It’s Day 13 and we are almost at the half-way mark, what? I remember that first fresh email invitation from Ruth. Hey, I’m having a blast! Let’s slow everything down, oaky?
But being grounded in reality, here’s #13.
I’m back in a digital piece. This one is my first wedding video to be shown at the rehearsal dinner, the entertainment of the evening. I never like these pieces when I’m in the intimate audience. They are usually too long with way too many photos, lots of poor quality photos. They never feel constructed. Really, how many The pieces I’ve seen are usually just too long with way too many photos. Just a slide show without structure that seems to go on and on… Just how many baby pictures of the happy couple do we need to see?
When my niece asked me to create one for her and video tape her wedding, I said yes, immediately. I never turn down a new digital challenge and I wanted to take on this genre. Over the last 5 months I prodded Amanda to get me her favorite photos from her own archives and from her fiancee.. I have my own collection our family photo and I started taking more posed pictures of the couple at family events. I scheduled interviews with family and friends over Thanksgiving. And sent me a list of songs that touched her. I warned her that this would not be a piece like other wedding videos. She was ready to take a ride with me.
As usual, I jumped right in collecting pictures, downloading the interviews , getting Amanda to select music that I downloaded into a new Manda playlist on all my devices to keep this piece with me, always, I even opened a new project in Final Cut Studio.
I started with a piece of music and created an opening with a full set of images that worked well with that first song, and then I stopped!
I walked away and left it. I had other pieces to take on that I needed for conferences that would come first. I still had time, April 7th. But it was in gnawing, in the back of my head. I played the music over and over in the car and from that original list of 6 songs, I was hoping to only use two. I almost pushed her to use a song or two that I loved but no, I wanted the love songs to be hers. She know I’m not going to use all 6. I am actually proud of her for letting me take artistic control, trusting that I will do right by her.
Of course, I could have been working on this piece even with my conference work, but I needed my usual procrastination time when I wonder if I can even create a good piece; when I wonder if my video interviews will be good; if my piece will be just like all the other boring ones. Of course, the audience is an easy one. They will sit and watch anything and enjoy it when they see themselves and take the ride into the past.
But over the last two days I’ve been in this piece. Yesterday with Tuvia recuperating for his dental implant surgery I had large pockets of time and I worked. I am probably close to a full draft and I’ve only used two songs and half of the interviews I made. Tuvia took a look and enjoyed it.
So, I’m feeling way ahead of the deadline! My guilty conscience is silenced once again🙂