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To prove the point I made in a previous post about how new digital tools make it easier than ever to quickly produce evocative movies that can be easily shared, I'm video-blogging my vacation. I put this two-minute clip together with my laptop on the airplane returning from Montana. I used a pocket Sony Cybershot 6.0 mexapixil camera, Windows Moviemaker, and inserted the theme music from the 1960s Western, "Bonanza."Here's a clip from our visit to Yellowstone National Park, illustrating tourists' obsession and fascination with a certain furry, but dangerous animal:
To demonstrate just how easy video-editing can now be, my 10-year-old son Alex helped edit this (admittedly amateurish) clip on the Cody, Wyoming rodeo, with an excerpt from the goofy music, "Cotton-Eyed Joe."
OK, when looking at the blurry camera angles, remember that the camera is cheap and fits in your pocket, and this was a spontaneous moment. With the proliferation of online video, and the huge popularity of YouTube.com, we're seeing a blurring of the lines between amateur and professionall quality video. Sometimes, blurry imagery and shaky camera angles from average people are considered to be more "authentic" than too-slick, canned, predictable, corporate and mainstream media videos. An amateur video by a vacationer, for example, may be more compelling than a professional marketing video.Here's our amateur video on the Blackfoot Indian Village.
And here's a brief clip on our whitewater rafting adventure.
Maybe Alex will share these videos with his fifth-grade classmates as a new way of producing the usually obligatory report, "What I Did On My Summer Vacation."
Not to get carried away with "the cult of the amateur," there's still a lot to be said for professionally-produced videos that place a premium on professsional-quality equipment, good lighting, good angles, and message development.