This week I finished editing my first in-class project using Final Cut Pro. We used footage given to us by our instructor, along with some of Rza’s music from the Kill Bill soundtrack. The video clips featured apparent Latino gang members who are meeting up at some back alley to perhaps go to war. But when they go to pull out their weapons (baby bottles filled with milk), you realize they are only teasing us and are actually fathers who are meeting up at a picnic gathering with their children and other family members.
The goal of the project was to build the intensity of the scene and reveal the surprise at the end (it also makes a commentary on certain stereotypes about young Latino men). The Kill Bill music helps, as does the way one might choose to piece the clips together.
I worked hard on it y’all. I’m pleased to say that after I showed mine to the class, they all applauded. What a thrill! I can’t wait to actually edit my first real project using my own footage. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a trailer from Kill Bill that includes the music that I used for my assignment.