Friday, July 3, 2009

Cinema


Many of you have commented on my captions and my use of color. The captions rely on a cognitive process, whereas color is more of a conduit for pure emotion.

Thus the intellect/emotion dichotomy is at work in these pages.

Music combined with pictures offers another experience entirely. Music, I think, more than visuals, is the direct mirror of the soul. It stirs up emotion in an unparalleled way. It has a searing effect and can penetrate to the very core of existence.

My goal in the video was to present something that did not seem like a slide show. I wanted something more cinematic. Keep in mind that I have only the most rudimentary video editing tools. The three elements at play are images, captions and music. It's quite interesting to see, in the editing process, how all the parts can synergistically come together. The short film, about the Sargasso Sea, is only one minute long. If you care to comment on any aspect of it, I would be very happy to read your thoughts.

I'll return to my regular picture blog on Tuesday. I also want to take the opportunity to wish a happy fourth of July to all my American friends.


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31 comments:

  1. That was beautiful - all of the elements combined to make it very soothing. Give little Angelina a hug and enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Prospero, This video reminded of a time I sat at a beach alone thinking through an important decision that I needed to make. The sea has given me a space to be in deep thought. At the beach, though the wind blows non-stop and the waves rolls endlessly on the beach, the horizon will never move. Hence giving a perfect hope and assurance. Btw, I think that that is the best picture of Angelina so far ;-)

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  3. Wow, very creative. I feel relaxed with the music.

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  4. Cute photo of Angelina. You sure did pick the right name for that angel faced pup of yours.:D
    I enjoyed the short video you made, it was very soothing and peaceful.
    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind 4th of July wishes.

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  5. I so do miss the sea sometimes - thank you for this! Such beautiful photos, and with the music it all creates a meditative mood, somewhat nostalgic.

    I wonder if there's a way to fade the photos out and into the next (like the title does) - I found the sudden change of photos would snap me out of the mood induced by the music and subject matter, particularly given the major changes in color, too. I wonder if fading them one into the next would 'soften' that up.

    The video reminded me of the elves leaving Middle Earth - maybe that's why the nostalgia... Thank you.

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  6. I really enjoyed your video. I feel the same way about music and how it can really stir up deep emotions. I've had music bring tears to my eyes and not even understood why it made me feel that way. I hope you will make more of these videos as well as your beautiful photos.

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  7. A feeling of mystery - only the bird is not lost - she will find a shore. I would stay forever lost in that blue. There is a shore on the horizon - wait that must be clouds - the Sargass Sea has no shores - just illussion after illusion....

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  8. I can't agree more with regarding your statement about music. Music has the incredible ability to affect our emotions. Congrats on your video! It's just enchanting!

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  9. I enjoyed watching the video. The colors and music make it beautiful and mysterious. Nice capture of Angelina.

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  10. Hauntingly beautiful. The combination of images & music almost brought tears to my eyes. If it was longer, I am sure I would have needed a kleenex. Thank you for this wonderful picture of Angelina...she must be such a joy to you:)

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  11. Lovely shot from Angelina :)
    Very nice video !!
    Give little Angelina a hug from us
    Have a nice weekend !!
    Kareltje =^.^=
    Anya :)

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  12. Very well. I learn a lot from your use of light and color.

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  13. Very neat little video! Beautiful writing about it too! I agree the music stirs the soul in a different way joined with images. Wonderful! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog :)

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  14. last time i got immediately caught into the sea, so i skimmed the text - i did read properly this time, and i feel like giving you a hug for your words about music!

    i haven't yet commented on your use of captions, but i did think about it (your use and commenting, too :). sometimes captions/words can close/narrow down an image - to me it feels like your captions do the opposite, opening whole new vistas for the images. beautifully done!

    thank you for the visit.

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  15. I love this & the music is the perfect touch!

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  16. it is very beautiful. as i am pondering about veils right now, i love how the sea seems wrapped in her dark fog veil, and yet open, dissolving into immensity. bringing immensity into our soul. the music seems born out of this veil.

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  17. On my regular blog, Round The Bend, I often try to match music to the subject. Often it's lighthearted and makes me smile. Hope it does that for others too.
    I like what you've done here. Maybe you'll show us more in future posts. :)

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  18. Gorgeous images on the video!

    Thank you, Prospero, for the tips on the Lobster Claw seeds.

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  19. Simply beautiful! I love 'Mirror, mirror...' too.

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  20. I'm interested in your description of captions being cognitive process and colour emotional.

    The video is very enchanting. The use of text, Sargasso sets a context of place - and my very limited knowledge of the Sargasso Sea is a young childhood memory of my Dad saying ships mysteriously disappeared there - so this immediately makes a feeling of mystery. But it is pleasant, tranquil and beautiful too - aided by the music and the serene colours.

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  21. Very relaxing to watch,
    Wel presented.

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  22. I clearly see what you mean. The music corresponds to the solitary nature of the pix. Thanks for your kindness.

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  23. as always your posts are so inspiring!!! just beautiful!!!! i can imagine a 4 lb. dog always at your feet. can you image a 70 lb. dog always at my feet though??? hehe!!!

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  24. excellent creation. the chanting melodic music with the colors and tranquility of the superb images. Congratulations on a wonderful creative endeavor.

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  25. I really love it! It's beautiful and so calm.
    Have a great week:)

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  26. Thanx for the little peek in your head. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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  27. I have never seen the Saragasso sea, but to a certain extent I feel that I have now.

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  28. Hi. I wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and for such a nice comment. Thank you.

    You have some wonderful photos. It's hard to pick a favorite so I'll just say all of them.

    ~Cindy

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  29. A second try at posting my comment!
    The music is haunting and spiritual, the video lovely, although I am quite afraid of the sea, the expanse of it makes me afraid and I suppose not being able to swim doesn't help.

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  30. Great experience audiovisual, relaxing and inspiring!

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