I love love LOVE this beautiful writing by Phenomenaaa. I wanted to make something with this so badly; and I asked aszarkowski if she would do a voice over for me.
I was blown away! She's got such an amazing subtly to her reading that it just inspired me even more.
Of course, as soon as I heard 'Clementine' by Valerie D, everything just started to come together seemingly on its own.
This was an absolute joy to make, with thanks to these wonderfully talented ladies.
Special, mad, crazy props to Pamagotchi and DeadKiriyama for agreeing to go for a dip in the sea...
I thought it would be nice to draw attention to some things that I love, that I sometimes take for granted. So, this is the first in, what I hope will become, a series of 'In praise of...' videos.
More to come... :)
First of all, a confession: I haven’t watched any of the OWS remixes. My apologies to RyanPatrick, Redheadedmonster and others who have done, what I imagine to be, great remixes so far. I haven’t watched them because, while I think that seeing other remixes can be a great way to take what others have done and be inspired by them, I felt very strongly, in this case especially, that I needed to find my own voice within all of this footage. I wanted to find out what I thought.
This was very much a labour of love for me. One of the things that makes this subject and all of this amazing footage so difficult to remix is that you can’t skim through it. There’s no hunting-and-pecking for the shots that you want. You have to watch. And listen.
Another thing that makes it difficult in this case is that the footage belongs to someone else. It would have been entirely different if I had been the one there filming it; I’d have my memory to fall back on and say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that someone said something that might be useful here…’. Instead, it’s more of a ‘shared’ memory. In order for me to have a memory of it, I had to relive it.
My goal with this video was to start out slowly and let it build and build until it nearly overheats. Wirrow’s music is absolutely perfect for this; that boy does know how to build up suspense and tension and excitement in his music. However, because I think that the voice overs and descriptions are important, I want to save anyone the trouble of having to recreate it, so I’m going to upload a version without Wirrow’s beautiful music in the background.
Anyway, I’ve rambled enough. Thanks for reading (and watching).
A while ago, I edited a video for the vinyl collab, and lovely Mattconley gave me a lot of really great feedback, which i found indispensable.
Finally, I had enough time to devote to having a second whack at it, incorporating more voices, more footage, more testimonials; plus jeffpeff uploaded that amazing footage of the making of the RECollection vinyl and I just couldn't resist using it.
Hope you enjoy it!