Monthly Archives: October 2011

Ska Jazz

Getting in the mood of Halloween and listening to some great jazz music, I came up with this treat (or trick?). Tried to include most of the famous names in Jazz, from past and present. Ran out of time to include all of them so, my fault (time was not on “my side”).

The sync and timing to the music on this video consumed tons of time to get it just right. Hopefully it plays on Vimeo as intended. The idea to include something “nasty” in honor of the title of the music and upcoming Halloween, ended up being a long and tedious search for material, that would be striking 🙂 funny and weird. Eventually, I came upon this film from the 30’s “Esprit de Famille”, that actually bombed, but became a cult flick for early fetishism.

Also trough the courtesy of Christopher Taylor, I was able to add clips of bats in a cave. (I personally think that bats are very beneficial and have a critical place in nature’s cycle, but lore has them as scary, nasty and associated with horror)

The piece contains many technical features i.e. slow-motion, multiple screens, coloring, 3D camera motion Fx’s and other more trivial visual “tricks”.

Enjoy the treat,

Farm promenade

Just a little video about going out to the “country” and finding organic, hydroponic and environmentally friendly small farmers, doing what’s right and what’s trendy.

Had a tough time putting this one together, since once I downloaded the clips I’d shot, noticed that they were too shaky (all that healthy organic stuff, and lots of wind). After 10-12 different tries, found a way to “disguise” the shakiness and make it look halfway decent (not perfect).

Here it is: slow the clip down by 25%, change the gamma by minus 5-10%, apply a slight blur (3%), combine all these and render without compensating for motion blur or resampling. If the first render still looked shaky, repeat again with less % of the same technique. Once I looked closely at the outcome, one could not tell the difference, unless warned.

The trip was a blast, we tried all kinds of goodies, some better than others. We met honest and hard-working people being true to nature and loving it. Not much monetary returns involved yet, but they hope the future will be more rewarding.

Enjoy the trip, outing and food,

New Jazz City