The biggest test of my editing skills to date has come and gone, as today, I premiered my “Five-Word Book Club” segment as part of DS106. Inspired by the “Five-Second Movies” of Doug Walker and, by extension, yours truly, my final video assignment for this grading period is an abridged parody of Internet review shows in general, as I summarize three classic books or plays – all in the public domain, as of press time – for the audience’s viewing pleasure. As for the reason why I started this post by describing this video, and not the challenge it was based on, that can be summed up with what the challenge itself, worth five stars toward our final score for these two weeks, was. As pointed out in the assignment bank, the challenge was doing the following:

Have a conversation with yourself! Film yourself talking, then change clothes, hair styles, etc., and then film the other half of the convo. Edit this in any movie editor program (I used Pinnacle movie maker) To overlap the two scenes so that you are talking to yourself! Play around, to figure out the most efficient way! Also, timing is everything in this! Make sure when talking to leave breaks for your other self to respond!

The shots were done in one take on my iPhone, with the only real costume change being my choice of shirts. The script focused on a one-minute episode of the show, in which I “reviewed” Robert W. Chambers’ horror anthology, The King in Yellow; Romeo and Juliet, the timeless tragedy from William Shakespeare’s First Folio; and George Barr McCutcheon’s comedy of capitalism, and the subsequent errors thereof, Brewster’s Millions.

Pre-production started – by which I mean, the script was typed – a day in advance of filming, and the editing process was quick and painless, or as much as you could imagine it to be. Since Windows Live Movie Maker didn’t include a function where you can seamlessly splice two videos together, I settled for the next best thing, and downloaded VideoPad by NCH Software for my editing purposes.

Once I had uploaded the footage onto my computer, I watched through the available footage on VideoPad, looking out for any moments of silence I could cut out, so that the story was told in a much more effective manner. Alternating between the two videotaped versions of me, I completed the set hours ahead of schedule, making sure to save everything as its own MP4 file when I closed up shop.

From there, I added in the usual set of opening and closing credits on Movie Maker, complete with the “Sabre Dance” from Gayane playing in the background. After that, I saved everything in full, and uploaded the final product onto my YouTube account, to wrap everything up for these two weeks.




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