Thematic Montage

     
 
This Movie Maker 2012 exercise teaches:
 


● How to construct and pace a montage
● How to accelerate, retard, and reverse motions
● How to rotate film clips horizontally and vertically
● How to create special effect visual distortions
● How to assert theme and variation in montage using similarity and repetition

 
( Movie Maker 2012 downloads free here if your Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS lacks this Windows Essentials software).

 

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  1. Download these shots of baseball fans filing into a ball park and street cars approaching and departing a station. Accelerating, freezing, and reversing them, you'll construct a montage combining clockwork people and machines that dream them.  
  2. In Movie Maker, create a new widescreen project. Call it "Thematic Montage." Import "streetcar1, streetcar2, streetcar3, streetcar4, and streetcar5" to your collections.  
  3. From streetcar5 select the first ten seconds and add it to the workspace. From streetcar1 select the final ten seconds. Drag it next to the streetcar5 segment already in the work space.  
  Change one streetcar's direction. Drag the "mirror, horizontal" effect onto the streetcar1 footage in the workspace.
 
  4. Drag the last ten seconds of streetcar5 into the workspace again. Drag and drop the "speed up, double" video effect to the clip to accelerate it. Experiment with more directional effects. To two shots you have created several different effects—one flipped, one accelerated. You choose.
 
  5. To add a pair of streetcars rushing, drag approximately 12 seconds of streetcar3 into the workspace. Apply the "speed up, double" effect. Apply the "rotate 180" effect to rotate the clip upside down. Repeat, again dragging this 12 second segment of streetcar3 into the work space, next to the upside down segment. Apply the "speed up, double" effect. View your montage segment. You can add a touch of color and background sound, too.  
  6. Import crowd1 and crowd 2. From crowd1 and crowd2 select 8-10 ten-second segments (you choose which) and drag each to the work space.
 
  7. Freeze a frame. (Click the camera button under the image in the preview pane, then import the still to your collections.)  
  Repeat, again dragging this 12 second segment of streetcar3.mov into the work space, this time atop the now upside down segment. Select Cutaway. Set this clip's speed to 800%. Set opacity at 50%. View your montage segment. With a touch of color and background sound, your montage segments resembles this one.
 
  7. Import crowd1.mov and crowd 2.mov. From crowd1.mov and crowd2.mov select 8-10 ten-second segments (you choose which) and drag each to work space.  
  8. Apply the "speed up, double" effect to each of the 10-second segments you added (but not the freeze frame).  
  9. Add a "checkerboard" transition between the last streetcar shot and the first crowd shot. Add a "fade-out-to-black" transition to terminate the montage. Repeating and varying shot elements in twelve minutes of documentary footage, you created a short thematic montage like Vertov did.  
  10. Add a Mosaic transition between the last streetcar shot and the first crowd shot. Add a Fade-to-Black transition to terminate the montage. Repeating and varying shot elements in twelve minutes of documentary footage, you created a short thematic montage like Vertov did.  
  11. You're done.  
 
 
  Want to play more? Mirror one or more of the crowd shots. "Ease in" on a detail using a video effect. Add color and music. Your thematic montage now looks something like this.