This is a musical video made up of sounds from around my university campus I worked on as Assistant Multimedia Editor at The Peak. The audio was compiled and mixed by the lead Multimedia Editor, then I captured all the footage and edited it to sync with the audio.
Published Jul 22 2019
This video came to fruition during the last few weeks of my Summer 2019 term as Assistant Multimedia Editor for Simon Fraser University’s independent student newspaper, The Peak. I was inspired by the music videos of YouTubers like Andrew Huang and Joe Pena. We wanted to make a video in a similar style, but with an SFU focussed twist. At the time, SFU was undergoing major re-construction, so it was kind of a humorous, yet cynical soundscape about the current state of our campus.
The lead Multimedia Editor had more experience creating music/beats using digital audio software so she developed the audio/music/beat of the video. When the audio was done, I was given a few versions of the file with various isolated layers so I could hear each source independently, as well as this reference image:
We initially planned for different visual, as opposed to a video clip associated with each sound. But alas, after the audio was created I had to go around campus and record video of each sound source. Next, I basically had to recreate the audio tracks with the video versions of each, which was very slow and gruelling as I had to sync over 20 unique repeating clips.
I’d synced up every video clip with their respective sounds, I had to go through again, cropping and moving each clip into various arrangements based on what sounds were playing. At the same time I wanted to build up the amount of clips in frame at once to create a visual sense of progression. I think I was chipping away at editing this video for nearly 2 weeks by the time I finished.
With the way the lead Multimedia Editor and I had a audio handoff, I can’t image we could have improved the process and time it took to create this video. Unless either of us was able to create the beat/music using the video clips themselves, but then the audio wouldn’t have turned out as well as it did. Creating a rhythmic soundscape and a video are really quite different and this is the way it had to be created. In the end I think it was worth it, it was one of our most viewed videos for the entire year and we received a lot of positive feedback about it!