July 4, 2021
I have a new single dropping in two weeks. I wanted to make a video to promote the song. It didn’t need to be too elaborate. I needed a vehicle to carry the song that had a visual component and could also display the lyrics. I tossed around several different ideas.
The one problem was that I don’t really know what the song is about. The song is called Kissing Tree. I know this is absurd. I wrote the song and I don’t know what it’s about. I think it might be about death, or cemeteries, or burial, or the voodoo that is love.
I decided to make a video about cemeteries. There are sources online to find old public domain footage. It’s important that I use images that I have a legal right to replicate. I don’t need more people mad at me. I scoured the web for the perfect vintage cemetery clip. During my search, I saw a video of flowers blowing in the breeze. The playback speed was a little fast and it made an effect that was perfect.
It was a change of plans. If I recorded my own flowers, I didn’t have to worry about finding public domain footage. When in doubt, do it yourself. I recorded around 30 minutes of flowers. Fortunately there was a consistent breeze. After I chopped it up and cranked the speed, it was perfect. It was not what I had been planning but I am really happy with the results.
I’ve been trying to learn more about video editing. I leaned about adjusting video speed and the effects it produces. Sometimes, results are perfect despite my best intentions to create something completely different.