After creating this app demo video for Helperbird, this time Helperbird needed individual How To videos visually explaining how to use and change each individual feature in the app. This was to be utilized on the app's website and within the app when users click to ask for help on how to perform certain tasks. There were 21 videos in total that I created an easy, simple tutorial style video. I also made the thumbnails for each video for their YouTube uploading launch!
Promos, reels, sizzles, whatever name you choose for them, they can make or break your opportunities to grow in your brand or career. I've worked with the amazing, firecracker that is Kerry Feirman of Talk Tennis on numerous occasions. As 2019 is wrapping up and we're heading into a new decade she wanted to create an upbeat, engaging, sponsorship show reel that showcased the variety of exclusive events and video coverage Talk Tennis creates every year surrounding the sport of tennis. She gave me a list of events that I needed to pull footage from and compile a quick and high-octane overview for Talk Tennis. The reel turned out short and sweet and is a fabulous showcase for her.
After the success from the previous year of working with Film Independent remotely for the LA Film Festival, they reached to me to see if I would be able to do the same overnight turnaround for the LA Muse event. Each night, for the 3 days of the diverse filmmaking event, they would send me the footage shot during that day of the event and I would download their files remotely and turn around a highlight edit for them to post on YouTube and Instagram to showcase a "best of" overview from the previous day.
Helperbird is a browser extension that helps user with reading difficulties such as Dyslexia. The founder of Helperbird, who happens to also be my fiancé, wanted a video that could grab people's attention, bring them into the Helperbird brand and also explain the app's diverse features.
This became a hybrid project, combining motion graphics, animation and a screen captured tutorial to fully achieve the app's overview video. And I must have done a good job because the wedding is still on!
Very proud and excited to share that I've been editing some really killer content for the amazing company Lumi. Lumi helps develops packaging for modern supply chains and they've created a YouTube series that is seriously good.
The "Unboxing Things" video series on the Lumi YouTube channel features Lumi CEO and Founder Jesse Genet, who you might recognize from ABC's Shark Tank. It's informative, casual, a little quirky and takes you on a deep dive behind some recognizable brands such as Honest Company and Bonobos. I'm certain some of you have probably already purchased from 1 or 2 of their featured brands and didn't even recognize all that packaging magicalness! Check out the video below featuring Hubble Contacts and next time your opening new e-commerce purchases you can impress your friends and family with your knowledge of flood coating and flute sizes!
As 2019 is just getting started, I'm taking a moment to reflect back on the wonderful clients and creative opportunities that I had the pleasure to work on throughout 2018 and have selected a handful of my favorites from the past year.
LA FILM FESTIVAL - LA MUSE SERIES
For the third year in a row, I've been honored and super excited to edit for the LA Muse Series. A video series that promotes incredible independent filmmakers who's works all have a distinctly LA identity. Each video highlights a different film, it's creators and the Los Angeles locations used in the film.
FUNKE, the food-focused indie was my favorite of the series this year. The video features Felix Restaurant on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, CA and discusses the process of creating the film with documentarians Gab Taraboulsy and Alexander Emanuele. Also, editing this video made me constantly crave pasta!
WWE STAR MICKIE JAMES INTERVIEW WITH TALK TENNIS
You might not think tennis and wrestling have a lot in common, but think again as the incomparable Mickie James sat down with Kerry Feirman of Talk Tennis for an extended interview to discuss her 20 year wrestling career and the ups and downs of becoming one of the biggest household names in women's sports.
Next we have...
CRYPTORAMBLE - WHAT'S UP WITH PRIVACY?
Cryptoramble is a YouTube channel created by Desi-Rae from Just Thinking Out Loud, which focuses on authentic talks on cryptocurrency, privacy, and Particl, a cryptocurrency coin. For the third installment in the "What's Up With Privacy?" series, the video focused on the legal and ethical dilemma over Thompson Reuters selling access to immigrants data to ICE.
And finally, last but certainly not least we have...
HELLO TAYLOR MUSIC VIDEO - MEMORY
The only video in the bunch that I not only edited, but also directed and shot as well. It's a grungy, moody, angsty, skateboarding inspired video for musical artist Hello Taylor's song "Memory".
