Heres a well-choreographed fun video you gotta see. A one-take music video to the tune I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. The camera begins outside a building on the University Montreal Quebecs campus, and then travels through out the building, hovering down hallways, peeking into classrooms, gliding up stairs and down, finally finishing in the TV/film departments studio with more than 170 students performing and lip-syncing all in just one take.The students planned this for a month, and performers had one week to learn the song, and just hours for a run through. They had 2 rehearsals, and shot two tries, the second clip being done in just one take. And you thought university students only studied math and science. You gotta see I Gotta Feeling. For a different take on the extreme end of movie/film/video producing, Ken Burns latest PBS series launched last night, and this time he didnt have to rely on the pan-and-scan Ken Burns Effect to tell his story. The National Parks Americas Best Idea is a 12 hour series that took Burns and partner Dayton Duncan and their film crew all over the United States, filing from dawn to dusk and beyond, to capture the beauty of the national parks. This story is not just of the people who assured these national parks would stay public, but it also offers up some incredible time-lapse footage of places in the parks that you might not ever know existed. At one time I lived near the entrance to Yosemite, and never tired of finding something new about the majestic waterfalls and rock formations. From well-known parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone to extremely remote areas in Alaska and Hawaii, Burns' images make you feel like youre there, and any video producer who strives to make documentaries should check out this series. Ken Burns is the master of story-telling, it's no surprise that Reel Screen magazine called Burns one of the most influential documentary makers of all time. University Montreal – Quebec's music video and Ken Burns' new series, two movies, extremely differnt, both are worth watching!

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  1. I certainly do agree with you, Dylan, I saw something recently about a 4 yr old rocking to “Juke Box Hero” and I thought it was cute but was surprised it hadn’t been taken down. Our Art Director did a nice little vacation piece recently where she included 10-seconds of a popular 80s-era song and got a pull-down from YouTube for using it. Does YT do the monitoring? Or does BMI or ASCAP find these and demand the pulldown? At Videomaker, we advocate following the rules and our “What’s Legal” column is quite popular, and it’s mostly about Fair Use and Copyright. It’s a confusing world.

  2. This is something we’ve been discussing, too. We shared a story awhile back about an 80s era song getting re-visited by thousands after a wedding bridal party danced to it while going down the aisle. The original band opted for it to stay as it was bringing them income. The same with a few original songs where the songwriter wasn’t able to get a record deal, so posted on YouTube and the popularity of the number of hits caught some music producers eye and B-I-N-G-O… recording contract. The rules are becoming more and more gray, and nothing is absolute anymore.

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