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18 July 2006 @ 12:13 pm
Movie vid: Glory - O Fortuna - London Symphony Orchestra and Choir  
Vid Title: Glory
Artist/Song: O Fortuna (Carmina Burana) - London Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Duration: 2:49 wmv
Summary: This is an overview of the movie of the same title. The film tells the story of the first black regiment in the American Civil War, which was made up of runaway slaves and educated free men, and was led by a white 23-year-old survivor of one of the bloodiest battles in the nation's history.
Note: The vid is not meant to be about war or even a particular nation; it's about the human spirit
Warning: Contains realistic violence, some of it graphic

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This is my first movie vid, so I chose a film that is probably the best I've ever seen. It won three Academy Awards (and deserved a lot more) and features some of the greatest acting in modern cinema history; including terrific performances from Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, and many others. It came about after the remains of the soldiers were discovered in a mass grave on a South Carolina beach in the 1980s, a hundred years after the events of the film. The biggest creative problem with this vid was deciding what to omit. For every iconic shot or great line that I included, there were a dozen more that were just as worthy - and told a different aspect of the story.

The final assault at the end of the film is one of those transcendant moments that seems frozen in time and stays with you forever. I only hope I was able to capture some of what I felt while watching it.

I pieced together the audio by combining three different recordings of the same song by the same orchestra. I just thought each arrangement worked better for a certain part of the vid - a well-defined percussion in one version, an emphasis on vocals in another, etc.
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thedothatgirl: poppythedothatgirl on July 18th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've opted for the 'big and crisp' - looking forward to watching and will fb probably tomorrow.

bradcpubradcpu on July 18th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you like it! This one was kind of an experiment.
cyren_2132cyren_2132 on July 18th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was very powerful and moving and other good things. Nice work.
bradcpubradcpu on July 18th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
So was it... oh, wait, it's time to go in, isn't it? I'll just talk to you about it when I see you in a sec.
cyren_2132cyren_2132 on July 18th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
As you've likely figured by now, I'm not there. I kind of like the mid-week weekend. It's nice.
bradcpubradcpu on July 18th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Off on election day, eh? That is nice. Tues.-Wed. is my normal weekend, so I guess you're me this week.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 19th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
It's great to see that you decided to do what you wanted when you got the sudden inspiration, viewer conventions de damned. First off, I'm gonna have to put this movie on my netflix queue because, "omg, Cary Elwes, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, and my Denzel."

Ok, now that I'm passed that... Your structure is amazing. The audio quotes give a sense of the grand nature of the film. I couldn't even tell the music was put together from 3 recordings. Great pacing and conforming to the movement of the music. You pick it up and reign it in at all the right places. Very hard hitting, eloquent, and emotional. My favorite parts are when they march to the beat.
bradcpu: Les Miserablesbradcpu on July 19th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
It's so cool that you checked it out. :) I was afraid what with the obscurity that this was pretty much going to be a vid just for me (which is OK, but still...) Also very happy that you noticed and liked the movement/music! I felt it was important here to sync... well, everything; shooting for a "march toward destiny" feel. Hence the marching motif.

Thanks for the encouragement to do this, btw. I admit it's a little easier to get swept along by inspiration when it's a relatively small project like this, but I still wouldn't have done it if you had all said "No! Only Buffy for you!"

It is a great movie. Truly great, with a big G. I think it's still the career best for each and every cast member, from Matthew Broderick to Denzel (and that's saying a lot). Denzel was so amazing here... words fail me. Unfortunately once you see the movie you'll know how much great stuff I left out, and your opinion of this vid will plummet!
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 19th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
...shooting for a "march toward destiny" feel...
Come across well.

Unfortunately once you see the movie you'll know how much great stuff I left out, and your opinion of this vid will plummet!
I doubt that, but it will be a while before I watch it because my netflix queue is insanely long.
thedothatgirl: Deadwoodthedothatgirl on July 31st, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! - Now I expect all the explosions on the beat because you are a master at that but I actually shrieked out loud at 'that' explosion at 15secs. And marching to the beat? (twice even).

