Here it is! And a day early! Above is my first month’s video, “Jazz Age.” Watch it, comment, share, etc. Only 11 more months to go…
I just wanted to take a second to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading. I likely won’t be posting anything for the rest of the week, for obvious reasons. I fully intend on celebrating my Black Friday by watching these movies.
I know posting has been light over the past week, but that’s only because there’s been a lot going on. I’m hard at work at November’s video, which will be up early next week (have to stick to that end of month deadline). I’ll also have updates on December’s videos and maybe even a surprise or two. After the jump, I’ll leave you with an older video of mine to get you in the mood for winter and the holiday season:
Just a quick report on the progress I’m making with this month’s video. At this point, I have the footage and the music selected, so now it’s just time to put it together. Beginning the editing process has been interesting-I haven’t looked at the footage since I had it processed several months ago. There are some great shots of the band and other attendees, and also some choices that won’t be making the final cut.
It sometimes seems as though my generation’s greatest cultural product is nostalgia. It can be seen in the 80s-referencing fashion trends, the blippy synth-drenched pop music and the faux-vintage, Hipstamatic photos that everyone with an iPhone seems to upload to Facebook. But nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia is one of the most destructive opponents to creativity.
As I mentioned in my “First Thoughts” post, I had a few ideas regarding the type of song I wanted to use in November’s video. Over the last year or so, there has been a great influx of lo-fi, experimental music being made in bedrooms throughout the world. It goes without saying that this has been assisted by the ubiquity of music production technology, as well as the ability to self-distribute over the Internet. Their ability to conjure nostalgic images make them the perfect accompaniment to my Super 8 footage of the Jazz Age party.
The first month in and I’m already bending the rules. For my first film, instead of shooting something new, I am going to edit some old footage that has been sitting around. Back in September of last year (2009 if you’re reading this in the future), I attended a Jazz Age lawn party on Governor’s Island.