TO SPOIL OR NOT TO SPOIL? Personally I don't mind including spoilers and I don't mind finding them in other people's videos. I never watch a tribute to a film if I haven't seen the film before, why would I? I don't even watch trailers anymore cause most of them tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to show the ending of a movie to give full meaning to your tribute and sometimes you don't. In case you "spoil" the film for someone, it's their own fault for watching your video before the film itself.
I've edited 57 videos for 56 different movies (I paid tribute to Aronofsky's The Fountain twice, but I don't really like repeating films, that was an exception). I'd like to think I have different styles for different genres and that I always express my personal point of view (sometimes through the music choice, sometimes through the selection of clips and quotes). I'm gonna choose some examples of different styles of mine.
Here's my "action-packed-music-video", summing the film up in a couple of minutes, re-creating the rythm and the adrenaline feeling of this type of movie:
My "trailer-like" videos aren't really trailers, cause I always tell the whole story, including the ending of the movie, but the approach is similar to a trailer's. Mostly it's a particular track from the score that inspires me to edit a video like this, trying to re-create the narrative and the feeling of a film, in the mot faithful way, in the duration of a very characteristic music theme from the soundtrack. An example:
I really enjoy editing this type of video, I let myself get carried along by the progression and the climax of the music, using its ups and downs to reinforce the ups and downs of the story. And I always include dialogues, with either a dramatic or a comical purpose. Other videos of mine with this spirit are: Excalibur, Star Trek, Tropic Thunder or How to make an American quilt.
Sometimes I like experimenting, not necessarily telling the story, just playing with the images to create the maximum synesthesia with the music. Like this:
Other playful videos of mine: Alice in Wonderland, Black Swan, 300, Hero and my second tribute to The Fountain, which was recently blocked worldwide.
A very particular form of tribute I adopted at the very beginning of my editing career is the "Why a certain film is the best movie ever made". I've edited only two videos with this philosophy, but I have many more in mind. My first one was about Aliens, one of my top 3 favorite films, which I truly consider a masterpiece, not only of action genre, but of cinema in general. And the next one was this (a video that took a lot of time and thought):
Other very personal tributes of mine did have a lot of planning behind them, like The curious case of Benjamin Button, House of Flying Daggers or Blue Valentine.
I'd like to send you again to the very first video that opened this post, my friend somerset's tribute to his favorite film, Seven. What a brilliant piece of work, made with all the thought and care and admiration and knowledge and intensity and complexity that only a true lover of the movie can manage. It's obvious that the film means a lot to him, that he has thought a lot about why he loves it so much and how he understands it. And he shows all that magnificently in his choice of music, his selection of clips and his editing. I asked him to write something about this particular work of his: "The images and acting in this movie are incredible and I wanted a song that matched. Comptine d'un autre été, l'après-midi from Amélie was what I chose and believed it worked well as a sort of theme song for the two lead characters. This is my favourite movie and I think I could edit a 100 videos of it and not be able to display how good it really is. So for this I just tried to piece together what it is about this story that I've always been drawn to, the relationship of Mills and Somerset and the amazing directing of David Fincher". Considering the movie, many people would have chosen a dramatic, noisy, dark music, something like the title sequence theme, or one of those disturbing tracks from the score by Howard Shore. But he chose a music from another film, the tender Amélie, and applied it to this tragic story, adding an extremeley melancholic feeling that offers a whole new perspective to detectives David Mills and William Somerset's experience.