Tuesday, 5 July 2011

AGK video makers Q+A 2

Continuing the series of Central Station features that advise how to make the perfect AGK video:

Last Year Sinead Bracken wowed the audience with her performance as Milky. It was so good she won prizes for her performance! I asked her some questions about her AGK vid:

Can you briefly explain the video that you made last year?

Myself and Fiona Gordon made a video called 'Coffee and Dundee'. It featured the milk carton from Garth Jenning's Blur music video 'Coffee and TV' having a day out in Dundee.

How did you decide upon your chosen track?

We had the milk carton costume left over from Halloween and thought it would be fun to use that along with the original song.

How did you make it? What hardware /software did you use?

DV Camera. Tripod. Final cut pro. (Tried after effects for text).

Did you use the actual song as a soundtrack or another version?

We used a karaoke version of the song without vocals which we downloaded from Amazon for about 75p.

What technique did you use to add text?

We just placed each line of text over the video on final cut as each line was supposed to be sung.

Did you perform the song on the night? How did it go?

Yes. It went really well. It was great fun! I dressed up in the milk carton and sang it. I'm glad I wore it cause it kept me hidden.

Did you have any technical problem making your video? How did you overcome this?

We had problems trying to get the text to appear or dots to move over the text it as you would see in a karaoke video. We tried installing additional bits for Final Cut and tried the advice from YnY. But due to our own inexperience we couldn't manage it. Other software we downloaded put a nasty watermark over the video too. In the end we just put up each line without any animation cause there was no other way really.

Did you enlist any help?

The Art Bar and Fisher and Donaldsons let us film in their premises which was very nice of them.

Are you entering again this year?

Yes! Well, if we can come up with a good idea.

Any tips on how to make an AGK vid?

Just have fun making it & don't get worried about singing it on the night as the YnY crowd are lovely!


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