Original Assignment (4 stars)
For this assignment, we were asked to pick a TV series that has ended, and make a trailer using clips from various episodes. Many series came to mind, like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and Entourage to name a few. I decided to go with HBO’s original series, True Detective. This was an awesome series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It’s been rumored that the mini-series is returning for another season with different characters. Rumor has it that Brad Pitt is supposed to join the cast.
There were so many great scenes to use, but I had to narrow them down accordingly. My trailer ended up being two minutes on the dot. I grabbed some HD video scenes and the HBO intro from Youtube and converted them to MP4 using KeepVid. Next, I knew I wanted to throw in an image representing the series towards the end. Thanks to Google, I found an HD image that worked beautifully.
Now I was ready to begin importing and editing. As I stated earlier, the most difficult part of this assignment was deciding which scenes to use. I did not put the scenes in any type of order because I did not want to spoil it for anyone who may want to consider watching it. Other than that, editing was a breeze (really starting to feel comfortable with it). Transitions (fade to black) were added at the beginning and end for a smooth intro/outro. Some of the clips were louder than others, so I had to tweak them to match the others as best as I could. Lastly, I added a “Credits” screen at the end to make it seem more authentic. Overall, I’m happy with my work, and can’t wait to tackle the next video assignment.
If you have not had the chance to watch this series, please do so (highly recommended). Enjoy the Trailer!