I'm so glad you asked! (Yes, I'm talking to myself in my head; that's what blogging for ten years does to a mind.)
Here's my process:
- Pick a song, any song, from one of She Mob's four albums (or sometimes from another album—that's for another post)
- Look for a film on the Prelinger Archives to re-edit and repurpose
- Place them together on Windows Movie Maker—the free and very basic editing software that works like making a collage from old magazines with digital paste
- Repurpose the film to the song
- Sit back and enjoy the accolades! (I'm waiting for this part to kick in—any day now.)
- Really appreciate that MFA in Cinema degree and all it's wrought
Yesterday I was looking for clips to use for one song, but ended up using another song entirely, because I didn't feel like getting up from my desk to make an MP3 of the originally intended song. You might call that laziness. Generally, I would agree. But in a happy accident, the MP3 I already had on the computer worked better with the footage I settled upon.
And now, too much analysis: happenstance, serendipity, coincidence—be on the lookout for these things when working on a creative project. It's fine to be tightly controlled too. Sometimes that's in keeping with the project. But in this case, a loosey-goosey approach seems to work best for me. Because I have to tap into the unconscious with these little films. They don't take long to make and are set to music; that's a dream-like realm of our brain. I hope I haven't made myself perfectly clear. I would never try to do that.
And now, from She Mob's 1999 album, "Cancel the Wedding" (a favorite of old rock critics and little kids), Mrs. Idey.