A few years ago I got really into making little mini-movies with an app I was playing around with at the time called Vintagio*. I would find something of interest to shoot with my iPhone camera, record a few minutes of it, and then set the whole thing to music.
When I tried to upload them to this blog, I learned that I’d have to upgrade to a considerably higher-cost plan, so I’ve decided to post a link here to my YouTube channel that contains (so far) three of these mini-films. While you’re there, feel free to subscribe.
One (titled Monks Shearwater Snow Leopard) is from a rainy afternoon in early September 2011, near the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. That would explain the monks meditating outside the World Trade Center site. (The WTC is not visible in this video, but the monks are.) I set this video to the song “Snow Leopard” by Shearwater.
Another is one that I made going through a car wash in my old hometown. This is a car wash that my dad named through a naming contest back when I was a kid. The “Tunnel o’ Suds.” Now it’s been re-named, but that name stuck for a good 30+ years. This video is set to Rose Royce’s song “Car Wash,” for obvious reasons.
A third is one I made sitting inside a Starbucks on 7th Avenue in Manhattan a few years ago while I watched the window cleaner do his thing. It’s set to a Tom Petty song I don’t know the title of. (Tom, if you are reading this, don’t sue me. Just contact me by email. We’ll talk.)
One thing I never did figure out was how to do a nice fade-out so that it doesn’t end so abruptly. I’ll work on that.
There are more of these, but I need to find them on a missing-in-action external hard drive. For now, these, for your viewing and listening pleasure.
* Correction: The title of this post originally referred to the video editing app as Magisto (which I have also used and is legitimately good in its own right), but in fact, the videos in the above links were edited and produced using an app called Vintagio.