[video & sound week 7] How To Fly A Kite (final video)

Aaron, Melody and I had a great time filming and editing our little video about flying a kite. We went to Prospect Park on a lovely beginning-of-fall day a couple weeks ago with a camera, tripod, kite, and a heavy dose of optimism about wind conditions.

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We set up the camera, and then decided that the two “characters” from our storyboard should be consistent throughout. It ended up being me as the main kite flyer, Aaron as the kite thrower, and Melody as the main person behind the camera.  IMG_0397

The park wasn’t too crowded and it was a beautiful day, so filming conditions were pretty good. We found that it wasn’t too hard to get the kite in the air, but the wind wasn’t strong enough to keep it up for more than a couple minutes. For our movie-making purposes, however, this was fine.

One of the challenges was that as the kite flyer, I generally had to run around to keep the kite up, which made it difficult for Melody to capture all the action in a smooth way on film. In order to get shots of the kite from below, Melody had to run around the park with me, all while craning her head and the camera up to get the footage.

After a successful afternoon of shooting, we rewarded ourselves with some ice cream floats.

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When it came time to edit, we structured the video as we originally envisioned it: in three main steps, from set-up, to getting the kite in the air, to keeping the kite in the air. We figured we would add either voice over or more titles to explain some of the in between steps, like testing the wind, or throwing the kite.

After getting feedback on our rough cut, we decided that the video didn’t really need any text-based instruction because visually, the steps were pretty straightforward. We found two tracks we liked from freemusicarchive.org by the artist Podington Bear that matched well with the kind of cute and lighthearted feeling we were going for.

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Matching the cuts to the beats brought it all together.

Overall, I found it to be a really helpful experience to make a video from start to finish. Watch it above!

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