What I’ve Been Listening To…

The other day, while I was meandering around Youtube trying to think of some music to listen to, I remembered a group I stumbled upon not terribly long ago.  The group is Two Steps From Hell (Note: I am not really sure why they chose this name…Apologies to my cousins and family, I promise I’m not listening to anything terrible or Satanic.  🙂 ), and from what I’ve read about them they started out doing music for movie trailers and have since gone on to produce several CDs.  The thing is, regardless of the name of their group, the music is absolutely amazing.  Pretty much, every track is some sort of epic.  Just go check them out.  Here’s their Facebook page and their Youtube channel.

Anyway, so the other day I remembered about them and thought “Oh, I’ll go listen to them for a change.”  This led to me Google searching their official website (linked above) and discovering they had their own Youtube channel.  Once on their Youtube, I found the playlists, particularly the Personal Favorites one.  In listening through all one hundred eleven tracks of it, I jotted down notes of a few of my favorites.  This is one of them:

It’s a bit hard to describe what this makes me think of.  It’s a bit of The Capitol from the new Hunger Games film (or some of the music used in Capitol scenes, at least…), it feels a bit Gladiator as well, somehow, and just before the one minute mark when it starts in to exploding all over the place, it makes me think of some sort of ancient Middle Eastern bazaar/market with little boxy stands of wares everywhere, dust and brightly coloured fabric, gypsies wandering around, lots of hustle and bustle and crowds…

Feel free to comment with what it makes you think of, or if you think it’s terrible, or if you have a different song/piece/track that really catches your imagination instead.

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“The Key” Video Project

Hello again, everyone!

My poor blog must be feeling so alone right now.  Life (scratch that), school has been oober hectic this semester.  Even when it’s not been actually busy, it’s been destroying my brain cells.  I think I have half as many as I started the semester with.  I had four classes this time again, and three of them are things I try to avoid: video, portraiture, and photojournalism.  Granted, I’ve not done photojournalism before now, but it’s not what I enjoy, not what I’m terribly good at, so…it’s been a bit interesting.

ANYway, in Multimedia we’ve been working on our final video.  The idea was to have a video, five to seven minutes in length, that told some sort of story, I think.  A narrative.  Maybe.  (I’ve just taken a peek at the outline for this project, and it is described as a “narrative short film”…)  Our teacher really left the door open to us to be creative and do something awesome.  I, however, am not wildly gifted in the video department, so I did the best I could do.

While filming, I decided to use the separate audio recorder I’d borrowed from the school to record only the parts of the film where my friend, Erika, was talking.  When I began to put the video together, I realized I’d not thought through to how the off-camera and in-camera audio would not sound the same.  In addition to realizing this, several large audio files from the off-camera recorder failed to produce any data.  In other words, there was a file on the memory card, but absolutely no sound contained in that file.  A bit frustrating, especially since it won’t make my teacher happy.

Alrighty, well enough ranting.  (Ha, you people should be grateful…I started typing this big rant the other day with the intention of blogging it, but then decided I didn’t want people to know THAT much about me…it ended up being over three pages long…)  So, here is my video I made.  For my story, since I don’t have that many people at my disposal to use as actors/actresses, I aimed for a simple but still interesting story.  I won’t spoil the “plot” for you.  Here it is.  Hope you guys enjoy.