Extreme Kellie was a series of fun packages I put together at KDVR/KWGN. I’m going to take you threw the edits. The first thing I did was find music. I chose two songs. The first one is O.N.E by Yeasayer.
The visuals are excellent. My effects are minimal. Effects are only added as ‘bumps’ in the story. I call a ‘bump’ a place in the story where there’s just music or a need for a transition of some sort.
In the first shot, I have a blur effect.
This was accomplished by simply putting the same video that was on video layer one on video layer two. I moved the video on the video layer two 3 frames and dropped the opacity. This is an easy way to create this effect. I drop the opacity up and down, so the effect isn’t constant.
These kids have some great moves. I want shots to breathe. I also want edits to the music. I added some edits and changed the scale of shots on the beats.
Each of these edits I change the scale starting at 140% and then returning the shot to 100%.
Watch the story on my YouTube site to see it in action
At [:05], I do one of my favorite simple effects. I take a portion of a shot, usually about 6 frames. I start the shot at 100% scale, and then 6 frames later make the shot 400%.
I reverse the effect for the next shot, starting at 400% moving forward 6 frames and returning the shot to 100%.
A simple sequence follows one of the kids jumping fast at [:06].
At [:11], I bring the music up full, and there are four jumpers. Three of the jumpers do a backflip that times out to the beat of the music. This is being lucky.
Sometimes being lucky makes one look like a good editor. I’m honest, got just plain fortunate with this.
I do the scaling again at [:28] like I did at the beginning of the piece.
I do this for the same reason as before. I want the shot to breathe, and I want to edit to the music. I accomplish both with this simple effect.
From [:33] to [:47], take a look at how meticulous my match action is.
I pride myself on this. I think to match action hide edits, and it’s effortless to do with extensive practice.
No, match action isn’t an effect, but it’s a vital editing tool.
At [1:14], I change the music. Why? The first part of the story was about the kids. This part of the story is about Kellie. A change in music singles a change to the viewer. I choose Cobra-style by Teddy Bears.
At [1:19], another use of scaling up on the beats.
This is simple, easy, effective, and an excellent way to add just a little something to your story.
At [1:44] to [2:08], there are no visual edits. Just audio edits. I wanted to show Kellie jump-roping for a whole series, so the viewer could see Kellie performing.
This is a case where no edits work better. However, as you here, there is a lot of storytelling with audio underneath this shot. After the music full for a few seconds, I have one kid talking about jump-roping.
One last scaling up on the beats at [2:58].