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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Saturday (12/7/13) 5:40pm - ... wherein Peter makes a video for a troupe.

This past Friday, Confidence Men did their 100th show.  They asked me to come up with a video intro for them.  I briefly entertained doing a Saul-Bass sort of thing, and then Jeff explained that it would be kind of a slideshow -- he gave me a set of photos to use, and some copy to accompany it, with spaces in between the phrases where photos should display.  I eventually tweaked the copy a bit, and included a bunch of extra photos that weren't in the original set, but what you see is basically what Jeff had in mind.  (But I did my best to make it a Saul-Bass sort of thing anyway.)

Oh -- since people have asked: I cut it together using Final Cut Pro X.  No After Effects.  No Motion.  No mucking with the photos in Photoshop.  Everything's in FCP X.  Earlier drafts of the intro are here and here.

Here's a link to the video.  I figured I'd post some notes about what was going through my head as I put it together -- think of it as a DVD commentary, only for a four-minute slideshow, and in text form.

All in all, I was really happy with how it turned out.  I especially like that how it's hard to consciously realize that this is just a slideshow -- it's just text alternating with photos.  Having really good copy from Jeff helped immensely, and at the risk of immodesty, I think I did great work with the toolset I had -- text style and placement, brief flourishes of animation, simple photo editing, and (above all) *timing* -- to create something much more engaging and meaningful than a run-of-the-mill photo screensaver.

Mood: [mood icon] accomplished · Music: none
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