Let me give you a background on why this video exists. I was dying to work with Final Cut Pro X and use a SLR to shoot a video of my city, Sacramento, CA. At this point, I had never used a SLR for video and wasn’t sure what it would be like. I had an idea of what I wanted to do. I grabbed a few friends and went shooting for 6+ hours.
November in the City is beautiful. Sacramento is considered the city of trees. With that many trees and fall in full force it added some major production value. My original idea was to capture various parts of Sacramento and try to convey how cool it really was. Well, it didn’t happen that way (not to say Sacramento isn’t cool).
After spending quite a bit of time trying to force my clips into the original idea, I got frustrated and stopped. Over and over, I kept using the excuse, “I need more shots.” In my head I was ready to give up and leave the video in the “nice try” pile. Despite attempt after attempt of getting more shots, it wasn’t working.
I went back to the proverbial drawing board and started fresh. After looking at all my clips sitting in Final Cut and having many conversations with friends, I figured out what I could really do with what I had and went for it. I scrapped my previous work and the result is the video you see above. My video of Sacramento turned into a video about my friends and I experiencing Sacramento.
Overall this video represents the ability to conquer the mental blocks and discouragement that comes while traveling through the creative process.