Last week i got the idea of making a video of the Peace Garden. The garden i work at twice a week since this years April. I’ve made several posts about different aspects of this garden. The organic, permaculture aspect, the weeds, bad and good, the vegetables, the flowers. And the people of course. I had to get used to all the various people working at the garden.
So this is my last post for two weeks. I like it. Lots.
I love the music. Which i have known since it was released in 1981. Double 12″. Because that gave you more freedom in listening to the songs.
Anyways, i loved them. A couple of years later, when i think i went to my mum, i had bought the Face at the train station. In the train i read this article about a new artist and i sat up straight. Neneh Cherry. From Rip Rig & Panic. Yay! I did buy her album and the 12″ for Buffalo Stance. And her later albums. And she is only around two weeks younger than me.
Enjoy the video. Enjoy the summer! The hopefully warm weather! And if you live on the south side of the planet, enjoy the winter!
Today, Wednesday, i got a new idea for a video. Strange it didn’t come up before. I will make a video in the garden. Already searching for the right music. Not sure how i will do it. People or no people? The garden from a distance, for an overview. The garden up close, the flowers, the insects, butterflies, worms. The plants, the fruits, the vegetables.
I will start this Friday. Looking forward to it.
As a reminder, a repeat of the video’s i made sofar.
Halfway last week i got this idea of filming ads on tv and making something with them. I made two long shots of ad breaks and started to work with them. I enjoyed it. The material is lovely. I also liked the grainy tv images. First i wanted to use a tripod, but later on i simply made shots with the camera in my hand.
Music was a bit hard. First i tried Miss Kittin. But then i thought of this song i really like and from which i have no clue how i got to know it: Motor from Jewelz and Sparks.
To be honest, up until half this day i thought i would publish this clip the end of this week. But i realized it was nearly done.
I did add some images of the movie Independence Day in between. Especially the plane flying into the fire. It is a bit hectic, with the music, the images.
When i watched it coming together i sat there with hands before my mouth and tears in my eyes.
A video made on the stairs build temporarily on the square in front of the Central Station Rotterdam and the Groothandelsgebouw.
Walking up, walking down.
I do post this video earlier than i planned. It might be a bit rough, but i do like it. I know i’m still learning, trying out new things. So i need to get through that i get some flight time as it were.
But, there is also some thinking behind it. Thinking about the stairs as a metaphor for life. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is easy. Sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down, sometimes you stand still, sometimes you repeat yourself.
I hadn’t really noticed the dirt on the stairs while i was climbing. Only when seeing the video did i see that.
I do hope you like it, even though it is a bit shaky and rumbling.
In this video i added clips i filmed the past two months. I didn’t film for a bit after the last video i made five months ago. I had to give myself a bit of time to think about these video’s.
The music in this video is from Idris Muhammed. The music i’ve known ever since i got 1989 Paul’s Boutique from the Beastie Boys. Only a couple of years ago when i found this playlist from a fan with all music sampled on this cd i discovered Idris Muhammed. This particular song Loran’s Dance is wonderful.
Some of the clips, the ones made in the Kralingse Bos, i made this week. The three starting the video are from that walk. I love the sound of the birds. The sounds of the cars not so much, but that is life in a big city. It is still part of the scene. I also love the end scene. I sat in the Heemtuin for a while in front of a swan sleeping in front of me. He woke up and started to wash himself.
I didn’t edit this movie that much. I did hustle all the clips, apart form the beginning and the end. I also added cross dissolve transitions between each clip. I did shorten around half of the clips, but still left them rather long. I enjoy watching these long clips, the wind blowing, the people walking and talking and smiling.
The title! Well, that wasn’t easy. For a couple of days i was trying to find a good title. Yesterday i typed in Life. I liked it. I still do.
Last week i got the idea to make a video clip for one of my a cappella songs. I needed some days to think about it. Then i had some days recording, trying edits in iMovie, playing around with colouring, or making the clip black and white, or blue.
Today i got the final idea. Colour, but a bit drained, a bit cooler. No cuts. I even left in the beginning and the end. It is one recording. Even though i recorded this in the afternoon, the weather is dark, it is windy and it’s raining the whole time. So yes, the clip is dark. But i like that. When i watched the clip on my phone, i thought “this could be it”. And it was. Completely right.
This song, Searching for mr Right, i have always liked.
I’m happy with this clip. I have many more songs recorded, so yes, expect some more! I don’t know yet which song will be next, i have to listen to them and see which one i want to work on. Hopefully next week.
I’m spending a lot of time this week thinking, feeling tired and resting. My mind is stirring up a bit more today. But still, a half way post about my newest project: video clips. Half way? Better word is a start.
I do feel really happy making these clips. I don’t know why i didn’t start making video’s years ago. I even had animation at art school. But yes, 25 years ago time was really different. Computers were slow, there were no digital camera’s. A lot more hurdles to take before you could make something worthwhile. Nowadays almost everyone has a camera. Or a smartphone at least.
So i guess it is understandable i didn’t make video’s years ago. It is not much use to think about this anyway. I feel happy i’m discovering this now, that is enough.
I do need a bit of time. Take a step back and think about this, think about what i’ve made and what step i want to make next. What is most fitting, right now.
I do upload the clips to youtube. My username is ellenlfs. I already have one subscriber! I usually upload the clips half a day before i publish the post here on ellenpronk.com, so you could have a sneak peak if you wish.
For now, i will repeat all the clips i made sofar. Enjoy!
Making this video clip was a lot of work. Filming all the different clips on four separate days. Editing the clip. Picking the music. The Cinematic Orchestra i’ve known for eleven / twelve years. This song is from the album Man with a Movie Camera. From all the songs in my list for this clip, i liked this one the most. Even though i get a bit sad while watching the clip.
This week i made two walks long the river the Nieuwe Maas running through Rotterdam. One across the Willemsbrug and over the Noordereiland, the other along the Boompjeskade over the Erasmusbrug and over the Wilhelmina Pier to Hotel New York. I filmed clips all along the walks. The idea of using short clips of structures i got in between the two walks. The second walk i made these clips.
The music choice was difficult. I was doubting my first pick of Re-Education Through Labour by Chris & Cosey. It is a long time favourite, but it’s been years since i last listened to it. In 1982 or 1983 i bought their album Trance which has this track on it. In the end, i didn’t change my mind. It is not a nice happy go lucky track, but it does fit Rotterdam in some ways. Or any town for that matter.