a "Director Account" on YouTube, where I have been storing
my videos since 2006.
"Big Wednesday Dreams"
(Rated "G") 12/07
Wednesday Dreams: (December
2007) On Wednesday, the 5th of December, 2007, the biggest swells in
over two years were predicted along the shoreline of California. I took
a day off work to travel up the coast of California, taking photos and
video of the monstrous waves and the collections of surfing aficianados
who similarly took the day off work to ride the waves.
Although the conditions were less magnificent
than predicted, I was able to cobble together a 12 minute video showing
the swells at a number of beaches, and showcasing some interesting surfing
First Internet MovieMorph (October 2007) brought the
Morpheus morphing animation suite into my digital bag of tricks.The
second experimental morph, and the first full blown "MikeMorph"
Internet Movie, "Skyline" is only 3 minutes and 40 seconds
long. Utilizing the Morpheus morphing software, and combined with the
Sony Vegas editing suite, "Skyline" offers a continually morphing
urban landscape, backed by moving cloudscapes. 39 separate photos of
over 35 differnet cityscapes have been cropped, masked, and morphed.READ
THE DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY on the WhenWordsCollide blog.
"The Tall Ships"
(Rated "G") 09/07
Tall Ships" (September
2007) A tribute to the sailing vessels of old and the three masted schooners
of today. MikeVideo combines footage shot aboard four full size sailing
ships at the Dana Pt. Tall Ships Festival on Sept. 8th, 2007, with photos
and paintings acquired through websearches, and scored to a music file
that contains lots of traditional sea shanties.READ
THE DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY on
the WhenWordsCollide blog.
Long Beach's Ocean Blvd." (Rated "G") 08/07
min. 52 sec.
From Long Beach's Ocean Blvd."
(August 2007) Faced with monetary problems which prohibit me
from taking "photo expeditions" too far from home, I spent
a couple of weekends on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach in summer 2007,
walking along photographing and videotaping my progress along the
boulevard. The resulting internet movie is called "Greetings
From Ocean Blvd." I've always attempted to see how steady I can
hold the camera by hand without uisng a tripod, and then moving with
balletic grace in order to achieve almost "steadicam" like
shots in my "travelblogues" and internet movies. I think
I achieved some excellent results with "Greetings From Ocean
Boulevard". Plans are in the works for more "street specific"
travelblogues centered on major Southern California thoroughfares
like Hollywood Boulevard.
Commentary on my blog.
"Star Spangled Dreams"
(Rated "G") 07/07
"Floral Dreams "
(Rated "G") 05/07
Spangled Dreams" (July 2007) Happy 4th of July.
A series of images of Old Glory, backed by footage of the large flag
on the Donald Trump Golf Course, and accompanied by Jimi Hendrix'
rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, from Woodstock 1969.
Commentary on my blog.
" (Rated "PG") 06/07
2007)"Betty Boop" is a MikeVideo Internet Movie created
Sunday, June 10, 2007. It is a compliation video showcasing selections
from the original Betty Boop cartoons from the decade of the thirties.
Consisting of different scenes from roughly twenty Betty Boop
catoons made from 1932 to 1934, I have included scenes which showcase
the virtuosity of the Fleischer Brothers Studio product of the
time, with stunning surrealistic animation, and "special
effects' including the rotoscoping of dancing figures. Betty's
risque sense of humor, the tendency for her to get herself in
trouble, and lose her clothes, and her evocative singing voice
are all sampled in the selection utilized for inclusion. I contemplated
adding more elaborate editing and transition effects, but opted
for a more straightforward presentation of the black and white
cartoons themselves, with little "embellishment". The
Fleischer's had their own indelible "stamp", 180 degrees
away from Disney. While Disney was content to make "children's
cartoons", the Fleischers created humorous, satirical adult
cartoons with quite a bit of sexual innuendo and imagery. This
is my second tribute video showcasing Betty. The first was 2006's
"Betty Boop Dreams".
