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My goal was the play the melody part in the revised score for Still Here. 


Did I succeed in the end? Maybe ... but I managed not to cut myself (or my clothes) on the saw, which was good.


(And yeah, I was wearing my plaid flannel shirt in honor of lumberjacks.)


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1. There are actually several ways to hold the saw. Between the knees like I did is the most common, but I also saw people who played the saw standing while holding it between the knees, people who held it with their feet, and people who put it under their chin like a violin.


2. Holding the saw between your knees is a tough workout for your inner thighs.


3. I managed not to cut myself but I did get a blister on my ring finger from the bow.


4. The first saw I was using belongs to my husband, who collects antique tools. It's close to 100 years old.


5. You use a lot more rosin on the bow than you do when playing a string instrument.


6. As cool as the saw sounds recorded, it sounds even cooler in person. There are a lot of subtle harmonics coming from the saw that don't get captured in a recording. And as the person playing it, you can actually hear (and feel) the exact place in the metal that is making the sound. It travels up and down the saw ... the "sweet spot" that I mentioned is where the sound comes from.


7. While you can play regular carpenter's saws like I did, that you can buy in a hardware store, there are actual saws that are manufactured strictly for making music. They have the benefit of not having sharp teeth, and are often longer than 26 inches to give a greater range or a lower range. The size saw I was using is considered a "tenor" saw. There are also "baritone" and "bass" saws.


8. Although I am using a violin bow, you can see that I'm holding it more in a cello or bass position. Some people do use cello or bass bows for the longer draw, but violin bows seem to be the most popular, probably because they are cheaper and easier to find.


9. The new saw I bought cost $27. Not a bad investment. No, I'm not going to be using it to cut wood.


10. For the audio files I submitted to the collab, I placed the mic behind me and kind of over my shoulder. I did this to try to minimize the scraping sounds from the bow, which you can hear quite clearly in the video, especially when I miss the sweet spot.


 


I downsized this video to 960x540 to make it small enough to upload but I have full HD original footage if anyone wants to remix it ...

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This is a few seconds long for the bumper but I wanted to get all of Metaphorest's phrase in it.


Edited in iMovie and Photoshop.

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My first try at cutting video for an interstitial. It could maybe use a background track?


Thanks to everyone whose testimonials I used!

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Teaching myself some Flash. Would love if someone could add sound to this.

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just playing around and being silly; learning new stuff


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Time lapse footage taken from a Los Angeles freeway overpass at sunset, from dusk to dark. Also includes a Metro train station and trains. 720p

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On our last road trip (from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon), we rode the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ to the Canyon. It was monsoon season and I got some killer shots of clouds and storms. I love this one. I rented a wide-angle lens for the trip and wouldn't have been able to get this shot without it. The shot is a bit rough because I was shooting through the window of the train, but that kind of adds to the charm.

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I know that we are supposed to upload the vocals without the beat, but I edited it with the beat first to make sure everything was synced, and I think it sounds better as a first listen with the beat. I will post another copy without the beat, for the remix.


Hope you like it. I had a lot of fun, but my video editing skills are not the best.


OH CRAP. I just realized that I sang the hook slightly wrong, every time. I went down at the end of the "chain gang" when I should have gone up, and vice versa the next time. Oops. Hope that isn't a big problem.

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