Tom Ortega II

Wishing the internet was alive and well in 1992

In Kids, Technology and Software on June 6, 2007 at 5:25 am

I have so many blog posts in the works, but this one has to take priority. In high school, some folks drink it up and party. My friends and I didn’t. Not that we were straight edge (most of us didn’t even know what straight edge was) nor were we mormon (of which at least I am now), we just didn’t drink as strange as that may sound. What we did do at parties was have fun. Having fun was usually a creative endeavor and on one such occasion, we made music videos. We had props, actors, lighting, custumes, the whole nine yards. We made two music videos: one for a U2 song (Numb off of Zooropa) and a Cure song (can’t remember the track). I was the director. It was great fun, but the tape has long since vanished without a trace. If the internet was around back then, we would’ve uploaded it and it would have possibly lived this long (minus format wars and the internet bubble).

Regardless, Steve Borsch’s post sent this my way:

(Sadly, there is no support to embed Vimeo in WordPress, so you’ll have to click the link instead: http://vimeo.com/173714)

Man, I miss my youth. Or maybe, I just miss friends who wouldn’t mind being this silly with me. My favorite bit is the guy at the end who found it more important to finish his beer than participate in the video. Priorities, baby. =) From what I gathered, the workplace is the Busted Tees. (Who just snagged $100 of my hard earned cash for some great t-shirt gifts. You’ve been warned!)

As a person who is constantly making up music videos in my head for the 600+ CDs that I own, it’s exciting to see stuff like this. I have all that I need to create the videos (a mac, video editor, sound tools, a camera, etc.) except for one important item: time. Creating this lil video of my son took me four or five days alone. (Notes: Yes, we’ve now cut his hair and “Goke-goke” means “Dip-Dip” as in the stuff you dip chips into.)

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  1. That video was shot with a Steadicam, which is why the moving shots are so fluid and the camera can pan on a dime. You can pick up a Glidecam Pro for cheap on eBay. I have a Smooth Shooter, and got the best shots of my life with it.

  2. Yeah, the first time I saw one was on a making of GoodFellas. Scorsese used one to follow an actor through a party. Sweet tool.

  3. That’s a classic textbook shot. Perfect Storm also has a great Steadicam use when the girlfriend runs out of the bar to greet Mark Wahlberg when they return from sea. My favorite’s though are when the camera circles around the actors…Popular in music videos, and shows like American Idol.

    Maybe for the next 360 we could do something like that for a promo…

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