Tony Kearns is a freelance video editor based in Dublin (Ireland), who works for local and international production companies and projects around music video editing. He also edits videos for commercials, films and documentaries.
He talked about the challenges of video editing projects and how to make the videos appealing to the viewers. He mainly highlighted few video editing techniques to follow to make music videos more captivating.
First of all, as regards to the music video editing projects themselves, there is never enough time and money to make the best videos. So when working on such projects, it is best to keep this into consideration and be open to different projects.
Furthermore, when you receive a script for a video editing project from the production company directors, it is generally very vague. So, to resolve this issue, what you should start with is listening to the track, and see what will work with that sound and how to make both sound and visual sync.
Then, you must focus on keeping the audience hooked throughout the whole video so that they don’t stop watching it after a minute or so.
For that purpose, you may:
create a video striking an emotional response by telling a story
fix and stitch things together while editing a track
follow the music patterns, especially the drum base
compose visual samples that may be repeated throughout the song
work with quick cuts throughout the track
integrate different elements into videos to make them sounds like a music soundtrack, i.e visuals, sounds, dialogues and movements
Use different devices for filming, i.e smartphone, video recorder…and make them all part of the same track.
Tony provided us with some good examples of videos showcasing different filming and sound elements.
Examples of quick cuts or cut through:
‘Restless’ by Louis Berry, directed by Finn Keenan (folk/pop music)
‘Know About Me’ by Ryan De La Cruz (hip-hop)
Examples of visual samples repeated throughout the track:
‘Die Antwoord’ by Fatty Boom Boom (afro-punk)
‘Are You Trending’ by Vessels (electro)
Example of integration of different sound and visual elements to make it sound like a soundtrack:
‘Cut The World’ by Antony and the Johnsons (ballad).
This year, we got a little unlucky for the Bluefire Street Festival because it was ☔ the whole day. So, fair play to festival organisers, volunteers, festival-goers and street performers who put up with the rain!👏On the main stage, there were a little luckier as they were sheltered from the rain.
However, this didn’t prevent us from attending it and it was enjoyable despite the bad weather conditions.
I have taken pictures of the programme from this year’s festival as well as street art murals, circus performers on stilts, a stage music performance (Ronix), a youth talk from the Girl Crew and the welcome tent. Take a look at this slideshow to view the pictures. If you’d like to find out more information about the performers at BlueFire Street Festival, take a look at their website.
I have also filmed this new school hip-hop street dance performer that replaced Sam Gabriel. If you’d like to follow Des Ebelle on Facebook as well, check his page here.
Finally, I spent most of my time watching the Venezuelan singer Ronix featuring Allegro andante band on the main stage playing Latin fusion sounds like merengue, bachata… Their infectious latino rhythms kept us on our feet!
If you have taken more pictures or videos, share their links with us in the comment box below!
If you would like to watch the festival for the 2015 year edition, check my other blog post. That year the organisers got luckier with the weather, so more people attended the event. I was also able to take more pictures and film more performances. So, enjoy!
Before heading off for a few days in Brussels, Belgium, I did a bit of research about what was on during my stay. I fell upon the following PDF article from Bozar and visit.Brussels about a Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition and Festival 2017.
That article teased my curiosity and 👀 I decided to check Bozar’s websitefurther. When you visit their homepage, you will be given the option to select between French (FR), English (EN) or Dutch (NL) languages before landing on the programme page.
If you are interested in Hip Hop history from the very beginnings in the USA to its export and expansion in Belgium, you’ll be enjoying this post!
The hip-hop festival organisers enabled online booking. Online ticket bookings entitled you to:
a free coffee upon order of a pastry
a free glass of wine or a meal.
However, if you were not around for that period of time, don’t worry, I will take you through the exhibition by sharing with you few pictures and videos. 😉 (I can’t talk about the other programmed events, though).
DANCE VIDEO TUTORIALS
When I entered the Centre for Fine Arts, there was a screen showing a b-boy doing few moves. It was also providing visitors with dance tutorials on basic b-boying steps. Take a look at some of the video snippets filmed with Snapchat!
After that, I walked up the stairs to enter the exhibition area, which was a mix of audio, visuals, and videos explaining the hip-hop movement history. There was a big screen displaying a film of all world b-boying dance competitions.
HIP-HOP IN ALL ITS FORMS: MUSIC, ARTS AND DANCE
Then, the exhibition went through the hip-hop evolution in all its forms, i.e music, arts and dance.
Again, the exhibition was in French, Dutch, and English. Please note however that for some of the pieces, I couldn’t get the whole translated text in pictures.
Remember that you can pause each picture in the slideshow to read the information. You will find 2 short videos below this slideshow showcasing:
At the very end of the exhibition, they had a 360 degrees screen showing different clips simultaneously.
