I work as a video editor and producer for a music festival, creating the video backgrounds to performances. It’s an unpaid internship I’m doing for college credit. The company does not provide me with any funding or access to equipment, or any libraries for stock footage.
I was asked to create the video that would play alongside a Star Wars performance by a symphony orchestra. I thought it would be a cool idea to show footage from the films to go along with the different movements.
Me: So did you guys contact who you needed to get permission to show the footage during the concert?
Client: No, we thought it would just be easier for us if you just create something without going through all that legal hassle.
Me: You want me to create a random video using stock footage for a Star Wars-themed concert?
Client: Is that going to be a problem?
Me: These people are paying to see a Star Wars concert, and you’ve already advertised it as a “multimedia experience with accompanying video.” They’re going to expect to see footage from the films.
Client: Well, can’t you just make it LOOK like Star Wars without the actual footage?
Me: I have no access to good stock footage libraries, but I can try.
I made a video as best I could using free video footage, and showed them the video. I couldn’t use X-Wings, TIE Fighters or lightsabers, so I tried to make it as space-themed as I could.
Client: Why is there so much space-themed video? Can we tone that down? We’re gonna overload the audience on space imagery if we keep it like this.
In the end, the audience payed to see a Star Wars-themed concert as the festival played a video that showed flowers, cityscapes, oceans, and landscapes. The audience was not pleased.