One Minute, One Sound

The challenge: use a single sound repeatedly. A repeated sound can become unpleasant very quickly, which creates tension and suspense in this short surrealistic video. Paranoid from Dina Lydia on Vimeo. The main figure is placed in changing and melting environments. Threatening laughter is heard as glimpses of distorted faces fade in and out. For […]

One minute: Alki in October

Another neighborhood 1-minute impression: a perfect misty fall afternoon in West Seattle. The color palette is subdued, the mood gentle and sentimental. I used only the clips that matched the pace of the music (no motorcycles!) and linked them with a simple crossfade. Alki October from Dina Lydia on Vimeo.

One minute at Alki beach

Another in a series of short fun local videos with music. This was featured as an image of interest on my local news blog, West Seattle Blog. TIP: Music MUST reflect the visuals, and vice-versa. Lively continuous activity and smooth transitions are the key on this one. I eliminated any that were too slow or […]

V-blog montage

Vimeo’s Weekend Challenge: to make a V-blog using previously unused video clips — something nearly everyone with a digital device collects in abundance, these days. Mine’s two minutes of diverse eye-catching clips and music — fun to watch I hope, even if you don’t know me, my city, or my friends. Music, colors, and transitions […]

Island Reverie

Three clips shot in Puget Sound’s San Juan Islands. Rain, fog, and rolling sea create a Zen-like montage when combined with simple and beautiful music. Island Reverie from Dina Lydia on Vimeo. I used a minimum of text – to leave the dreamlike ambience uninterrupted. Special effects include slowed timing, changes in hue, and whispery transitions. […]

A Video Memoir

A 5-minute video memoir chapter dramatized with pictures, animations, type, music, and sound effects. Starring my mother! I’m in the process of creating a biographical piece beginning with the 1920s. Luckily Mom has a nice clear voice and likes to tell stories. Today’s viewer expects to be entertained and diverted by such enhancements. Vimeo Music […]

1-Minute Seattle Tasty tour

Vimeo’s “Weekend Challenge” theme: a tasty tour, displaying my city’s cuisine and general vibe. I boiled down scenes shot in several hours to fit the one-minute limit. The delightful relaxed and happy music is a track from Vimeo’s Music Store.

Westcrest Dog Park 2

I combined the video clips I shot on a July afternoon with a medley of 2 music tracks, and transitions that make it entertaining. The sky was hazy, making ideal photography conditions, much better than bright sunlight. Shooting animal activity requires attention to quickly moving action that otherwise would be lost forever! The Vimeo link […]

Video in the Dog Park 1

I plan to do more in the dog park because this one was fun! An hour in a nearby dog park yielded material for a one-minute video – part of my “Video in the Hood” series. The challenge was to extract the best clips from free-form dog activity. They don’t take direction, so I had to […]