I just completed a trailer (using Vegas) to help promote a documentary project. Enjoy! http://www.wildgoldhoney.com main site linking onwards to http://www.vimeo.com/4436260 and .
YouTube embeds here it seems but I think Vimeo shows it off best.
Any comments/critiques welcome. It's 4:3 because it was shot that way.
Hey thanks guys, I was prepared for anything when I opened this thread!
Typeface: yes I was never 100% happy about that, I just had to move on (to other work). I'll get together with Gore & co. and see what we can come up with later. Unfortunately, while Vimeo lets you re-upload a new version, YouTube doesn't. Then again, that should keep Grazie happy ;-)
Zoom in/out: I know it doesn't flow e.g. from longs progressively down to closes, I wonder is that what you mean (or was it the occasional "line-crossing") ? I tried doing that at first but instinctively preferred the more staccato effect of inconsistent zooms, I sensed more energy from it somehow (like some music vids). Experimenting with style I guess. I certainly appreciate feedback on whether it worked or not for other people - the ultimate test!
This project has been a real joy so far, I'm privileged to have such great material to work with. All happened because of a boring train journey where, clutching a book on editing, I got talking to a man carrying a brace of Manfrotto tripods. His english not so clear, he explained about his honey-hunting work and asked if I was interested in promoting it. Contacting companies is the next big job, and I'm on to that now. But if I can find time, I'll see if I can tweak a "Version 2" over on Vimeo...
I've seen similar beehives in my travel through India, always hanging beneath the roof of some fort or palace high up on a cliff. As a child our family holidays were oftenly to an uncle's country home where a lot of bees were kept so as soon as I saw those wild hives in India I was thinking that could be yummy.
Very well done. As a former beekeeper, I think I will stick with the standard movable frame hives (big square boxes) most people are used to. Honey can certainly have lots of different tastes - here in the US, we have a full range from something like fireweed that is a very light/sweet honey to things like buckwheat and others that are quite dark and strong flavored. Other parts of the world have acacia etc that are excellent. One of the stranger honey's is heather honey - it is (if I remember correctly) thixiotropic honey --- it will turn to a gel. A quick stir and it is back to liquid again, but it sets up like jell-o (not crystalizing). Very strange stuff.
Above about 20% moisture, honey can ferment (hence mead), but below 16%, it is very stable (except for crystalizing - just warm it up to liquify it again). The acid in it is high enough that it apparently does inhibit bacterial growth. As far as the bee populations go in the US, some areas have had very serious population declines others have not been as bad. Last I heard they had not totally figured out exactly what was causing it either. There are many billions of dollars worth of crops that rely on honeybees for pollination (just in the US), so this is a big concern. I keep threatening to put a couple of hives back in my back yard just to help with the pollination in our residential area.
Bob: Dunno what it tastes like. I've not been there yet, hopefully next year. Gore Gurung shot the footage (with an incredibly steady hand), I just edited it to add a bit of "zing" for promotional and entertainment purposes.
Paul: Music credits are at the end of the vid, but to repeat them here:
Drum music: "Fight" by Joe Hague from his Graphonics CD. Joe is a composer who kindly agreed a licence for me use that music for youtube etc. Perfect for the job, just fell into place. Synchronicity incarnate. His website is www.graphonics.co.uk
Mesmeric "Ting" music during credits: the end-bit of "Eternal Sunshine" by Nepalese musician Guarav Bomjan from his CD "Flute Fantasy". My Nepalese contacts verified that I can use that one. No website known. Wonderful sounds, he brings the traditional into the experimental.
The decline of the honey bee (and other pollinators) seems to be almost global now, very concerning, let's hope it's not like "The Death of Grass". Maybe they're safe in the mountains. Just watched a science TV program about "Network Science". Its main conclusion (regarding any pandemic etc.) is that if any country comes up with the solution, it would be in its best interest to share it globally. Otherwise the problem could keep coming back. Let's hope someone finds it.