Click! Ever since someone out there suggested adding a camera feature to phones, I found myself clicking, recording, instagraming almost everything that my eyes considered remotely interesting. A weird cloud formation, a cat sleeping by the sidewalk or a stranger checking his phone, be sure to hear a 'click' from my camera so I can save it to watch for later. I know this isn't anything new, I know that most of us do it. What's a memory if it can't be shared? I won't just stop at pictures, I'll want videos as well, hoping that one of them becomes a YouTube sensation, gathering millions of likes from around the world.
Our eyes are our own camera, recording every moment as the reel in our head plays on endlessly. I take it upon myself to capture the right moments on the physical camera for that re-assurance that it actually happened. Or maybe I'm just too lazy to remember. With over thousands of snaps and videos stored on my laptop, the cloud, my phone, i began to feel restless. I found myself in a room of realization, that I'm probably going to die taking this collection with me, and no one will ever know about those amazing moments I captured. There HAD to be an answer to addressing this. Looking at the media on my phone, I found a pattern of all the things I've been doing over the past year. Almost every picture had either of the following:
1) A happy group showing off their Colgate white smiles
2) Someone holding a glass of beer or wine in hand, showing an intense pout to the camera,
3) Random pictures of my own family: me, my wife and my dog
4) Offbeat pictures of food, things, places- I instagram the shit.
Wait... that's it?? All those thousand pictures can be categorized into one of these groups?
So much for my 'spectacular collection'. I wonder who'd want to watch all this even if they had access to these folders. All those tiny shreds of videos that were scattered memories, needed a stream to flow into. Why not use them as part of a better, bigger story for others to watch? Just a few seconds from each video were entertaining enough, so let's only use those. Don't get me wrong, watching pictures and videos in singularity have a separate charm, but this is a fast unforgiving world we live in. Gone are the days of sitting by your grandma flipping through those laminated glossy pictures. So I thought this through and picked up a topic I wanted to cover: Our recent Bali trip.
With over 450 pictures, and 70 videos, I transferred all of them to the iPad. There's an app called iMovie that seamlessly allows you to select, cut, paste and trim videos with zero lag. You can also insert your favorite pictures into your movie. Now from those seventy odd videos, only a few seconds of each of them were entertaining.. iMovie lets you select all the portions of the videos that you want to add by simply dragging your finger along the interesting bit. Cut, paste and you're done! Once the movie's made, a very integral cherry on the topping is the background score to keep your audience engaged while they're watching. Not just a random score, but something that sets the underlying tone of the movie and keeps a tempo suitable to the content.
In my Bali video, the song i chose was something that I heard in Bali and NO one, not even Shazam could help me find the name to that song. All i had was that few seconds in a video that played the song while we were getting off the boat. After six long months of hopelessly whistling the tune, i tried my luck again by connecting my speakers to the phone, and played the video again, volume in full blast, Shazaming it, only this time- the name popped right up!
You can imagine my excitement after I found the glue that would now hold the movie together.
Enough rambling by me, I hope the video speaks more while you're watching :)
Do let me know if you liked it? I'll be glad to help out if you like what you saw and want one for yourself too :)