Dreams " (May 2007) This is the latest in my "Dreams"
series of art videos. Flowers and plants photographed, and taped at
different botanical gardens across the South bay, including the Huntington,
the Getty, and the South Coast Botanical gardens, and arranged to
the Celtic music of Steeleye Span, with vocalist Maddy Prior. I've
always loved flowers, and my very first job was as a manager for a
Garden department for a retail chain. The attempt is to mix the video
and the photographs using layering and effects so that the viewer
can't tell the difference, and the overall effect is somewhat soothing.
This is only the second video I've made using the new Vegas software,
and it was made in one day. (Photography was shot over a four year
period.)The chroma key effects pioneered in "Clowns" are
much more sophisticated in this video, which also uses the title animation
feature in the Vegas software..
Blender" (Rated "PG-13") 05/07
min. 16 sec.
Blender Feature Page "(May 2007) Over one month
in the making, the completely animated "Cultural Blender"
internet movie is the centerpiece of the newly redesigned "Cultural
Blender" website.Featuring 20 of the 40something images
in the Blender composite, this imaginative piece of videomaking
uses my new Sony Vegas editing suite. Some of the several icons
represented, with images, video, old television footage, and music,
are John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and the Smiley Face.
The Feature Page includes a high quality MPEG download of the movie
and a comments page.
Dance" (Rated "G") 03/07
One: 9 min. 34 sec.Part Two: 7 min 16 sec.. Part Three: 6 min.
Dance Feature Page " The
"Roxette" section from the MikeVideo "Moviola
Dance" has been on either this page or the YouTube Channel
for over a year. Now I have re-edited the "Moviola Dance"
video for the internet, in three segments under 10 minutes long.
The Feature Page is online with streams and downloads as I add them
to the site. On the first weekend in March I have Part 1 and 2 uploaded,
and Part 3 is being rendered. All should be online by the end of
the week. "Moviola Dance" does not contain any of my photography
or videomaking skills. It is made up completely of musical segments
from old MGM films, scored with different soundtracks. The movements
were made to match the music when I created the video in the pre
computer 80s by manipulating the fast forward and reverse knob of
a CAV laserdisc player in real time, and capturing the "performance"
on VHS tape. These videos will not be added to my YouTube Channel
for fear that Warner Brothers will claim I violated copyright, as
they did with :"42nd
Street Dance", whch is a similar pairing of different music
with a dance clip from a later MikeVideo. The embedded files on
the Feature Page for the video are from Google, and the downloads
are on my server. Not only did I master three segments of the "Moviola
Dance" but I also created another "archival" MikeVideo
internet movie utilizing footage from 1991 showing me performing
an improvisational dance to one of the tunes on "Moviola Dance",
"Begin the Beguine" by Artie Shaw. The video is available
on my Xanga blog, WhenWordsCollide. It's called "Dancin'
(Rated "G") 02/07
Tempest" (February 2007) A companion video
my music video featuring the Northern California "Celtic
Rock Band", also recorded in Orange County, CA in 2004. This
vid includes the song "Morgan The Pyrate" and two instrumentals.
I added some transitions and overlays illustrating the song, not
for the sake of pure embellishment, but in an attempt to hide
an intrusive audience member who thought he was part of the show.
I still have some
more songs from the 2004 performance, but I hope to see
Tempest perform sometime in the future and get some new footage
for future music videos. The band's lineup has changed since I
shot this performance.
(Rated "G") 01/07
min. 02 sec.
(January 2007) The latest Internet Movie is a "remake"
of one of my very first streaming internet movies. First conceived
and edited as a four minute realvideo file in 2001 and announced
on the MikeVideo section of AllThingsMike, "ArtViews"
was composed of footage shot at the Huntington Library and Art Gallery
in 2001, and was scored with the classical piece: "Hungarian
Dance #1" by Johannes Brahms. The streaming realvideo files
in those days were almost unwatchable. The resolution was nonexistant,
and since the video showcased works of art displayed at the museum,
shot in low light, the shoddy resolution and the physical size of
the video, which was thumbnail sized, contributed to an unwatchable
experience. The video was one of the first three "internet
movies" I displayed on the "MikeVideo Internet Movie"
pagein 2001, when I announced that "someday we will all have
our own television stations on the web."
