yeah...sign me up for that stuff right away....
When most people go to edit a video, they start by writing a script, then laying in all the audio first and then covering it with video.
This kind of wallpapering may make for faster and easier video (maybe, but I don't think so); but one thing it does for sure is to make for video that no one wants to watch. Or at least where no one pays any attention at all to what you are saying. Show nice enough pictures and you can either read from the Manhattan phone book (remember those?) or tell the world you are a serial killer. No one will notice.
Television and video are visual media first, second and third.
The 'script', that is, the track, comes later. Much later. Particularly when it comes to sound bites.
When I was at Columbia and later at CBS, we cut all our pieces in this way - driven by the sound first.
This makes for really mediocre television and videos.
How do I know?
The anwser, ironically, is in front of you about every 5 minutes, on TV.
Ever watch those pharmaceutical ads?
Now, those guys spend millions on each spot, but they know exactly how viewers respond.
They aren't that rich for nothing!
They layer in beauty shot after beauty shot. Attractive 'stars' of their little stories - depression, impotence, whatever the illness of the moment.
It's nicely shot and nicely cut, with a bit of music underneath to hold it together.
But listen to what they say:
Taking this drug may cause blindness, stroke, paralysis, death.....or an erection lasting more than 8 hours.
If the commercials were just audio track, that is, if they were done for radio, people would petition Congress to ban Abilify (and a lot of other drugs). Who in their right mind would put one of those things in their mouth?
But they don't.
They don't because when we watch TV or videos, we don't really pay much attention to the track.
We watch the pictures.
That's why it's called teleVISION.
But when we go to structure and cut the films and videos, we take exactly the opposite approach: we begin with the track and so, throughout the edit, we are driven by the track - the part of the flim people pay the least attention to.
This does not make any sense.
So learn from the best - your major pharmaceutical company (and their attendant insurance and medical gigabusinesscomplex).
Start with the pictures.
Then... write to what you see.