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Musing Aloud post Jenny and pre Patrice

Watch this 1 and a 1/2 minute video.

It was an exercise in jump-cut editing.  Experimental.  Avant Guard.

If you must know, I stood for 8 hours at my (new) 1940s Hamilton drafting desk editing it frame-by-frame.

Time suck?  Nope.  I love it.

This vlog is my passion.  I’m sharing my learning process related to it as well as providing a sneak- preview of my next profile about Patrice at Alameda Studio Time.

Hey, it’s more interesting than my last talking-head musing aloud snooze fest.

*Drop me a line and let me know what you think about it.  I’m looking for new followers and I follow back. 

Content in this musing aloud refers to a short documentary profile about Jenny’s Passion for Fiber Arts.

18 Responses to “Musing Aloud post Jenny and pre Patrice”

  1. artisticmilestone

    You did an awesome job with this video, like a reporter would do :) I’m thinking of doing a video but still had not find the guts to add my face in it lol :)

    • Kristin

      Hey There Artistic Milestone,

      Thanks for checking it out. No need for you to make videos, you’re already an artist.

  2. Anita

    kristin, I think you are right on this…when you are passionate about something it is a breeze to learn it and the time whizzes by…in fact there’s never enough of it. I love the editing. takes me back to the dungeon at SUNY Binghamton!

    • Kristin

      Hi Anita,

      I know this topic is close to you. I was thinking of your passion for baseball. I know it’s been your boy’s thing, but I think it’s yours too!

      Yeah. Remember those editing days of working for hours in the dark splicing experimental films & emerging into the outdoors to rediscover color and nature?

      Well, I’m back at it and people watching the movies makes it worthwhile.


      Sent from my iPhone

  3. patricia

    Kinda neat that making films about people’s passions is *your* passion! I loved the editing in this one. It makes your message dynamic and goes well with Oso’s quirky beat. Can’t wait to see Patrice’s video–she’s such a fascinating person.

    Glad you’re having such a blast doing this!

    • Kristin

      Hi Tricia,

      I haven’t responded right away because was thinking about what you wrote that : “people’s passions is (*my*) passion.”

      That is the simple version, but there is more to it than that.

      My passion (related to Intrinsic) is:

      -when people are truly interested in some thing, they seek resources (people, classes, books) and teach them-self whatever they need to know

      -interest in a subject is a key component to a willingness to learn about it

      -self-directed learning is multi-sensory

      -giving people a chance to tell their story about their *special* interest

      -videotaping “living” culture

      -interviewing, directing and editing video footage

      There may even be more, but I have to leave and drive our son to a soccer tournament in Palo Alto!

      I’m really happy to hear you liked the editing in this musing aloud as it was rather time consuming. It was more dynamic though, and my skills improve with every effort.

      As you know, I am seeking resources and teaching myself. Your feedback and insight is greatly appreciated!

    • Kristin

      I responded to this on Saturday from my phone, but I see that there is no response. I’ll try again. This is a long answer to your question btw;-)

      Jump-cut editing is when a sequence of action is purposely broken, divided or “cut” to use film terminology. This style of editing was brought to my attention in my undergraduate cinematography studies at the University of Arizona in the late 80s.

      At the time, a Graduate Studies Film Theory Professor, Peter R. Lehman, introduced students in his classes to a variety of experimental filmmakers including Jean Luc Godard.

      If you are interested, I recommend that you watch Godard’s infamous movie “Breathless” for a perfect example of jump-cut editing, and note the really interesting use of sound in that film as well.

      The experimental cinema that I was introduced to by Lehman greatly influenced my own film interests and work at the time, and still does. I like the fact that experimental films require a viewer to participate in watching, to pay attention in order to comprehend. I enjoy the absurdity, the quirkiness, the freedom of expression, as well as the art form of experimental films.

      As to whether my future profiles will be jump-cut, I’m not sure. The video I made of you only contained a few jump-cuts during your dialogue and advice was given to me to either: do it ALL that way, or do NONE of it that way, which would make the editing seamless, invisible.

      Making movies is a creative process for me and I just have to take a leap and go for it. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out, because at this point, I’m evolving.

      • analfabetul

        With pleasure. With all should give a share when we find something interesting, something that we like. We take only 3 seconds to give a like and share.
        That’s why I made ​​this blog. I post all things Intersite find it in the online environment.

        • Kristin

          I see that. Great variety of blogs that you post. I have to be honest, your Gravatar freaks me out. No disrespect intended.

  4. Kerwyn Hodge

    This was definitely captivating, and moved you forward from “Jenny.” I can’t wait to see how “Patrice” turns out! :-)

    • Kristin

      Hi Kerwyn,

      Thanks for the follow!

      It makes all my effort more fun to know I’m developing an audience to share it with.

      I am really excited for my next profile of Patrice too.

      My interview with her is on Friday, March 8th. I’m using a recording App called “Retro Recorder” to tape our phone conversation on my iPhone5.

      From that discussion, I’ll develop a loose script of images I’d like combined with her dialogue (to refresh her memory of what she spoke of).

      Then I’ll use my handy-dandy iPhone5 HD video to record scenes. The editing process is the hardest and the most time-consuming part of the process for me. My goal is to master editing (sound and images).

      Eventually, I hope to have my short documentaries shown on our local PBS station, and perhaps I may enter them in a digital short “film” festival.

      Thanks to feedback from people like yourself, I’m getting a better idea of what works and what to improve.

      • Kerwyn Hodge

        Editing is probably the most time consuming – and most rewarding – part of the process. It’s where a lot of the “magic” happens (that’s true whether we’re discussing video, audio, or even the written word). What software are you using to edit?

        • Kristin

          I use the basic iMovie software supplied with my OS X, and I am finding it limiting. I can’t get the fine-tune control for my cuts and the audio controls are very poor. What would you suggest?

          • Kerwyn Hodge

            You’re talking to someone so green, the paint is still in the can. Calling me a “newbie” would be giving me more credit than I deserve! But I have access to some pretty sharp people. Let me ask around a bit.

          • Kristin

            Ha Ha. Funny analogy. No worries. I’ve got it covered for now and will figure it out.

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