Two-Hundred Eighty-Six



October 4, 2016

Much has happened over the last week!  I had planned to write a post about how we settled the squirrel problem with our bird feeder, but there has just been so much rain lately.


Since we have had all this rain, I have not spent a whole lot of time outdoors.  Additionally, work has been a little stressful over the last week with a couple things, but as they say,

This, too, shall pass.

Random pics of the pups… just because.

Yeah, so anyhow, I am at a little bit of a loss for words here today… so how ’bout a short movie on just how resolved the squirrel situation is instead? ; )

This is a movie I made this morning with some footage I took over the last week of our little bird feeder setup.  Let me explain just a little bit…

So I never was interested in video.  I figured video should be left to the professionals in Hollywood, and that cameras are to be used for photographs only.  You know… because “that’s the way it has always been.”  Well…


Hogwash is the vocabulary word for the week.  It means that I shouldn’t make assumptions about anything, because compiling photographs into movies and photographs with short video clips and sound and titles and whatever else is just another fantastic way of making memories.  And so far, it has been a lot more fun than solely working in Photoshop.

Now this video I made of the birds (that is also coming soon to a major theatre near you) is not so much about the birds as it is about a small personal accomplishment.  This is the third day I have owned the software and the second video clip I created.  In this video, I made a small project of finding something around the house worth capturing and then created a small storyboard to go along with it.  I used the clips in a way to tell a story about the rise and fall of the backyard squirrel and set it neatly to a musical score, Fur Elise.

I was debating on including speech captions, like the way old silent films were done, but in the end I decided not to.  If I was successful, then you will create the words in your own mind on how the story goes.  : )

The first video I made can be viewed by clicking here.  While I’d like to talk a lot more about that one… it will require its own post.  Deservingly, I might add… So watch it, let me know if you enjoy it, and I look forward to writing about it soon.

In the end, this what I learned: Modern video editing is a long way from the days of shoulder-mounted, Quad D-battery-propelled, VHS recording apparatuses.  Long way.  So I am very happy with that.  But more so, I’d love to hear your commentary on it.  I am listening here… or Facebook… or YouTube…





One thought on “Two-Hundred Eighty-Six

  1. Excellent video. Loved the clarity of it.
    I think that the captions that you had in mind would have added a nice touch.

    Loved the overture tuned to the flap of the wings as the bird rises to the feeder. 👍🏽👍🏽

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