I shot this video while playing with my nephews last week on Easter, they were so happy and full of joy that i got a little bit nostalgic :)
We should never forget how being a child was like…
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Edited: Final Cut
Additional animation: Motion
Song: Summer 78 (instrumental) by Yann tiersen
I remember my Dad’s home videos being longwinded and a chore to sit through, but maybe that’s because we don’t have the editing software we have today. I doubt Dad would have splurged on a VHS editing machine back then anyway. Today, even the basic Macbooks come with iMovie and iDvd.
It’s getting easier to find to make anything we’ve experienced cinematic. Which is why I find this video so lovely. Speaking as a future aunt to be, the prospect of making future home videos of my little niece really excites me.
It’s an interesting development; the problem is that—at least at some point—we fictionalize reality. Obviously, your run-of-the-mill family home video could use some Shooting 101, but we owe it to ourselves to remember that we shoot the video as a timeless vista of history and our lives. It is unfortunate that people are in a situation where they desire to recreate and -narrate their lives—especially if they take other people into the fiction as well.
The videographer is infusing post-processing nostalgia into present day, but nostalgia is not a cinematic technique; it is the feelings, sensations and introspection elicited by the retrospection.
Or at least it used to be?