Discipline

A buddy of mine has reminded me that I’m already drifting away from any semblance of dicipline and regular release of material. He’s right.

It’s been a busy month: my birthday came through and for once I let myself relax and enjoy the slack time. Plus, some unexpected and unwelcome news came through on (I think) the very same day I launched the Channel, and that vague instance took a huge toll on my time.

Still, it doesn’t change my desire to have a reliable outlet for quality comedy and other presentations. I’ll work on it.

Trump and the Beanstalk progress

I’ve got a sketch I wrote months ago, conceiving puppet versions of DJT and Uncle Sam. I’ve finally got to shoot some of it this week, and it’s not as easy as I thought! But I took a run at it, and if nothing else, I have a rough-draft kinda version to play with.

I did successfully create a short intro video for the sketch, which was satisfying for having completed it, and absolutely thrilling in creating something that made me laugh despite my closeness to it. It’s silly in ways that I just really like.

I am tempted to post it here, as the intro is only about 20 seconds long, but it occurs to me to maintain some element of surprise, so important in comedy.

Also – and this is a weird little paradox and very “me” – I am a little ashamed of how proud I am of these little creations. The pleasure of making something instead of just daydreaming about it is intoxicating.

Just take my word for it; I made a simple intro video and it makes me giggle. That’s enough.

Green screen joy

I am thrilled to have pooped out this little demo video, as I scrape and hammer my studio together out of available materials. I am joyful in a way that is tough to express, except that it feels like fun! Some hurdles that looked small turned out to be a real pain, and vice-versa; I have long since learned to appreciate victories, hard-won or not. Today is a little bit of both, but I’m surprising myself in ways that I am coming to remember as the excellent experiences they were in the past.

This was a test of my ability to affect a green screen effect in my humble studio. There’s plenty wrong with this clip, but the important things went right!

Whee!

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The last several weeks have been a fair tornado of activity in my efforts at building a humble media studio: almost a placid event when viewed from a distance and over time, but a closer look reveals a whirling, chaotic assemblage of materials and heretofore unseen resources. May we proceed in that direction, culminating in a new and remarkable creation, worthy of gawking at.

So far, so good!

I have been rediscovering and putting to use items – like audio and video equipment, craft materials and props – that I’ve gathered, saved and dragged along with me for years. I must say, finally putting things to their intended use is a pleasure and a thrill that’s all too late in arriving, but I’m glad to see it now that it’s here.

I have found a sturdy writing/creating partner (to be announced at another time, perhaps in the credits of our first production, at a minimum) and we are moving in slow but ever-quickening motions toward progress. I am excited; may it continue!