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Will Yurman Aug. 9, 2010, 3:16 p.m. permalink

Hey Eric,
Parkour is very cool and it was fun to see in the video. I liked your opening - the fast cuts, the natural sound of 'up up up'. I was distracted a bit by the jiggly camera though. I kept hoping you could get it locked down quicker. :)

After that, for me, it became more pedestrian. The pacing of your edits slowed way down, and the narration felt too static, too traditional for this kind of story. It had that local TV news story feel - which isn't always a bad thing, but I thought this deserved something more maybe?

I was less interested in the practical stuff you focused on - how good the courtyard is, how parkour works. I wanted to get inside their heads, or see a funnier take.  Why?? Why do they do it? That's the unanswered question for me. What kind of person spends their time jumping over things that the rest of us walk around. Do they find themselves jumping on chairs at work? Getting from their bed to the bowl of cereal in the morning without touching the floor?

I also wanted more natural sound - you give us a taste of them giving instructions and we occasionally here a little of them working but I wanted a wireless on someone - their breathing, the sounds of their hands grabbing...their feet hitting the pavement.

Maybe a wireless run down their pants, the mic clipped onto the bottom of their pants?

Sorry, all of a sudden this sounds way too critical. It was fun to watch and a fine daily video - but I know you want to raise the bar on your own work. And it's way easier to tell you how to do it than do it myself :)

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Eric Seals Aug. 9, 2010, 4:37 p.m. permalink

Thanks Will. 

I don't think you were critical at all and pedestrian is the perfect word for this.

For me it ended up being one of those "it is what it is" videos. No matter how I tried to make it work it just wasn't coming together for me but I wanted to get it reviewed anyway and liked what you had to say. Your idea of more natural sound and running a wireless mike down the pants with the lav pointing to the ground is great and I'll have to remember that for something in the future.

Thanks again for checking it out and for the review :-)


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Steve Saldivar Aug. 9, 2010, 4:50 p.m. permalink


    I love this piece! Just a quick question: Is it required to have audio while the "" is playing on the screen? It didn't bother me too much at the beginning - it served as a good anticipation of what I was about to see but we have a speaker in the end that begins to say something but the end titles are playing.

   Keep the great videos coming, Eric!

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Eric Seals Aug. 9, 2010, 5:44 p.m. permalink

Hi Steve, thanks man.

We can do what we want with the intro and outro audio. It is nice because it gives us about 8 seconds to layer some audio underneath giving the good anticipation that you mentioned.

The standard sound that usually plays with it kind of sounds like cars on a freeway driving by followed by a click (like a seatbelt maybe) towards the end.  I always like to have something else play instead whether it is some good white noise or nice natural sounds leading up to the opening frame. 
Watching it again a minute ago, I think what might have worked better on this Parkour ending was sounds of them hoofing, feet hitting the ground after a jump kind of thing instead of someone talking. 

If your curious Steve how that audio sounds here it is

Take care


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