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Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!

Posted by ZIA 
ZIA
Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 07, 2006 12:24PM
Hi guys,
I have a song that I wrote, sang & played drums on it.
I then made a video for it.
It is about the tough times we have to face today.
The story that when you're a kid, you get along with other kids and friends.
But as you get older, you become different individuals and you don't get along with each other.
So, we should learn to put our differences aside and get along with each other and face these toughest times.
the hourglass represents the "time".
towards the end of the video, you'll see the video playing in reverse.
Which simply represents the time being reversed.

Check it out & give me your opinion.
Song is in a different language but it means "Challenging The Times"
Here's the Link:
[www.zznfilms.com]
then click on "Music Video".
You guys can also check out the demo reel.
Thanks so much,

ZIA
Re: Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 07, 2006 01:21PM
- groovy color effects!
- nice use of dreamy whimsical effcts...
- good production on the music. but several parts of the vocal were flat.

only criticisms on the video from me are that there are way too many cheesey bouncy and flying clock elements and not enough emphasis on people. then again the sepecific lyrics might not speak about people - im just going on your original description.

where was this all shot?
ZIA
Re: Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 07, 2006 02:45PM
Thanks,
It was shot here in Sugar Land, TX. in the country side.
Sugar Land is my home.
I used GenArts Sapplhire plugins for color correct and fx.
You can see the "before and after" page on my website at www.zznfilms.com

Zia
Re: Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 07, 2006 04:22PM
ahhh, thats right! i thought you were a fellow houstonian. my office in in the heights on 20th street.
Re: Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 07, 2006 10:06PM
It is brilliantly directed, very good at creating tension and excitement, and artful. The performances are all very well done, and the special effects are remarkable. I'm utterly satisfied by what I saw, and I wouid see it again gladly.

I know from my own experiences in film that there are a million points during the lengthy process for a music video to go off the rails and flop. It can be 98% there and that final 2% can just turn it into a stinker. When a music video manages to succeed on most levels, deliver what it promises and provide an enjoyable escape from reality, it needs to be noted and applauded. This is such a music video. I didn't find a single thing about it that didn't work, that didn't contribute to the success of the whole. I understood the concept and I was very exhilarated by it, and I recommend it to audiences to buy this highly. Unfortunately I only speak English but because the visual went beyond with the music the message was delivered.

Kathy Smith
ZIA
Re: Music Video "Challenging The Times" shot on XL2 & eidted in FCP!
September 08, 2006 12:39AM
Hi Kathy,
Thanks so much for the comments.
I really appreciate it.
If I can only find a way to work with other advanced editors and creative minds, specially in LA where I would really like to go, I'd learn a whole lot more.
Thanks again,

ZIA
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