I’ve been extremely privileged this past month to be a part of the production and post-production teams for a local Phoenix, Arizona independent TV show pilot called “House Call”. Written and Directed by Jonathan R. Millard and Chancellor J. Lastra, House Call is an independent production by their company Second Chance Productions. My role during production on the show was as the Boom Operator. And during post production, I’ve been one of the Film Editors and the Sound Editor. One of my jobs as a Film Editor was to design and edit the main title sequence for the show. Co-Director and Producer Chance Lastra shot a bunch of video footage in Las Vegas, Nevada that he wanted to use for the title sequence since the show was set there. The footage was all shot in partial HD on a mini handheld camcorder. Shot at night, most of the footage had a rough, out-of-focus look, but with an incredible kaleidoscope of light and color. Upon first watching it, I immediately had the thought that this video footage looked like it was shot by someone driving through Vegas as a tourist. My concept for the title sequence was simple: to embrace the fast, choppy, abstract, and artistic look of the handheld video footage and use it in a quick-paced edit set to quick-paced music.
This 44-second main title video uses my favorite bits of Chance’s footage. The video starts with a royalty-free HD clip of time-lapse aerial video over Las Vegas from DigitalJuice.com. But everything else was shot by Chance. All the work putting together this motion-graphics video sequence was done in Adobe After Effects CS5. For the titles themselves, I chose a font called “spotlight” that had a neon sign look, apropos for the Vegas setting. The music is “Tribulations” from LCD Soundsystem, which is the “placeholder” music that inspired me for this video and what I cut too. The music will get replaced eventually since we don’t have the rights to use it for the show, but it definitely had the feel and beat that I was looking for. I’ve gotten pretty attached to it now, but I’m sure we can have something with a similar tone created for the show. Or maybe we can get LCD Soundsystem to let us use their song? You never know!