Ahhhhhh! I'm getting married. Geez Louise I keep thinking how did that happen? Well, it's a good thing I happened to be filming while we were traveling in Greece the day my future hubz decided to pop the question. ❤️
I'm still kicking myself for filming vertically. 🙈
I recently edited my first two app trailers for the chrome extensions Helper Bird and Netflix Hidden Categories, both created by Robert James Gabriel. These app videos needed to both work for being featured in the Chrome store as well as work as Facebook Ads. I scripted both videos as well as edited them and had a great time trying to figure out how best to showcase the apps tools and features in a short, attention grabbing way.
The first app is Netflix Hidden Categories. This super helpful app takes your binge watching to the next level that unlocks Netflix's 20,000 different hidden categories.
Helperbird was the next app trailer I created. Such a useful app for anyone with Dyslexia that changes the fonts on any webpage to OpenDyslexic, a font designed specifically for helping dyslexic readers.
If you are interested in a custom trailer for your app or game, check out my page and pricing on App Trailer Editing and reach out. Would love to talk and work together to make something awesome!
I was contacted by a long-time client, Film Independent to edit a quick highlight video of the opening night of the 2018 LA Film Festival and jumped at the chance as Film Independent has been one of my favorite clients for the past couple years. This year the festival kicked off with a red carpet world premiere of Echo In The Canyon, a documentary chronicling LA’s famed Laurel Canyon music scene from the 1960s through today. After the premiere, the crowd was treated to a live performance by Jakob Dylan, Chan Marshall, Michelle Phillips, and Jackson Browne featuring songs from the film.
Since I was in Barcelona at the time of this event, I needed to edit their opening night highlight video remotely. After the festivities were complete, their team sent me raw footage from the red carpet interviews and the event coverage and my job began. We had communicated before as to what the tone, duration, graphics/branding was desired for the video and I had edited similar videos for their events in the past so I was confident I could turn around the video fast enough to meet their deadline of delivering the finished video with any rounds of notes by the next day.
The video turned out great. Shows off the LA Film Festival's world class event perfectly. Their team captured great footage during the evening, and I really love working with the great folks over at Film Independent on many projects. Take a look at the video above to check out their fabulous opening night.
I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I released the free ANIMATED EMOJI PACK. At the time, I had said to myself I was going to create and offer for free a different filmmaking resource every month. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but I’m recommitting to this idea now. So hold me accountable internet! Leave a comment on YouTube or write me a message with my contact form if, by this time next month, this blog has not been updated with a shiny, new freebie!
So, for this month’s freebie, I give to you 15, high quality, stereo wav recordings of various sounds I recorded while taking the extremely efficient and incredibly affordable Paris Metro last month while visiting with my lovely boyfriend and content partner while making videos for our travel blog, LOVE TRAVEL MONEY. If you’re interested in that remote work/digital nomad travel lifestyle then we’ve got the blog for you! (shameless plug)
Back to the free download.
CLICK HERE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
This link will take you to a Dropbox download where you’ll receive a .zip file with 15 tracks of various noises at the underground metro, subway station’s platforms, getting on and off the train, loudspeaker announcements, train sounds, people talking walla and lots of background and foley goodness free to use in whatever projects you’d like. Commercial projects included!
Now for the specs, I recorded this using a Tascam stereo recorder. The audio files are stereo .wav files, 48 kHz, 16bit and 1536 kbps. The files are named based on what sounds you hear in the file. It’s pretty straightforward. Take a look below at my Creative Common’s license to see that you indeed are totally free to use these files however you’d like. Just not re-uploading or selling them. So have fun creative geniuses! If you end up using them and want to share with me what you’ve made, I’d love to check out your projects. Write me a comment on YouTube or contact me through my website here.
Paris Metro Sound Effects CourtneyMakesVideo by CourtneyMakesVideo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at https://www.courtneymakesvideo.com/blog/paris-metro-sound-effects-pack-free-download.
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I'm Courtney Hood and I'm a video editor with years of experience working for brands such as Disney, Intel, Adobe, Lexus, Garnier-Fructis, Evian, History Channel and CNN.
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