We had a blast yesterday, filming a video holiday greeting at our city park. We just might be making a tradition out of making a video greeting to send to friends and family. Last year, we made a slideshow of the lovely fall foilage in a nearby canyon, set to music. This year, we did a silly lip-sync to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas- John Denver and the Muppets-style.
The lip sync idea was completely inspired by a family video greeting I saw last year on Vimeo. This family does a first-rate, professional, ultra-creative video production- and I bet you might thoroughly enjoy their holiday videos, even if you don't know them! Go visit Melancholy Smile- it's her family that does the videos, and take your pick of great videos to view-from the right sidebar of the blog.
In order to have the key prop for our video, we had to make a figgy pudding! We used the recipe from this NPR article on the history and making of figgy pudding. Ours turned out great- really an "old world" taste. I like the taste much better than the packaged Christmas puddings we tried in England a few years ago. Even though we didn't use the alcohol, our rum and fruit extract substitutions really made for a nice flavor.
The video was a real challenge- I really enjoy making videos, but aligning a video track with a separate audio track proved to be really difficult! We took the music track out to the park with us, and sang/moved along to it in our individual segments. That helped a lot with synching up the music with our mouths.
We are pleased with how it came out! We hope you enjoy!
Have a very enjoyable holiday season!