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".
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.
Welcome to the inaugural Film Freebie! Film Freebie will be a series of free resources I’ll be making and sharing to be used in video projects. So for this maiden voyage freebie, I decided to create some fun and dynamic animated emojis to spice up your video editing projects. There are 8, emoji animations in total with a variety of wacky expressions. The files are each 4k resolution with alpha channel so they’re easily able to be dragged and dropped into the timeline of your favorite editing software. Works with all editing software like Premiere Pro, Vegas, & Final Cut Pro.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE DOWNLOAD
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Emoji's were animated by me using the illustrations created by @Masadepan hosted on Freepik.com
Please note these animations are only to be used for personal and not commercial use.
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Hiring a video editor can be a daunting task. Especially small businesses or individuals who are unfamiliar with hiring freelance creatives for single projects. Here are 7 essential questions to ask yourself before hiring a video editor (aka me🙋). This will allow you to communicate and collaborate effectively with your editor and help set clear objectives and deadlines for your video projects. Taking the time to think through even just a few of these questions will an editor be able to create a product that achieves your desired result and save you a lot of time, frustration and money.
1) What audience is this video for?
2) What "takeaway" or overall impression should that audience get from watching the video?
3) How long do you expect the length or duration of the video to be?
4) What format was the video footage shot in and what additional assets, such as photos, motion graphics and visual fx, need to be created?
5) How do you plan on delivering all the footage and assets to your video editor?
6) How do you want the final video delivered back to you from your editor and in what format?
7) What is the timeline for this project?
Hope these questions help sort through the confusion of that can occur when talking to us "creatives" and lead to many fruitful collaborations and successful video projects!
LET'S MAKE SOMETHING WONDERFUL!
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.
Website by Robert James Gabriel