The Making of…

After seven weeks of filming and not having any idea of storyline or purpose I thought I would try and put together an initial film. I use Sony Vegas for editing and simply laid the 40 minutes of footage sequentially on the timeline. I quickly edited out the panning shots as they did not work with the predominantly static shots – a few of them worked but most of them were not steady enough (the Sony HC1 is not the best for hand held panning). After some simple clip trimming I had about 15 minutes of footage. I only used the on board mic without a dead cat and the sound was very poor and varied track to track, so I muted the sound and dropped some songs from The Hepburns album Champagne Reception (friends from Llanelli who once were on the Cherry Red record label and are now distributed through Radio Khartoum). This made the editing process more interesting as I could listen to some music at the same time.

I was now down to a 12 minute edit that was incredibly boring as I did not have any voice overs or interviews to give the footage context or a story line. I wanted to create an initial film to generate ideas for a larger scale documentary which was the original objective of filming the footage. I then thought that a 3 minute film would be an ideal length backed by one of The Hepburns tracks. I then contacted Matt from The Hepburns for permission to use his songs and he kindly said that I could.

Jackie O (first track from Champagne Reception) gave the nicest feel to the footage so I started the process of much tighter cuts to beats and off beats varying the length to not make it too formulaic. It is mostly sequential edited as I wanted to show the progress of the development and finish off with the views of Bicester still open for business.

I then simply posted it to YouTube for viewing.


About robbyboyofilms

I am a keen videographer and I have 3 HD video cameras and 2 camera with HD video capability. A Canon HV20, Sony CX130, Sony FX1, Canon 550D and a GoPro Hero2. I have 2 Rode video mics (a directional mic and a stereo mic) and a host of accessories. I use Sony Vegas to edit and create DVD's and blurays.  I mostly video my kids Stagecoach theatre shows and distribute copies to the students.  Plus I do the obligatory family home movies and occasional short film. I have set up this blog to monitor my progress and thought process.  I am from Llanelli in South Wales and have ended up as an IT consultant living in Oxfordshire. Happily married with 2 lovely children. View and subscribe to my videos on YouTube.
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