Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970's when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my "mythic" hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after...

Photo courtesy of Olivier S.

Photo courtesy of Olivier S.

The end of a movie is very important as it is the last impression viewers will have. Hollywood knows that and that’s why the big action sequence, or the climax, is most of the time one of the latest scenes of a blockbuster. Nothing new here: in poetry, the latest stanza is classically the most inspiring, thus leaving the reader in the state of mind the author wished.

This rule works very well for a Disney park vacation home movie. Problem is, the end of your Disney Lifestyle vacation may not be the most spectacular day. Of course, you could play the bittersweet ending by showing family and/or friends happy with the trip but also sad to have to take the road or a flight back home.

What I do with all my Disney park vacation home movies is to end it with a musical clip showing the best moments with still pictures and recently (example below) by mixing photos and videos synchronized with music (2013 Easter vacation with Disney, Sea World, Discovery Cove and Kennedy Space Center).

By doing so, you can emphasize what made this vacation special. It also gives you the opportunity to show funny or emotional moments that were photographed but not filmed. Still pictures are now digital and thus are easy to import in a video editing software: you can even animate them by zooming in or out (so called Ken Burns effect), panning inside the frame or even using a small rotation as you can see for some photos in this example (always do it with sobriety in mind or it will be too messy, here I’ve done quite a lot of effects because of the music).

In this clip I used pictures taken by my wife and pictures from Disney (PhotoPass) and Discovery Cove. Take advantage of this end clip to include video shots that you found interesting but that you didn’t include in the film because they were not useful or much too isolated. When editing a movie, the most difficult part is not to get rid of the bad shots (unfocused, badly framed, shaky, etc.), but to get rid of the good ones (even if outstanding) that do not fit in your storytelling or that are breaking the pace. The ending clip is where you can “save” these shots!


Music is very important and choice is of course very personal. As you are using the music for a home movie (you are not making money with it and showing it to family or friends), it is fair use. However, if you put it on a video sharing service like YouTube, you will get a copyright warning that can lead to your account being closed if you abuse it. Here, the music I choose is “El Dorado” from Two Steps From Hell (“Skyworld” album) and took the risk of uploading it as this music has already been used in other YouTube videos. I’ve got a copyright warning but perhaps the owner of the music will “let it go” (pun intented). If you do not hear the music, that is because YouTube will have suppressed the music.

Have you put together your own home movies? Feel free to share them in the comments or in our Facebook Group!

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