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First @Luke, I did like the raw in you face street type format, it worked for you. I too feel you found a format that in time you will make your own. Each producer/director sees something different in a shot, think of a rainbow, two people standing next to each CANNOT see the same rainbow, it has never happened and never will. A rainbow is the refraction of light through water droplets, therefore ones location is relevant to ones perspective of the rainbow. The same is true for production/direction, what one brings to the table (or eye piece) is a collection of ones life events and his view of the world. That said, your work re-worked is another persons view of the rainbow, keep standing in your place, soon your glasses will be clear. All in all I think you did a nice job. I lived in Houston back in 75-77, (ages 8-10) my memories of that time should never be spoken of in public, so I almost did not watch it because of its location, but I did because I did watch your other videos and wanted to see your progress.
Second @Bruce, I may be dismembered for this. Last year at a talent show a teen boy did a nice YO-YO skit, He worked very hard on his act and even timed it with carefully chosen music. In fact the music was critical to the entire act. I shot that talent show and made 300 DVD’s and gave them to everyone that was in the show. It took me several months to edit over 4 hours video from three cameras. The audio and video came out good. When I gave the DVD’s away my son posted segments of the talent show on Youtube, and he did not like the YO-YO act music so he changed it. I had a talk with my son about altering the video of someone’s work. I told him if he did not like the music then do not post the video, or ask the young man about overlaying another track. But I told my son that I owned the copyright and to remove his altered video. My point?
My son was free to offer verbal advice, and even send him some suggestions to ask about (they know each other) overlaying it, but he did not he just took it upon himself to alter his work. Later we saw the young man again and his feelings were affected by the altered video (he saw it before it was removed) my son did make thinks right.
When I took a writing class, my instructor felt one piece I did could you some brushing up before publishing, I said OK. In every other case the instructor would mark in red what she felt needed improvement, however in this case I did not see it again until the proof came off the press. She re-wrote the entire piece but used my concept, she just altered the title, and the color a bit, but it was no longer mine. I demanded it be left out of publication, I was told no because it would greatly affect the layout of the magazine (before computers were used) it was published under my “fake” name.
My Point? IMO it is OK to offer advice, pointers and tips, but I think a line is crossed when someone re-works your work with what they feel it should have looked like. Luke is seeking advice on how to improve his talent, and what he produced for the event worked, and in time he will learn the finer tips, and some of that is by people telling him. But to take a persons work and re-work the entire project, it is no longer his but yours, you took existing video and re-worked it through your eye of life experience.
Art produced is in the eye of the producer.
As you can see this is a soft spot for me because I have had so many do it to me that were in the end wrong because it was not my vision.
I hope I did not offend you Bruce?