For weeks now, I have sat upon several gigabytes of raw footage, unseen to the world except to the mechanical eyes of my hard drive. Well, today that changes. Today I finally finished my cinematic video about my hometown. I’ve posted a link below if you’d like to check it out. I think this will be my first blog post that isn’t about Denmark. But, I wanted to share the process that lead to the release of this video; from the perspective of an amateur, not only in video editing, but in life as well.
So this project began months ago, before I ever even packed my bags for Denmark. This began out of a desire to capture the essence of my hometown so I could show the people of Denmark what Canada is like. However, as with many things in life, desire is easier than delivery.
To make an amateur video like this, I had to first actually capture footage to work with. So in the few weeks I had left In Canada, I travelled around my local area to capture footage. Being an Amateur, I had a terrible filming ratio of about 30:1. This means for every 30 seconds of footage I recorded, I would only actually use 1 second for my final film. The actual filming process involved me driving myself around with my Drone, DSLR Camera + Microphone, and GoPro. Once I had several hours of footage, I decided it was time to begin editing.
Now, the editing process is very different than the shooting process. It involves being finicky, precise, and most importantly, caffeinated. I currently use Premiere Pro to edit my videos, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what that program is capable of. I’m excited to learn even more with Premiere.
Anyways, I have made several videos like these in the past, however, some part of me has ensured they never see the light of day. Let me explain; when it comes to creativity, I seldom release it into the world. Be it writing, art, or even videos like these, I never release them. If one thinks about it, there are so many reasons not to be a “creative”. What if I release it an nobody see’s it? What if people do see it, but they don’t like it? The list goes on. As a result, I’ve never released anything into the world prior to this project – We’ll see how that goes.
Perhaps I’m looking at this wrong. Perhaps I’m doing it for the wrong reasons. Who knows. But I want to continue.
More posts about Denmark later. I promise