I have recorded few bits of the main ones:
I hope you learnt a few things about the hip-hop evolution.
Any of you want to volunteer to translate into English the few pieces that do not have a translation?
As usual, I’m having fun discovering new artists and I came across Honore‘s music on Instagram. Honore’ is currently releasing a new single called #3LW, as well as looking for collaborations to advance his music career further.
Honore (pronounced honour-ray) is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California.🌹
Hailing from ethnic descents of Creole (African American & French), and Filipino, Honore’ reflects the same diversity in his universal style.
Honore has performed throughout the US and Asia.
His favourite performing credits include opening for the Pussycat Dolls at The Araneta Coliseum Manila.
He has also sung with many artists such as:
Harvey Mason and Friends,
He has notably done a duet with Patrice Rushen for the opening for Vina Morales/Eric Santos at the San Diego Symphony Hall.
Honore is a singer who puts on a great show. Whether he’s performing on stage solo or live with his band or moving fans with dance choreography, or writing and producing songs, his originality and professionalism completely separate him from other artists. 💣
Honore’s influences are Prince, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake.
He stated: “I want to speak to the world through my music, spread love and inspire minds.”
ABOUT HIS NEW RELEASE SINGLE #3LW
Honoré’s latest single, #3LW is a statement that true love never dies.
#3LW Rn’b single written in collaboration with Jasmine Ejan was recorded in the studio by superstar producer Mike Cee. You can download the song on Itunes for only $0.99!
Never underestimate the power of #3LW: 3 Little Words: I Love You.
Honoré gives a respectful nod to classic 90’s R&B music. It was a time when songs had a deeper meaning. True love was at the centre of every harmony and lyric.
The official music video released on 4th July 2017, directed by Bobby Torres has an amazing storyline.
It displays the ultimate sacrifice of love and all the ups and downs of being in a relationship. It will move your heart. You will find yourself singing every line until you reach the emotional twist at the end. Check it out!
#3LW features the talents of Jasmine Ejan and Gino Calantoni.
Honoré continues to stay relevant and popular among his thousands of fans and followers by working harder than ever between performing and recording.
He’s currently recording his much-anticipated, third solo album “SuperFantastik” with superstar producers Mike Cee, Elev8t, and RJ Fullrange.
Honore’ also released last year a single called ‘Good Times’, which you can download at this Itunes link:
First, let me tell you a little bit about the film soundtrack.
The selected soundtrack playlist comes from a Berlin-based band called ‘Fewjar‘ playing in multiple genres such as Electro, the 80s, Rock, Progressive, Psychedelic, Crossover, Triphop.
You can follow them on their various social accounts by checking the links in their Youtube description below their videos.
Now, sit back, relax, be patient and wait a minute for the first song to kick off fully!
Fewjar band regularly organises on Youtube live room sessions, where they play for you their songs live in their studio as well as occasionally bring guests to their recording sessions.
They can also play songs upon request if you notify them sufficiently in advance by commenting under their Youtube live videos.
Here are few samples of their live studio sessions, in which they connect with their audience.
What do you think about their music?
If you liked it, download their songs from Itunes, Amazon or Bandcamp! 👍😉
Now, as you may have guessed, the film is also in German. But don’t worry because it is subtitled in English. Feeling relieved?😌 It’s a very well done psychological thriller. Although it’s not my film genre, I truly enjoyed it and hope you will, too!
If you liked it, support the film project!
Zeo, the filmmaker, has set up a crowdfunding page for all his film projects and is raising funds for them on a monthly basis:https://www.patreon.com/Zeo
You can give as little as $1 per month so you won’t be too much out of pocket!💰
You can also follow Zeo on different social media accounts that are displayed on his Patreon project page.
Podcasts are episodic series of digital audio files which users can subscribe to much like you subscribe to blogs. In fact, often podcasts are distributed through a blog.
You can either:
instruct your reader to download new podcasts whenever they become available
or manually choose which podcasts you want to download by clicking a link to the audio file.
These files can then be listened to on your computer. Alternatively, you can transfer them to your portable player (iPod, smartphone or iPhone) to listen to later.
Why should musicians podcast?
The music industry is getting tougher. Music CDs don’t sell as much as they used to or won’t sell without some prior promotion. Musicians may struggle not only to promote their music but also to make profits from it. Of course, one of the ways to generate revenue is to organise concert tours.
But how can musicians spread the word about their music?
You’ll all heard that online promoting is a great way to reach your audience. But how can you make them want to listen to you more or buy from you? Where can you start?
In our digital area, it’s not only important to share your music on your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube) but also to get people to pay for your music.
Don’t overdo with putting all your videos or soundtracks on Youtube or Soundcloud! Indeed, short teasers should be enough to attract your audience!
Instead, what about investing time into podcasting? But how can you generate both interest and revenue from it?
Here are few ways you can do so as an independent artist: