A Smartphone Movie of Union Station? Why?
Dash Kitten blog is all about taking pictures and making movies, and as part of my goal of showing readers how you can create and edit your own movies on a computer or on a smartphone, I gave myself a challenge.
UNION STATION SMARTPHONE MOVIE
The Smartphone Movie Challenge
I shot and edited my Union Station movie entirely on my iPhone 6 using the Videoshop app. I have had some experience using Videoshop before, and this helped speed up the editing process.
If you want to set your own movie challenge I suggest playing around with your video editor first. Your smartphone will have a basic movie editor which works fine. If you want to add some cute touches Videoshop, Adobe Rush and iMovie are all good apps to try.
If you know how to trim clips, add a transition and a title then when you are out and about filming it’s one less thing to stress about.
I uploaded my finished movie using wi-fi when I was back at the hotel. When you upload your video, remember it will be larger than most of your images so be conscious of the data you might use and utilise free wi-fi when you can.
As I was on the move I wanted to keep my movie storyline simple.
The aim is to give viewers a glimpse at the atmosphere of Kansas City’s historic Union Station and show a glimpse of its extravagant past.
As I filmed, workers were finishing the current refurbishment project that is transforming the Station into a tourist attraction and a reflection on an amazing past. It is also a tribute to the co-operative venture that crossed several organisations and government departments.
A Narrow Escape in Kansas City
I am glad I shot the footage when I did because the following day massively tall cream coloured curtains were placed across the platform hall area for a private event. These obscured the magnificent ceiling view and a security guard was keeping everyone out of the area. I would have missed a wonderful opportunity.
Lesson? Carpe Diem – Live for today, seize the moment. Grab your smartphone, take that footage NOW. Keep a focus, try to get some quality clips and get filming. Whatever you can film is better than the frustrating feeling of a missed opportunity.
The Union Station renovation is an unprecedented collaboration across state borders, city jurisdictions and funding channels. The result is a tremendous city feature that hosts exhibitions, cafe’s and the Famous Harvey’s Restaurant.
Yes, trains run through here too! I also recommend the Parisi Cafe too, their coffee is amongst the best in Kansas City!
Smartphone Movie Challenges
Here are a few points to ensure your smartphone movie will be a success.
Top Smartphone Tips:
- Keep your shots steady. You can use a wall to brace against or walk forward carefully while recording.
- Make sure you can import, edit and then upload with your smartphone movie software. Don’t try to learn while you are in the middle of a movie project.
- Remember there may be extraneous noise when you are outside. Don’t panic, this can be lowered/removed during editing.
- Have a few royalty free or purchased music tracks for your film. I used AudioJungle.com part of the Envato stable.
- For my movie I used VideoShop. This app is not hard to learn and is available for iPhone and Android.
- Buy our Movie Making eBook (50% goes to Place for Cats Foster Network)
The iPhone VideoShop Screen
If you are unfamiliar with what a video editor can look like, here is a screenshot of Videoshop on an iPhone. You can see the beginning of our Union Station movie. You will see various elements that will become more familiar as you practice.
At the top is the timeline of available footage, a timer to show wherein the movie you are, and a text box can be repositioned. Below the movie viewer, you will see tools such as Text, Voice, and Trim. Other options are revealed by scrolling left and right.
The box highlighted in white at the bottom is the clip currently being edited. A block can easily be clicked and dragged to a new location, and if you want to add a transition, it will appear to the right of the highlighted clip. Further options include changing speed, rotating and resizing, playing a clip in reverse and adding a backing track of royalty-free or purchased music.
What are you waiting for?
Grab your smartphone, or your DSLR if you have one, and just get out there and make a short movie with a simple story.
Our movie is about 1 min. 15 seconds and tells you about Union Station. What will your one-minute movie be about?
- Find my starter page for smartphone movies here if you need more help.
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.
She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.