Wednesday, July 06, 2005

My First Movie

OK, I finally figured out what was wrong. A big thank you to Felis for his wonderful help and encouragement.

This is my first attempt at making a little movie, so don't have high expectations. It's weird for me to see it so small. It does lose something in the compression, but the pictures were all shot by me during my 2003 trip. If you live in Israel and spot yourself or your kid, I apologize for not getting anyone's (including the song) clearance permission. This is my attempt to lure people to visit Israel.

19 Comments:

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

Pretty impressive. I always like seeing the historical sites. I will have to check out the others.

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks. :) I can't wait to actually LEARN how to do this better.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

You have alot of ability and you will learn.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep Esther.
It's very good.
You do have the talent and patience.
In fact I liked you mini movie a lot.

 
At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Sorry Esther about the "Anonymouse" entry.
It was me, Felis.

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks Beak and Felis. I really appreciate that. Next time, maybe I'll have a concept and actually shoot some footage. ;) Oh wait! I did shoot footage already in Israel...hmm... maybe I'll try a more active...um...hmm....must think. Thanks guys!

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

Keep up the great work!

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger muse said...

Totally and utterly fantastic!!! Wow!
You're a talented lady!!!

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was fantastic Esther!
Congratulations on a job very well done.

Patrick

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

It's excellent, Esther. I like the Hebrew song, and I am impressed by the scope of different, wide-ranging aspects of Israel you managed to fit into it. My one suggestion would be to extend that last shot a wee bit longer, so you can get the whole Magen David flag into it.

Also: Uh... what's a "fufuprod"? heh

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger Esther said...

cloojew, muse, patrick -- thank you!!!

Patrick, just a little info for you. The Hebrew song is Hatikva (The Hope), Israel's National Anthem, sung by Barbra Streisand at Israel's 30th Birthday Celebration. The last shot doesn't have the whole Israel flag in it? It does on my end (in my original), or at least as much of it as I have (it's sort of curled up). But the compression might have done something. But increasing its length a tiny pit is a good idea. Thank you. :) And I wondered when fufu would be caught. It's a production company whose name is.... um.... commentary on what Hollywood does to a person... and how it'd do it to you twice. If that doesn't make it clear to you, let me know. ;)

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Absolutely AWESOME, Esther! Great job. Just seeing those images really made me want to return. I had a hunch that was Barbra Streisand, but I was in denial until I read the comments. (My personal favorite is "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" by Naomi Shemer. Trying to learn it on the guitar.) You truly are a very gifted lady. Can't wait for your next project!

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

Nice work!

Even if it was "Bab's," the music was well chosen, IMO. ;)

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

well I'm sold!

 
At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Lovely, Esther. I hope you'll be doing more of these. Also, for anybody who's thinking of going to Israel for the first time, don't limit yourself to the holy sites. There's a whole other country out there...the real Israel. The club scene in Tel Aviv rivals New York and the waters in Eilat are as beautiful as anything in the Caribbean. And do try to meet Israelis. They're some of the most hospitable people in the world.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

Here is one I just ran across that may interest you.

http://portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/07/09/wmunich09.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/07/09/ixportal.html

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Esther said...

jonathan -- thank you for the glowing review! :)

Thanks, Sarge. Yeah, Babs can be a controvercial choice but you can't argue with her instrument -- at least not 25+ years ago.

rachel -- excellent. :)

rory, thanks! And great add-on info. I want to go back and hit some of those places you mentioned that I didn't make it to because of time. I'm going to try to do more. I just have to think of a theme. I may not do a music video but actually use footage. Hmm...

Thanks gindy for the link. It'd be nice if Spielberg could be a bit more responsible.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger BillyBudd said...

Hard to top a first effort like that!

Maybe Gwen Stefani on vocals?

Just kidding

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger David said...

great movie - you are so far ahead of me, but for vacation I think my first choice will always be Bahgdad
By th etime it is rebuilt - i will be able to afford airfare ( a joke) always wanted to go to Israel, maybe in two years

 

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