Makers Comments: ‘Latin Summer’ is one of a dozen songs I’ve written for my Latin Dance Musical ‘La Vida Loca’, with each song representing a different Latin rhythm and dance style. The dance step in ‘Latin Summer’ is the Bachata. In the musical a young couple would dance a Bachata. Dialogue would have told their back story, and video projections would tell of what they are looking forward to on their educational cruise to the Caribbean and South America. On the cruise they would learn of the conquest of those regions by the Spanish & Portuguese. It is a virtually impossible task to stage a brand new musical, but it is possible to write the songs and put them on video in a slightly different context, and try and promote the musical idea on YouTube. I’ve done this previously with my videos ‘Felixstowe’ and ‘Song For Jane Austen’. Maybe then I can generate enough interest to stage the whole production. In terms of making the video, working on a zero budget, other than that of the underlying holiday, it was a matter of trying to take, and then select, enough interesting chance shots that could, more or less, tell the story in the song. On my own cruise I didn’t manage to film basking sharks or even clown fish, and none of the locations count as ‘Latin’, but I did manage to shoot turtles and a pelican flying past, and a plane landing on the infamous Princess Juliana Airport on St. Maarten. In terms of cameras that meant something small and good enough to take with me on various excursions, so my Panasonic DMC-TZ100, my GoPro 6 and my iPhone. It was simply edited in iMovie, stripping the sound off each clip, and placing and trimming them appropriately, in time with the changes of ideas in the studio recorded song. Full details of credits and locations can be found on the description on YouTube. I did think about adding closing credits but I felt that ‘fade to turtle diving’ seemed a much more appropriate ending.