What was the inspiration for this video, and what made you choose Jay-z’s “Brooklyn We Go Hard.” (Such a brilliant song!)
I’d watched The Winter Soldier and I was completely drowning in feels when I made my first video with Steve and Bucky, Never gonna be the same. But I felt like I needed to make something else. I had this impulse like, “I need to make more videos for them, one is not enough.” Some badass action stuff will be nice, I thought.
And I remembered this video – Sleepy Skunk’s 2013 Movie Trailer Mashup, which was completely amazing and very emotional. It had “Brooklyn We Go Hard,” as a background song for the first part of the video. And that was it, the song matched perfectly with the idea, and it inspired me to make the video as quickly as possible.
What about the Steve/Bucky dynamic inspired you to make your first video?
Oh I knew that I was gonna drown in feels about them the moment I saw the trailer! It’s one of the themes I love the most – characters who were friends once, now are enemies. And since in the first Avengers my favourite character was Steve, I was excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to come out. And the movie was much better than I expected! Seriously there’s so much angst in the Steve/Bucky dynamic!
Sebastian Stan did a great job at playing the ruthless killing machine who then turns out to be a broken brainwashed man. You look into his sad eyes when he’s remembering Steve, but doesn’t understand why he knows him – and your heart literally aches for him. The whole final fight between them, where Steve throws his shield away and refuses to fight his friend. Something he had never done before… Holy hell. Right. In. The. Feels.
Probably that’s why my first video about them was really angsty.
I love your use of dialogue in your videos, both how you use it to punctuate the beats in the music, and how you create new dialogue. The timing is just brilliant. I mean even the way you paused the line, “Son, just don’t,” with the music for really cool dramatic effect at 1:01. As you can see, I nerd out at the tiniest of details! 🙂 How do you make the dialogue choices?
I usually try to include things and elements into my videos that I enjoy in fanvids or mashups by other vidders, not just dialogue but also other techniques.
Personally for me it is one of the most (if not THE most) hardest part of making fanvideos – trying to add the dialogue so it will feel on point. For example the absolute goddess of fanviding Pteryx does it outrageously good!!! Dialogue is also incorporated pretty smoothly in the trailer mashup that I mentioned before.
So all of this high quality stuff is really inspirational! And also the dialogue can become one of the most memorable things about a fanvideo if they’ve been incorporated nicely by the vidder.
So as I said it is really not easy to choose what dialogue to use, because you need to consider a lot of stuff while doing it. For example, the dialogue you choose not only has to have some meaning, it also should have clear sound and fitting emphasis, so it will match the rhythm of the music and the video in general.
How has the response been for your videos? Do people comment or contact you?
Oh the feedback is always the greatest thing! And it doesn’t matter if there are many comments or not, every time when someone leaves a comment on my video – it makes me so happy! And it’s actually a huge inspiration too.
This was the first video of yours that I saw. I was so blown away by the editing, how the movements are perfectly timed to the music and how they flow into each other. It’s almost like this continuous dance. I’m going to totally geek out for a moment, but there’s this one shot where Eggsy is rotating as he escapes on the rooftop and his turn flows right into punching the glass as if it’s a continuation of the movement. There’s so much of that fluidity in your editing. How do you choose your clips? Do you choose for the flow?
Ohhhhhh, I’m actually really proud of myself about this video! This is what you get when you have an amazing source video with pitch perfect action and fighting scenes and an amazing song with such a neat beat and gorgeous rhythm! It makes the pieces of puzzle really easy to match!
When I have the source video opened in the editing program, I can visually observe the fighting and action scenes – they have notable peaks on the audio track. So it makes it really easy to choose and match them with the rhythm. I also try to choose those clips which have distinctive inner dynamic that would match the flow of the song. I guess that’s how the effect of the “dance” appears in the video!
But as I said it’s easy to be done if the source video has nicely choreographed fights, if you have a movie with lots of dialogue and not much action – this technique probably wouldn’t work so well.
Since you started creating videos do pay attention more to how movies and shows are edited? Do you ever get style or technique ideas from movies or TV shows?
Surprisingly, but no, I don’t actually pay much attention to the way movies and TV shows are edited. I just appreciate the picture in general, the way it has been shot, the colours it has, etc. But what I’m really paying attention to is the soundtrack. That’s a huge and very important part of movies and TV shows for me. Sometimes a good scene can easily be improved to the level of “A+ amazing” with good background music and sometimes a nice scene can be totally ruined by poor choice of music!
Concerning styles and techniques – no, I don’t think I’m picking any ideas from movies/TV shows… Although sometimes I pick up ideas from opening sequences of TV shows.
Which TV show openings do you like?
I really love the By Any Means opening credits. They inspired me to make fan-made opening credits to a non-existent TV series about Wrench & Numbers from Fargo (it looks kinda pathetic compared to the original opening though. 🙂 )
I noticed that the edit of “Railroad Track” is shorter than the original track, as well as “Brooklyn We Go Hard”. Do you usually edit the songs you use as well?
Since I love short fanvids, I prefer to make my fanvids short too. It helps to make them more “packed” with action stuff or interesting effects, so the viewers won’t get bored. Well, that and the shorter the music is – the faster you’ll make the video.
That’s why I always have to edit songs for my vids so they wouldn’t be longer than two minutes. The process of editing the song is actually as interesting as editing the video itself – trying to match different parts of the song, so the rhythm doesn’t become messed up.
Although I must admit sometimes I love really long fanvids, but it’s seems so complicated to me – to make such fanvids. One has to be really persistent to make long and good fanvids. Personally I lack the discipline for this.