The first time that I saw snow, I thought that the stars were among us. I thought that the Milky Way had poured down to Earth, scattering hundreds of thousands of its glimmering stars across the land, each a diamond fragment that glittered as it caught the lamplight.I pressed myself against the window, my breath catching in my excitement. With my finger I drew a hundred stars on the cold glass. I felt I was a part of something huge. A purveyor of the universe.
I can’t remember falling asleep that night, for the line between my dreams of stars and my reality of snow was blurred into one, but I awoke the next morning to see that everything was white. I ran outside in my scarf and my gloves and I hurtled into the powdery snow, which I thought was stardust, and I smiled a huge smile and I laughed and I laughed. When I closed my eyes, I thought I was dreaming, soaring through the universe. I lay down in the snow, feeling its coldness against my pink cheeks and watching my breath curl like a plume of smoke from my pink lips. I lifted my arms above my head and for the first time in my life, I was flying on Earth amongst the stars, and it felt glorious. I was cosmic. I was magic. I was wonderful.
I feel like this could make a good short film for the RE: Snow collab, as there are some amazing RECords of stars and snow that already exist in the HitRECord universe. A good one in particular would be MattConley's 'Dream Ascension' video, which I have cited below, and contains images of eyes flickering open and shut (waking up/falling asleep), and people soaring through the air, as well as images of stars/the universe. Another would be gblancag's 'Window Stars', also cited.
There was something about SRL73's sketch (in resources) that I really liked (probably the Beetlejuice inspired arms!) so I thought I'd just REmix it & bring it a little to life! <3
illustration for chariot13's tiny story, which i modified a smidge:
"The dancer took the stage, paralyzed by the expectations of the room.
Until the music began. And she danced."
This is a low RES video. I hope the quality is not too bad though
I don’t really remember how this new video started. I think it started when I discovered the ‘When we were kids’ collaboration but I’m not even sure about that. The only thing I know is that few weeks ago came to my mind a video about childhood and the memories we can have from our childhood. Almost instantly, I thought about amferraro’s beautiful song. I diverted this song from its original purpose (for the ‘hevn and urth’ collaboration) because I thought it was a perfect track for this project, it’s the song that made me travel through my memories.
The basic idea of this video is that we are going through the memories of our childhood as if we were leafing through a photo album. I wanted to mix photos and videos together for a while now and I edited them together as if it was a collage made by the owner of the album. It was quite difficult to choose the photos and videos I would use in this video. The result seems unfair because I watched much more records than the ones you can see in the video, and all were great, but I couldn’t use everything if I wanted to follow the rhythm of the music.
I also used some footage from the Public Domain. I wanted to use them only for the score because I couldn’t find enough records on hitRECord (I wanted to add some children’s voices to the music), but I finally used them for the video as well because I found them interesting and striking.
Finally, for all the captions, I tried to respect the original idea of the photo (and the description of the photo by the Hitrecorder) but sometimes I also picked some ideas on other records (like for Stephen’s photo (aka thesherbethead) or Wirrow’s photo) or I imagined a new caption (but still in the vein of the photo). The title of the video comes from a tiny story written by RegularJOE. That’s why, you will find in the resources the records that inspired me all these captions (even if you don’t see literally the records in the video).
And as usual, I hope I didn’t forget to resource any record.
Footage from Public Domain
I've been looking for another remix to do and decided to take RegularJOE's Escargots. I found a lovely reading by gblancag which sets the tone for this piece. Again, I incorporated a lot of public domain footage:
Reactions In Plants and Animals http://www.archive.org/details/reactions_in_plants_and_animals
Journey through a Day (ca. 1967)http://www.archive.org/details/Journeyt1967
Hills and the Sea http://www.archive.org/details/hills_and_the_sea
L'éclipse du soleil en pleine lune (1907) http://www.archive.org/details/L_Eclipse_Du_Soleil_En_Pleine_Lune see also http://hitrecord.org/records/217467
Around the World in New York (ca. 1940s) http://www.archive.org/details/Aroundth1940
Bus Driver, The (1946) http://www.archive.org/details/BusDrive1946
6 1/2 Magic Hours (1958) http://www.archive.org/details/612Magic1958
Monument to the Living: The Episcopal Service (ca. 1940s) http://www.archive.org/details/MonumentToTh
Wonderful World (Part I) http://www.archive.org/details/wonderful_world_1
[Amateur film: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40] (Reel 5) (Part II) (1939) http://www.archive.org/details/Medicusc1939_13
[Amateur film: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40] (Reel 5) (Part III) (1939) http://www.archive.org/details/Medicusc1939_14
Song Birds as Neighbors http://www.archive.org/details/song_birds_as_neighbors
Greenwich Village Sunday (ca. 1960s) http://www.archive.org/details/Greenwic1960
Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902) http://www.archive.org/details/le_voyage_dans_la_lune see also http://hitrecord.org/records/227060