I posted the video, “Gymnastics – UNBROKEN” on Gym Blog Central’s Facebook page recently and it was a massive hit.
The post, as of 9/19/16, has reached over 2.7 million people; been viewed over 1 million times; “Liked” by over 6,700 people; and shared over 18,000 times.
I want to introduce you to the creator of this video and many others, Anna Burns.
GBC: When did you begin making YouTube videos?
AB: I started making YouTube videos when I was around 13! I loved watching gymnastics videos and just started playing around with iMovie, and slowly got better at it. I upgraded to Final Cut Pro last year, and recently got my own high quality video camera that I am hoping to start using to shoot my own footage soon!
GBC: Where do you get your inspiration/theme for each video?
AB: I usually will hear a song or audio track and will start picturing videos in my head without thinking, so when that happens, I usually know that I want to make one. It usually takes a while for me to actually do it, but it all starts with the audio! I also sometimes see footage that is especially interesting, which gets me excited to play around and see what I can do with it.
GBC: How long does it take you to make a video?
AB: Depending on the video it can take anything from 3 hours to a total of maybe 8 or 9 hours of work, but I split it up over multiple days. I really just work on them when I’m in the mood, and fall into a zone where I am completely focused on it. I don’t usually spend more than 2 hours at a time, so if it’s a detailed video like Unbroken, it will usually take about 1-2 weeks. Videos with voiceovers take longer than those that are just music because I like to make the video clip match with what is being said. For example, if a speaker is talking about falling down and getting back up, I obviously want to show someone doing that so it goes along well! Finding the perfect clip for each segment is the most time consuming part, but it is so worth it when I watch in back and there is a perfect moment of video/audio put together.
GBC: Your video “Gymnastics – UNBROKEN” has been viewed over 500,000 times on GBC’s Facebook page and is one of the most watched videos on your YouTube channel. Why did you make this video?
AB: My video “Elite Gymnastics- Why do we fall?” is the most watched on my YouTube with around 600K views! That one is very similar to Unbroken, both of which I made because I heard the audio tracks and was immediately inspired by them. If I need inspiration before a meet or practice, I will usually look up motivational speeches on YouTube to listen to in the car, and in the instance of those two, I heard them and immediately thought of putting gymnastics along side them. I make most of my videos to pump up my teammates and I, and love that other people can find them motivating too!
GBC: Why do you think “Unbroken” is so popular with so many people?
AB: I think its such a cool track that just makes you want to get up and go do something. The variety in the audio and just the power in every single word along with how high quality the footage is makes it really fun to edit and I think really fun to watch. I was able to pull footage from a lot of sources that was aesthetically beautiful as well, which made my job even more fun! I try to make my videos really detailed, so that every word and clip has a place that makes sense and makes for “moments” in the video that are extra uplifting. Even if you aren’t a gymnast, the audio is so general that it applies to everyone. The person who put it together, who is linked in the description of the video, did such an amazing job blending music with voice, and it just gives you chills every time! I’m so happy it’s a hit, and so happy to have access to audio tracks like this one!
GBC: Which of your videos is your favorite and why?
AB: Probably Unbroken! I think it’s my strongest editing-wise and has some of my favorite footage. It’s also my favorite motivational speech track of all time, and this audio helped me through a lot of hard times in the gym before I even made the video.
GBC: Will you ever consider doing videos that include other disciplines like Men’s Gymnastics, Rhythmic, Trampoline, or Acro?
AB: Definitely! Artistic is obviously what I do so therefore I relate the most to it and gravitate towards that for making videos, but I would love to make videos of other disciplines and even other sports.
GBC: Is this something that you think you would do as a career in the future, creating “inspirational” videos for sports & athletes?
AB: I hope to pursue a career in the sport industry, so for sure! It would be awesome to continue in sport media as a career, and get to do one of the things i’m passionate about as a profession!
GBC: If people want to follow you on YouTube, what is the name of your channel?
AB: My channel is just my name, Anna Burns.
GBC: Who is your favorite gymnast/s and why?
AB: Mckayla Maroney and Kyla Ross are my favorites because of their style and lines mixed with difficult skills. I also love Angi Cipra from UCLA because she has amazing performance quality!
GBC: What is your favorite gymnastics skill?
AB: My favorite skill to do is either my Geinger on bars or Front Aerial on beam because they took a lot of hard work and time to learn, and skills that take more work are definitely more satisfying when you can finally do them! While some other skills maybe came easier, my favorite ones are always those that took a little extra work and grit to learn.
GBC: What are your gymnastics goals?
AB: My goals are to continue to work hard every day, compete as an NCAA gymnast, and have a positive impact on the people around me, both in the gym and out!
GBC: Anything you would like to add?
AB: Thanks so much, so glad I could have a small part in motivating people through this video! Stay tuned for more and never stop working toward your goals! Hard work really does pay off.