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Park Mind

A few days ago, Lyn and I decided to have a little competition. She had recently finished a track and wanted to make a video to go with it. It's a rather slow, chilled out piece, and L thought shots of woodland, forrest and sunlight streaming through trees would suit it. Matt B and I therefore went to get some footage in Maryon Park, and came back with quite a bit of nice material.

We then decided to have a bit of fun. I think it was Matt's idea, initially: he suggested Lyn and I both take the same footage and the same piece of music, and see who could edit together the best video. At first, I wasn't very keen on the idea - it would mean me actually having to do something, but when I saw Lyn starting to make an effort, I thought I better get my finger out and put something together.

That, then, is what I did yesterday afternoon. Both videos are now finished, and I think the results are quite fascinating. Even though they are based on the same piece of music and used the same source material, we have created two very different films. Mine can be found here, and Lyn's here. I think the contrast is quite clear: lyn has taken what could be called a smoother approach, using transitions between shots so that one flows nicely into the other. When I saw Lyn was doing this though, I decided to go in the other direction: my cuts are therefore quite abrupt and noticeable, with small gaps between shots. I wanted the images to act as a kind of counterpoint to the music, reusing images and mixing everything up, where in Lyn's the visuals would be complementary to the audio.

We watched both films late yesterday afternoon. I fully expected Lyn's to be far better than mine - she had spent far more time on hers, for one. To my surprise, though, they both stood up quite well. They are different, but I think they complement each other. As to who's was better, we couldn't decide, so noone 'won' the competition. However, I invite anyone reading this to watch both and decide.

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