Music video editing tips from Tony Kearns at DubWeb Festival

During the DubWeb Festival (now called the London Short Series), I attended two talks by:

  • a panel of filmmakers and distributors on the crowdfunding topic
  • Tony Kearns on the music video editing topic.

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.

Tony Kearns, video editor

Photo Credits: Renate Canga – Website: http://www.rens-lens.com/ 

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:

  1. create a video striking an emotional response by telling a story
  2. fix and stitch things together while editing a track
  3. follow the music patterns, especially the drum base
  4. compose visual samples that may be repeated throughout the song
  5. work with quick cuts throughout the track
  6. integrate different elements into videos to make them sounds like a music soundtrack, i.e visuals, sounds, dialogues and movements
  7. 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).

Here are more examples of video editing works.

If you would like to collaborate with Tony Kearns on a project, visit his website.

 

 

Sankofa Soul TV Contest – Live Semi-final 2 (Paris 2016)

Sankofa Soul TV Contest

I had booked my tickets for the Sankofa Soul TV Contest in advance. I had initially found the event advertised on Facebook.

TICKET OPTIONS

There were offering two options:

  1. dinner + live performances (25  Euros)
  2. live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros).

I took the first option and didn’t regret it. The ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST FINALS

For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France.

There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euro.

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SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST RECORDINGS

Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners?

They are Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel.

For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

City of Men soundtrack showcases the Brazilian music diversity

For those who haven’t watched the City of Men series and film (called Cidade dos Homens in Brazilian), I highly recommend you to do so. The story follows two characters from early teenage hood to adulthood and can be purchased on ebay or amazon.

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Here, I will only discuss with you today about the music aspects of these series and film, as the soundtracks are well worth a mention!

The  composer of the film (Acerola and Laranjinha as young adults) is Antonio Pinto, who mixed many genres such as rap, funk, jazz, blues, samba…If you would like to read a little more about him and/or listen to some of his tracks, check the following links:

http://shakefire.com/review/antonio-pinto-city-of-men-soundtrack

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7582790&style=classical&fulldesc=T

Other composers have worked for the City of Men series (Acerola and Laranjinha as teenagers).

City of Men picture

You can check out tracks from this youtube mix:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN0xVXX4GT8&list=PL77E6AC9E3C04FA2A

And if you would like to know more about Brazilian music as well about City of Men series and film, check these links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Brazil

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Men