Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Interview with bBoy JJ Pop and bBoy Arrow

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Taking it back to the streets and parks of NYC again with some solid bBoy (breakdancing) action. This time we catch up with bBoy JJ Pop, an independent Pop-Locker, and bBoy Arrow of Brooklyn Rhythm Crew as they hit the linoleum in a park in Queens. This shoot was part of the bBoy in the Park shoot I did with my friend and fellow filmmaker Javier Goin for our project SKILLZ Magazine which will be launching in the very near future. The editing is basically done for the DVD and now we are going to be dropping in the transitions between segments.
Anyway, back to the bBoy action for today's installment of "Docmaker on the Go".

7 comments:

Brett said...

Lyn - this is a great project. I'm a documentary filmmaker myself and I've often wanted to discipline myself to make short form work like this. I can't get over the idea that docs are hard work and best saved for the office, not something to mix up with the more pleasurable work of videoblogging. So appreciate seeing this!

Would you consider yourself a "cinema verite" documentary filmmaker? (or Direct Cinema) I've noticed you don't insert yourself, as a person or formally, into the clips - you let the people speak for themself. Why? What are your thoughts on that?

Technically, I think you might want to try going for bigger file sizes - the quality of the compression leaves a bit to be desired. More kbps per second would give you a much richer and clearer image. Unless you are aiming for dial-up, there's no reason to fear making videos upwards of 20mb, especially since you are hosting it for free on ourmedia.

Whats your next topic? I'll be watching...
Brett

Lynn Lane said...

Brett...

Thanks for stopping in and checking this out! I know what you mean when you say that docs are hard work and usually best saved for the office. I guess I am kind of a guy who is stuck in doc mode for the most part though and my vlog is an extension of my other work.

I was truly a "cinema verite" style docmaker before making more arthouse style films. Now my projects take on more of an arc within the story. I am never on the camera to this point. In the future, I may be on some of my vlog videos but never on my other films. (I know, never say never...lol)

I kept the quality at 300kbs compression on Quicktime 7 coming through compressor 2 because I was worried about slower connection speeds of viewers. The videos themselves are crystal clear prior to compression but I just wanted to have a smaller file for people to be able to see. I'll drop a few videos soon with a higher kbs rate to see the difference. Thanks for that suggestion!

Amanda said...

Awesome vids, Lynn. And great that you are posting so often. I LOVE documentaries, but have a super short attention span so these are perfect for me. Brett is right about the compression though... gotta fix that. Looking forward to the next one!

Lynn Lane said...

Amanda,

Thanks for checking out my vlog! I've been a huge fan of yours since I was first introduced to this vlogosphere. I actually believe yours was one of the first 3 that I ever saw. I'll try a new compression on today's (Thursday October 27, 2005) entry. I'll kick up the kbs rate and see how the quality changes. I truly appreciate the suggestions. My first video and one other I tried at a lower kbs rate and they didnt' come out as well as I had hoped. I've never been completely happy with the video quality of the others but having heard from you and brett, I'll try another setting in Compressor 2.

The Faux Press said...

This form of dance is so very alive. Thank you for covering it. I'm a subscriber!

Lynn Lane said...

Jan,

Thanks! I'm a fan of your site as well. I just subscribed to it. I thought that I already was though. Stay tuned for more interesting installments in the bBoy arena.

Lynn Lane said...

Jan....did you see the "King Uprock Interview" that I put up on Tuesday? Uprocking preceded bBoy style and is viewed as the father of what is known as bBoy/breakdancing today.