The Garden Fight

Here’s a video found through a trail of youtube-to-vimeo click throughs. It’s actually made by my friend’s older brother who is soon to be graduating with a degree in Film and Television studies – I think it’s pretty self evident that he is skilled when it comes to editing and creating videos.
I love the way he has done this, and especially that he has made a great, interesting video just using classic (HD) family hand-cams. It was low budget yet it looks great, his skills in post-production really bring the piece together. The use of the colour filters and black and white filter makes this work aesthetically pleasing and there are some great cutaways in there breaking up the fast pace of the fight.
Whilst you can often see other ‘cameramen’ in the long shots I don’t believe this detracts from the piece, after all, it is called The Garden Fight. Zac has also deliberately placed in a few close-ups of cameramen, forcing the audience to acknowledge the ‘home video’ nature of this production. Even the grain present in the footage shot later at night adds to that Indy, homemade feel that is popular in music videos today. I like the way he has just filmed an event and then put together a video rather then having to do multiple takes (although he kind of has by using more then one camera).
The thing that impresses me most is that Zac made this video for fun! I think that not needing to produce work for a grade or for money made the overall result better. It is obvious that a great deal of time was spent editing the piece – taking footage from the two cameras, making adjustments to the colour and mixing the music but the final product is fun and engaging to watch.

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