Turkey Soup

I’m not even going to pretend to know much about video editing software.  That’s one of the reasons why I like iMovie.  It is so user-friendly that even I can manipulate audio and visual into something relatively intelligible and artistic.

iMovie ’08 came installed on my MacBook, which I purchased not quite a year ago.  After witnessing firsthand the insanely complicated intricacies of Final Cut, it was a relief to feel the power of movie editing well up in my own hands.  However, I was quickly frustrated with the inexplicable lack of what I thought should have been basic features, like black-and-white and slow motion.

In typical fashion, I only just now began researching on the interwebs how to get around these deficiencies.  After all, I’m no cinematography genius, so I rely on such cheap tricks to make my movies more interesting.  It seems I wasn’t the only one who had a bone to pick with Apple.  At first glance, it appeared that all there was out there was just an endless smattering of disgruntled Apple users bitching in forums about how there used to be such features, but Apple royally screwed up when they made their last redesign and took them all away.  In short, there was no help in sight.  Discouraged, I was ready to resign myself to a black-and-white free, regular-speeded film career.

I should have saved myself some trouble and checked Wikipedia first.  I think I’m going to make that my general rule of thumb from now on.  Wikipedia never fails to make me smile:

“In response to the reduced feature set, Apple released iMovie HD 6 as a free download to those who had purchased iMovie ’08.”

And so I trotted over to the Apple web site and downloaded iMovie HD 6, which is the previous version of iMovie.  Three hours later, I have already completed a short movie and am about ready to completely delete iMovie ’08 from my hard drive.

I filmed my hastily-made masterpiece this afternoon after a trip to the park to film the melty remnants of the “winter weather event” we experienced yesterday.  Despite several layers and gloves so thick I could barely move my fingers, I was chilled to the bones in about a half hour and decided to call it quits.  My first thought when I got home was that a piping hot bowl of turkey soup sounded really good.  My second thought was that I still had half a tape left to record, and it would be silly to waste it.

Turkey Soup is an experiment with the time-lapse feature of iMovie HD 6, and was filmed on a cute little handheld Panasonic camcorder.  The melting block of frozen soup is my last container left over from Thanksgiving.  The music is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude in E Major, BWV 937, arranged and performed by me on marimba in GarageBand.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jonsquared
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 19:21:32

    beautious! i especially liked the part when the shrooms magically appeared!

    Thanks! I dig the mushrooms, too. They totally make the soup.

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  2. Mike
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 22:48:45

    very nice ;p

    Gracias!

    Reply

  3. TrainWreckIdeas
    Jan 12, 2009 @ 17:34:04

    Nice movie!
    As an aspiring film maker, I am looking to shoot something every day. Sadly, I think about it more than I actually do anything about it. This little movie is making me want to just head out and shoot anything at all right now. And yeah, I dug the pepper that just fell out of the sky.

    Thanks! Glad you stopped by to see it.
    You should definitely shoot something, even if it’s as mundane as reheated soup. I feel like my creative side has been a liberated a teeny bit just by doing something creative.
    It’s strange you mention the pepper. I usually don’t add pepper until the soup is in the bowl. Not quite sure why I added it early this time…

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  4. that girl
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 23:22:33

    I was pleasantly surprised by how interested I was while watching the video. Who knew Turkey Soup could hold my attention? I think it could be attributed to 2 things.

    1-I’m a video person. I used to make it, now I also teach it. (iMovie ’08 is so bad that I refuse to teach it.) You created a very nice time lapse. Good music, too.

    2-My friend recently dropped off a frozen block of turkey soup to me during my recent ailments. I was quite fascinated with how it melted in the pot. I kept thinking it would burn, which is ridiculous, of course. To see your soup melt, then boil was neat. 🙂

    It’s sort of hypnotic, isn’t it? Thanks for the nice compliments!

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  5. jcow81
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 23:26:33

    I wish I could relate. I have no recollection of my teeth coming out and I never need any major work. I didn’t have a cavity until I was an adult. I know…you hate me now. Sorry, I was just trying to be friendly. Haha

    I didn’t get my first cavity until I was nineteen, so I was lucky there. I envy those with good enough teeth that they don’t need any work done, but I certainly don’t hate them, or feel any ill will toward them. What would that accomplish?

    Reply

  6. Otto Mann
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 16:33:14

    Sometimes I wonder what life would be like without Wikipedia.

    Thankfully, those thoughts leave my mind before I start crying.

    Reply

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