Ellie's latest and greatest video. I named it The Big Show, because it's a pageant of spectacle and pomp.
This short film took Ellie about three days of steady work. She first drew all the backgrounds and printed them out, draining our expensive ink cartridges dry. She folded the backgrounds in half and used them as a backdrop to the photographs of her toys, which she carefully arranged to one half of the frame, allowing her to illustrate the other half of her multi-media slides. She inserted the transition frames by hand, picking one she liked and copy and pasting it between the shots that needed breaking up. The illustrations were done using an app that she found called Mega Draw, which allows the user to draw on photos taken with an iphone or ipod touch.
Ellie also timed all the movement of the film by carefully choosing which frames were multiplied to give them more footage. Certain shots were longer than others.
The accompanying music was not of Ellie's doing. I had put all the frames together in a film format for her, but I didn't know what to do with the moving mouths. She obviously meant the characters to be singing or saying something, but I had no idea what. I tried desperately to get her to tell me what they were saying, but I had no luck. The movements of the characters and opening and closing of the mouths were so rhythmic that I was certain that they were singing. To what tune? What song? These questions were not to be answered. I tried letting her watch the film and ducked behind a wall to see if she would add her own soundtrack, but she never did.
Finally, I called Nikos over to see what he thought. I played the video for him and told him I was stumped. He watched intently for a few seconds, and said, "I know what song this is." It's the Beatles--"Hello, Goodbye".
And darn it all if he wasn't right. It is really an exact match.
I played it for Ellie with the new soundtrack to see if I could judge from her reaction if we were right. Her response wasn't very enthusiastic, so we might have some more thinking to do, but personally I think the song works amazingly, so until we figure out something different, it'll stay as is.