTube (since the one with the best audio was when they played it slower).

VIDEO OF THE WEEK #1: "Pulling Mussels (From A Shell)"

I liked it because it seems to fit so well, and just has a nostalgic vibe to it that sort of puts me at ease.

Anyways, I was going to do a bit on some crappy homemade music videos made for actual artists, and use that on a "How To" section. However, when I did a search for such, I delved into a world that I did not anticipate. An, Uncharted Zone so to speak.

DON'T make it super obvious you're using green screen.

This guy was parodied in the "Brainpower" music video Mega 64 did for Freezepop, and again was brought up in their Gnomon University commercial.

DO be thematically appropriate.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK #2- "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran

Never seen Lupin The Third, but it looks like it's a show about a pretty slick dude. And this is a very slick cover of a song about a creepy stalker guy. The lips match up when they're singing, and the tone of clips go with the tempo. I can look at this and see something complete.

DON'T just throw shit up there.

Hey! Reel Big Fish again! So what does the song "The Fire" have to do with a line for the bathroom? And why is it just showing me full clips from the show? Oh well, at least I know what the episode is. Good thing this guy didn't bother with video editing!

DO get friends who've been to film school.
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK #3: "Take The Money And Run" by Steve Miller Band

I just want to applaud their effort. The shots here lead me to believe that they knew what they were doing, and everything with that car in it is pure gold. For such a small project, a lot effort was put into it.

Like the other two entries, it captures the spirit of the song, and UNF DAT CAR.

DON'T make a fucking slide show.

I was looking for something pathetic, like stills of Sasuke to Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness", but this is in the same vein of what I was looking for: Screenshot Video.
1. Take some pictures
2. Lengthen to 5 seconds each in Windows Movie Maker
3. Have people hit your video so they can have the song in the background while they do something else.
4. There is no profit. See step 3.

If you're the kind of person who lives off YouTube hits, go ahead, waste your time. At least a Rock Band FC video shows me what the songs looks like or if it's any fun to play, and, you know, took effort to capture.

That's what it boils down to: effort. If you put care into making it, I'll take care to watch it, and not use it as background to whatever I'm doing.


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