- Process -
For a video
project, I think of a topic and define the parameters. I think of how the final
video will appear or how it will be distributed. These early planning stages
affect the rest of the production of the video/art project.
the project by writing out extensive notes of my first impressions. For a few
days, I keep a journal/sketchpad with me at all times and jot down any notes
that come to me as I brainstorm ideas. I like to use the technique of free association
and writing down the raw data of my unfiltered mind. This was a technique I
learned in a creative writing class I took as an undergraduate at the University
of Texas at El Paso.
of my video process, I compose several storyboards or thumbnail sketches of
things I hope to see. I marry the sketches with the text I have written and
see what interesting juxtapositions I come up with. I refine the most potent
images and text and think about shooting. I try to shoot economically, as I
usually have an idea of what footage I want to capture and use. On occasion,
I will take extra footage or will take extra shots of objects which will help
me formulate new ideas and editing decisions.
Once I have
my footage down, I digitize the video and immediately begin constructing or
editing. As I edit, I like to maintane a loose structure but try to adhere to
the parameters I have defined for the project. If I decide to try a different
approach, I will start up a new "sequence" say in Final Cut Pro, and
re-edit in that editing environment without futzing or changing my main raw
timeline. If I like the changes or the new direction I am taking, I will go
with it and incorporate the new changes into the main timeline.
As I progress,
I can add or delete items I am editing. Because of digital video, I can go out
and reshoot any footage I need to or find necessary to alleviate any blocks
or specific footage I may have misplaced or overlooked. I continuously edit
and "sculpt" my footage to meet the required lengths and specific
look of the piece.
I add the soundtrack or narration that will enhance or reinforce any images
as necessary. If possible, I show the piece to anyone available so as to make
changes for clarity as they are needed. To finish, I export to DVD or compress
to QuickTime so that I may upload it to the net.
- miguel angel tarango 2004
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