"The Most Dangerous
Game" has a site dedicated all to itself. It is my
latest and largest film production to date. This is a project
I worked on with friend and co-director Michael
Denis for 5 months. The website has most everything you
could want to know about the production. The entire film (35
minutes) is available for online viewing as are many behind
the scenes videos.
go to The Most Dangerous
purpose of Assignment One
(Monday Morning) was to demonstrate an understanding of the
various shots and angles used in video tape production.
I am very happy with the outcome of this project, it was my first
experience video taping as well as editing in Adobe Premiere.
The final product was well worth the learning curve. A big thanks
goes to Mike
Denis for starring in the video.
An interesting side note is about the music. The piece is
set to Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King. As I got towards
the middle of editing, I realized that Grieg's
dramatic climax of the piece came much too early. With a little
careful modification in CoolEdit
2000 I extended the song by about 35 seconds, so in the
audio track is indeed not as Grieg composed it. Listen carefully
for where the edit was made.
second project was created
for the Winter 2000 Oyster River High School Sports Awards.
Specifically the video features clips from the Boy's Track Team.
Editing was much more complicated in this project. The reason
is that I did not shoot the footage, and had very little to
work with. To create this 3 minute video I had approximately
9 minutes of raw un-edited footage. This can be compared to
the 45 minutes raw of footage that I taped for the first assignment.
This video was shown to approximately 60 people at the Sports
stream assignment two
third assignment (Pool On
Garden Lane) had a purpose of demonstrating motion in video.
This one is my personal favorite. It is the most free-flowing
creative piece. There is a loose plot to the actions, but for
the main part the assignment is shot and edited to be interesting
and visually pleasing.
Audio credits for this one go to Trio's Da Da Da. Shouts go
out to Mike
Denis and Josh Nygren for the lead roles and to Mr. Perry
for letting me borrow a physics video.. hmmm pizza. Curios?
Pool On Garden Lane
came another Sports Awards assignment. This
one for the tennis team was shown to a crowd of parents
and students at the Spring 2000 Oyster River High School Awards.
Unlike my first awards assignment I shot all of the video that
was used in this project.
Though some questioned my musical choice of Russian pop-folk
I think it fits the piece very well. Strangely or not I feel
happy each time I see the video. Lube rocks.
Like the previous project, the piece is very free flowing.
I had a great time syncing the video to audio. Watch for careful
audio/video timings. I have lots more Lube for those
that want it. I'm thinking it would be great to make another
video with more of the band's uplifting songs.
stream assignment 4.
Holmes and The Speckled Band was the final and largest project
I created for video tape production class. It also served as
an English Literature final exam for the movie's three actors.
This project is quite possibly the most meaningful thing that
I have done in high school.
I worked long nights with Mike
during finals week to finish editing and producing the piece.
It was something I did for my own interest, we enjoyed the work.
It was a challenge, and we were pressed for time.
knowledge of the Speckled Band story will help when watching
the video. Mike has a page with his
comments as well as observations.
The mini-movie features Mike Denis, Matt Shump, and (only one)
Emelia Parker. Kudos to everyone for pulling this thing together,
it will remain as one of my fondest memories of the infamous
Oyster River High School.
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production has turned into a very fun hobby. I hope that I will
be able to continue making films. In the short term I need to
get myself a digital video camera and some hard drive space :)
But really its about the inspiration. Having friends work with
you is of course a lot of fun as well. Mike and I have established
a great working relationship. There are ideas for a new movie
in the works, watch this space. In the meantime on my own I am
thinking about making some "artsy" expressionistic pieces
without overwhelming plot, akin to assignment
3. I will update this page with any new developments. In the
mean time please email me
with what you think about my projects. All comments and criticisms