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Old June 16th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #1
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Unicycle Video "Livin' the Dream"

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http://www.vimeo.com/1174628

This was all shot with a XHA1 with the Century Optics wide angle lens.
Please hit me with some feedback.

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Old June 16th, 2008, 10:02 PM   #2
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cool stuff man. I unicycle too but i've never been as good as you! keep it up. what was the effect you used in the last shot? sort of flickering old fashioned filter or something.
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Old June 16th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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well. I like the video, but it was a little long...maybe if I unicycled I would watch more? I know it was two videos, but still. Guess the target audience could be a factor. Also I think a better mic would greatly benefit the commentary. Other than that, it's a great way to showcase your talent.

Personally I think you should combine all the (video) footage into a sweet 3 minute piece. I really like the color that you used during the credits, wish I could have saw more of that. Was it a preset, or...?
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Old June 16th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #4
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Hi John,

Nice video. I was wondering if you ever saw those guys who rode unicycles along (over, under, and around) the Great Wall of China? Most amazing thing I ever saw on one wheel! I saw it on a TV show several years ago, and have been trying to locate it again ever since!
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Old June 17th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #5
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Also I think a better mic would greatly benefit the commentary.
I agree. If narration can't be legible, it's pretty much useless. Even lowering the music levels during the narration would help, but still... it sounded weird to begin with. Other than, it was nice. :D
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Old June 17th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #6
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I liked the video but I agree with John about the length... Actually it made me cry at one point... When the guy racked himself on the rail... Ouch.... Reminds me of my old skater days... Painful memories... : )

The only thing I really wasn't a big fan of the border around the image... It kind of distracted me a little bit... Other than that man great video and good shots... Which Wide angle were you using?
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Old June 17th, 2008, 03:44 PM   #7
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Thanks.

Yea it was a bit long I agree. However, I plan to make Full length films with many riders, and this was sort of a test to try and extend past one song for the first time.

The Effect at the end is called "overdrive" in FCP. I turned most of the settings on very low so the gittery flashy and expansion were all gone or minimal. I would love to figure out how to get that same old film look without the flashing. I also added some contrast.

I completely agree you all of you about the voice over issue. I had been stood up to many times from the owner of the mic I was supposed to use and had to go with what I have. I will be using a mic for anything similar in the future.

I thought the smaller white border kinda of tied the "intro" and the rest of the film together better than no border, but this is not the first who have mentioned it was a bit much.


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Old June 18th, 2008, 11:54 AM   #8
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first and foremost as a bmxer who rides alot of street i am completely blown away by this. i really didnt know this stuff was possible and i am considering setting my bike on fire because of it.

As far as the video itself goes, i agree with what everybody else said, it was a bit long. i may be wrong but i think you used a couple of the same clips in the intro as you did the riding video itself which may have added some length. i like how you slowed the first song down a little bit, it worked well with the voice over. overall i enjoyed it, keep it up
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