Buckle Up And Keep Your Eyes Wide Open For This Emotional Rollercoaster As Christian Chandler Launches WIDE OPEN
Wide Open is a newly-premiered YouTube Channel created by a French editor, Christian Chandler, to pay homage to the art of filmmaking and music and to the incredible power of video. It sounds like a difficult concept, right? But to put it in plain English: there is a piece of song overlaid by hundreds of video shots to correspond to the feeling evoked by that score and the targeted theme. The inaugural video on the channel is of popular Japanese rock band, Babymetal. The three-and-a-half-minute salute is made to the band’s popular single “Distortion.” It includes 227 shots (out of a selection of 1200!) from 17 concerts.
“I chose to work on Babymetal first because I was inspired by the concert that I saw in February,” said Chandler. “I had only heard one song from the band previously, but the production design, performances and the way they blended together with their music was something that I had never experienced.”
Chandler definitely offers a similar adventure with his work. He names each video adding the full-stop punctuation to accentuate the theme that is being portrayed. The idea is to create an engaging experience where “before watching a video, you fasten your seat belts and fully immerse yourself on the rollercoaster!”
Originally from France, but based in the U.K., Chandler began this project like most people who would undertake such an affair: having a passion for music and movies. As a musician and film editor, he figured that he could use his talents to make an eclectic, emotional adventure for the viewers: a mix of feelings from excitement, fear, happiness and more. Chandler has been working on setting up the channel for five years during his spare time. The name Wide Open is a nod to an Rx Bandits’ (one of his favourite bands) song by the same name and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.
“The process of doing each video looks like a jigsaw puzzle: find a theme (similar to the image on the box), lay down an outline with music tracks (the four corners of the puzzle) and gather as much shots as possible to match both (assembling the pieces to create the picture),” described Chandler. “There's only one shot that can work at each position, and most of the time I have to look for new footage to fill in those holes and complete the puzzle.”
He was first inspired by trailers like the one for The Matrix and Fight Club, but was further engulfed by seeing what strong editors like Gen IP and those with The Solomon Society could do to evoke emotion on their YouTube Channels.
“They just let images, movements and expressions speak for themselves while using only music as a ‘guiding thread’ for their viewers,” explained Chandler. “It's close to trailers and music videos, but it goes deeper into what we can do with video as an art form. I really like that!"
Last year, after the final episode of Game of Thrones aired, Chandler finally settled on his first video as a tribute to the highly-acclaimed show. However, the first six seasons were not enough as he still had “holes” to fill even with 60 hours of footage, and he decided to put it on hold until he acquired the last two seasons. It was a similar fate with his piece for the theme “Action.“ where, even with more than 200 movies in stock, he still needed additional shots to create a more fulfilling and grandiose experience. Then he moved to the U.K. at the end of last year and was introduced to Babymetal. That kicked him into gear to complete his first video.
Chandler has been a professional editor for 10 years. He eventually would like to compose his own music for the channel; though, would be interested to make a partnership with other musicians on YouTube/SoundCloud to use their music in his videos. In the meantime, Chandler enjoys putting his abilities to good use.
Wide Open will include two-to-five-minute videos related to human emotions (sadness, anger, fear, serenity etc), natural elements (water, fire), pop-culture tributes or simply improvisations following inspirational musical pieces. One video will be uploaded on the first of every month, with 1st of August having the second release.