I decided to narrow it down to one topic: climbing. Having multiple outdoor activities dilutes the impact of the video and I could make a better video with narrowing my focus. I tried to make the video go with the music and it has really dramatic beat drops, and I like how I kept black spaces and then brought something into frame with a dramatic beat drop. I tried to include wide frames of climbing, up close frames of hand shots, and face shots, and upclose and wide shots of my face to capture some depth. I also tried to build a story. Our bouldering wall on campus is closing and I also wanted to incorporate my climber testimony into it. I started the story grabbing my shoes from under my desk at work, down the hall, and then attempting the route a few times before sending it, and then the celebration of sending the route. I tried to include dark shots and shots with a lot of light to capture different moods. I used transitions for different impacts. Like going into hand shots I used the black side to create more of a dramatic effect and then used cross fade for frames that sort of built into each other, to create better flow. I used the white fade in the beginning to make it sort of like light from the wall spilling into my sight. I had to use the rate stretch tool to speed up the shot that pans the wall, like I’m looking around the room. And used it to slow down some moves on the wall to make some really short shots have more of an impact. I also edited the transitions to be longer so the frames blended together better, rather than a simple short transition. I also went to 10% frame a lot to drag the borders of the shot and create the black border for some shots. I then took my audio for my climber testimony and added the pieces where I think they fit the best and had the greatest impact.
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