Slowly but surely,
I'm "recreating" the three original internet movies, in
celebration of MikeVideo's 20th anniversary, which was November
of 2006. All of the links from the original MikeVideo
Internet Movie page, which was online years before YouTube existed,
are now active again, linking to the newer "internet movies."
The first one was "Selling Sex at
the CES", which I completed during Summer 2006. "Artviews"
is the second little film to get the treatment, and I've now combined
a new music track with the footage shot at the Huntington and also
footage shot at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in early 2005, to
create a brand new "ArtViews". Although a lot of the original
footage from the Huntington was unusable because of shaky camera
work and the aforementioned low light, there are enough good shots,
combined with the Getty footage, shot with my latest camera, and
framed with more of an "artistic" presentation, to fill
an almost nine minute video. I've also uploaded my original test
footage for the VideoWave program I was learning. The video is called
"Camelia Dreams" and although it features footage
of a rose bush, I had planned on assembling more footage of flowers,
and soon I hope to "remake" this one as well, using footage
of gardens I've shot over the years.
Some of the art, when
photographed, displays an almost 3-D quality. I have used the chroma
key and transition elements in the Pinnacle Studio video editing
program to make some interesting combinations of different artworks,
and each individual element is timed to the music "mashup"
which was created first. The clips are arranged not with regards
to the museum where they were taken, but might seem haphazardly
presented, although the intent is to "create art from art"
and hopefully the end result proves entertaining. It took slightly
over two weeks of almost sleepless nights to assemble this latest
MikeVideo "masterpiece". At first, I only wished to create
something for the link on the original "Internet Movies"
page, but once I began the actual construction of the video, I became
almost obsessed with making the most original, interesting, and
entertaining video I could with the footage, reaching into the MikeVideo
editing bag of tricks more than a few times, and in some cases,
layering more than six elements in a single "shot".
All the videos which
contain the MikeVideo brand have a certain trademark, and this is
no exception. Even the VHS MikeVideos contained many disparate elements
combined in such a way as to make a new presentation. A simple dissolve,
if performed with the right two shots, can be stunning and awe inspiring.
Since this is a video showcasing the fine arts, every attempt has
been made to insure that the viewing experience is enhanced even
for viewers who have visited the museums.All editing choices were
reworked until I was satisfied with the results. In fact, some of
the "traveling mattes" I've used to great effect in "Betty
Boop Dreams" and "Clowns",
are also used here, and the combination of stills, video and graphics,
utilizing the transition effects in the program, all combine to
enhance the viewing experience. Ten minutes seems to be the perfect
size for internet video projects, and I like to insure that not
one second is wasted. There are 270 separate video and 51 separate
audio components in this video.
History of MikeVideo" A MikeVideo Internet Movie Series (Rated
min. 16 sec.
History of MikeVideo: Episode 1: The Analog Years 86-88"
A new Internet Movie Series begins with
the History of MikeVideo. Letting the original videos and raw
footage tell the story of 20 years of videomaking, this overall
view of the "early years" contains newly digitized scenes
from some of the original VHS MikeVideos from the 80s, including
"Sacked", "Kris Cleans Up" and footage for
the unfinished "Back To Lomita". There is plenty of
narration, and a younger version of me stars, but the original
footage, with the addition of text intertitles, tells the history
pretty well. A companion piece to the
MikeVideo History page on this website, here the actual footage
is showcased. Some of the VHS footage looks rather good, and any
glitches in the analog transitions have been repaired digitally.
Stay tuned for more episodes of "The MikeVideo Story".
When affordable home
video appeared in 1981, I bought one of the first CED videodisc
players, one of the many formats in which I've invested that have
ceased to exist over the years as the technology got better and
better. I used the videodisc player and a Beta tape deck to create
"video collages". By 1986, I bought a marked down video
camera and I embarked on the first steps toward realizing my childhood
dream. I became "MikeVideo", and I started to make movies".
Take a look at the past, when YouTube was nonexistant, cameras
were really heavy, and computers were large unwieldy machines.