Need help with this clip - A Day in the Life of a Bodybuilder

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Mike Pulcinella
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Competitive bodybuilding is a 24/7 lifestyle. In order to please his sister and attend his nephew's birthday party, Dave Pulcinella must cram all of his normal daily bodybuilding activities into the space of a few hours. (This is the center section of a longer sequence that includes a setup and conclusion to this segment of the story.)

http://vimeo.com/4304471

My concerns:

Is it too frenetic? Not frenetic enough?

Does it sustain interest without voiceover?

Is it too long?

pkbristol
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I was glued, the clip sums up exactly the life of a bodybuilder, i've done some bodybuilding myself, not at Dave's level though and i think the clip sums up how basically life revolves around food and the gym, people who don't train just don't see how it's "important" to eat the right things at the right times and train at the right times, sometimes it's hard making people understand when you say, "no i can't do this or that because i HAVE to train or eat", they just say, "well you can do it later, it won't matter", IT DOES MATTER.
I think the clip demonstrates the sometimes frustration when Daves trying to remember what times to eat what, and he's taking that food to a party where there's gonna be all that nice food and he can't eat it, some at the party will say, "just have one cake it won't hurt", ARGH, SHUT UP IT WILL HURT.

Paul.

Mike Pulcinella
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I have been condensing this day down to three minutes for quite some time now and, as we all know here, after a while you get too close to your material to know if what you've done is any good, and how much is still in your head.

Thanks Paul! Your response means very much to me because if YOU can relate to it then I've done my job.

Runaround Who
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Fascinating - although I had to wait till nearly 3 minutes for the good stuff! I had not idea that the diet took up so much time. A few wobbly camera shots early on that I would perhaps trim but that's just my pet hate.

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Mike Pulcinella
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Runaround Who wrote:
Fascinating - although I had to wait till nearly 3 minutes for the good stuff! I had not idea that the diet took up so much time. A few wobbly camera shots early on that I would perhaps trim but that's just my pet hate.

What was the "good stuff" in your opinion??

I hate the wobblies too! I'll take another look at it and see if they can go.

Runaround Who
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Sorry Mike. That was me being sexist and admiring the scenery when he was working out! Totally 4got that you'd think I meant the work.

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Mike Pulcinella
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Runaround Who wrote:
Sorry Mike. That was me being sexist and admiring the scenery when he was working out! Totally 4got that you'd think I meant the work.

Oh! ha ha ha!! No apology required!

Admiring the bodies is a a big part of what makes this sport interesting for BOTH sexes. I'm glad you mentioned it because it is something that I tend to overlook because he is my brother. I need to be reminded from time to time that for many fans this is a sexy sport as well as a grueling one.

Runaround Who
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Just wondering if some of the more mundane tasks of the day couldn't use a bit of speeding up perhaps if you are looking to cut it back a little?

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Mike Pulcinella
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I think you are right. A few shots could be trimmed or removed entirely and few others increased in speed. I now think I could trim 15-30 seconds off the total time with no loss of clarity. The danger here is if it gets TOO short then it begins to undermine how difficult the day was for him.

It's that old editing conundrum of how to show tedium or frustration without inducing too much tedium or frustration in the viewer

Runaround Who
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Maybe play with time and even slow down the strenuous bit slightly to emphasise the gruelling bit? Honestly not suggested so I'd get more enjoyment although that would be a side benefit! ;)

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Mike Pulcinella
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Ha ha! VERY sneaky you are!

But seriously, when I finish a clip that has some better physique shots I'll be sure to post it here!

Runaround Who
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I'll await it with bated breath!

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