Powerful, moving and emotional. I would never be able to tell where the three separate performances began - perfect use of audio and fantastic clip usage.

I've never heard of this film but your vid is the perfect recruiter, and I will definitely look out for it. Fantastic. I hope you get gripped with the inspiration to vid films again soon.
bradcpu: mal drawbradcpu on August 1st, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
Hey, you liked it!

I actually shrieked out loud at 'that' explosion at 15secs

I knew that moment needed some impact (no pun intended) so the viewer would remember exactly what it is the characters are marching toward for the rest of the vid (the whole thing was supposed to be a "march toward destiny," hence the recurring marching motif). I picked one of the three O Fortuna arrangements mainly because that cymbal crash at the beginning was done so well. Glad that worked!

The film's terrific and well-worth checking out, subject matter aside, if you're a fan of dramas with strong ensemble acting. I'll probably do another movie vid in the future. Already have a few ideas in mind. Thanks for the encouragement on that front.
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on August 1st, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
I'd watch any of your vids. You never disappoint.

DCbananainpyjamas on August 5th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Bah. Glory is never going to get here. I'm going to review now before I get too deep into the vid I'm currently working on. You'll just have to forgive my very shallow recollection of the film - I watched it a few years ago in AP US History.

Alright, well first off, I love the song. ;) The beginning was simply gorgeous. The music truly brings out the epic nature of the clips. I really did get a "march toward destiny" feel from it, which I think was complemented by that one shot of the sky (the heavens, if you will) at 0:05. Also really loved your including the shot of Broderick against a backdrop of the sun being obscured by smoke around 0:20.

I like the way you handled the pacing. Any faster and I think some of the emotional resonance would be lost. Your scene selection was also simply wonderful. You included many of the scenes that really stayed with me after watching the movie. Some were probably obvious choices, like the Denzel whipping scenes. I think everyone who's seen the movie remembers that, and I think you did a great job of editing it down without losing its intensity.

I have to say, I simply adore what you did with dialogue here. Some of it helped establish the characters, like the "we grew up together // let him grow up some more" lines. Others heightened the tension and drama running through the vid. My favorite example of that was the "if this man should fall" line. It really served to hammer home the whole idea of them being brothers in arms, which I think is important to bring across in a video about a war movie.

And then the music ratcheted up a notch with the final battle. I LOVED the editing here and the way you used the music to enhance the action and epic nature of a climactic battle, as well as the thrill of a hard-won victory. Very poignant ending as well. I remember getting rather teary-eyed when I saw that in the movie, and your video managed to do that too. Darn you! :P

Anyways, great work! This was quite different from the other vids I've seen you do, but I still loved it. You should do more movie vids. ;)
bradcpubradcpu on August 5th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Coolest history class ever! In my history classes all we got was beaten-up old textbooks. One thing, though - it wasn't a victory. All of the members of the regiment died and the fort was never taken. But the "victory" I was trying to express was the triumph of spirit. They all knew they were going to die from the moment they volunteered for the attack, but it was about how they faced it, about finding the heroes within themselves, or "getting clean" as Denzel's character put it. I probably should have put that in the notes.

I'm glad you liked the clip selection. I fretted over that for the longest because each seemingly minor clip choice radically changed the emphasis of the story. And for everything that you put in, there's some incredibly poignant aspect that you have to leave out. For instance, the "if this man should fall" line was a reference to earlier in the movie, when Broderick's character asks Denzel's character to carry the flag into the final battle, and he refuses because it isn't his flag. That's why the moment when he sacrifices himself at the end to lift up the flag was so dramatic. But, again, I couldn't include all of that so I had to just sketch it.

I'm happy you enjoyed this, and thanks so much for the detailed thoughts. I really do want to do more movie vids. I'll probably try a second one after I finish my current (massive) project. Good luck with your new one as well.
DCbananainpyjamas on August 6th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Oops, guess my recollection of the movie is worse than I thought. I seriously thought they won. Heh, thanks for the correction.

Can't wait to see what you'll turn out next. ;)