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Wissahickon Ambient Video: Sample

This is a sample from a longer, as-yet-untitled ambient video piece I've been working on for a while.

Let's begin by saying that the music is by Chris Zabriskie, who's made a lot of his excellent ambient music available at the Free Music Archive. It's under a Creative Commons license for free use, as long as the artist is credited, but since I'd like to sell my full-length video in some form or another, I've emailed him about the project to work things out. But it appears that a sampler can be released, for now.

So what's the story here? During the summer, I'd ride my bike up to the Wissahickon, and I started bringing my video cameras with me. I figured that I might make a nice atmospheric video for my own enjoyment: get some nice nature shots, lay in some music, and have it play in the background while I did important things like edit video, write, sketch house renovations, sleep, or whatever. (The music I use for my home, personal version includes some Ravi Shankar, some of Peter Gabriel's soundtrack from The Last Temptation of Christ, and other good stuff.) I figure there's probably a market for this, as well: I've seen some videos that are collections of gorgeous nature shots of places like Costa Rica and Monument Valley and the like, and the Wissahickon has a lot that's at least as gorgeous.

Assuming that I can clear the music, and find some good sounds from the footage (you can hear traffic from nearby thoroughfares a lot of the time), I may have something that people can watch while they're meditating, or something that a yoga studio'd have on their big-screens, or whatnot. But how do I sell this? I'm finding that the major pay-for-video-distribution systems are a little tough to get into. Vimeo seems the easiest, at $200 a year: iTunes has a raft of requirements and costs close to two grand. Manufacturing DVDs or Blu-Ray disks is, for now, prohibitively expensive: I'd have to pre-sell a lot of disks, before I can have them made. So, for now, this sampler should work as a preview, and as a portfolio item.


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Jan. 4th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
The music is a good fit for the movement of the water. Do you have more close ups of things like rocks and pools of water? It might be nice to see more shots like that, for variety. I loved the shots of the rotted stump with the bug crawling across it!
Jan. 5th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
I do hope you find a way to distribute this. I'd want a copy, and I know three other people I would want to give copies to, just off the top of my head. And I'm betting each of those families would know people, etc etc etc.
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