I’ve produced and released two videos for my new Youtube channel. It has been fairly satisfying, even in this limited scope.
These videos are imperfect, sometimes wincingly so. I can live with it, because I’ve seen plenty of sparkling ideas go down the toilet like last night’s champagne, with just as much fanfare or effort. I’ve seen myself quit when Things became insurmountable, and I’m allowing myself to enjoy even offbeat satisfactions like this.
I’ve had multiple conversations with talented friends in the entertainment industry who had encouraging words even as they were tinged with gentle criticism.
And the videos are rugged. I want to assure my cohorts and buddies that my taste is not shot. But the value I see in these videos that others don’t is that I got them done at all! It sounds like a flimsy goal when I say it that way, but while I wish that I had re-shot certain scenes or managed their sound better, I prefer to apply those instincts to the next project, and look back on these first attempts as just that, in their context.
As it is, I’ll go back to writing and get ready for next week’s contributions. And, let’s hope that I can see improvement over time!
I have managed to focus my efforts and put together all of three minutes of current events-related humor, with visual tags and elements that add to the piece. I’m happy to have put it together, even as I plan to add at least a little more refinement to the segment itself, then couple it with something else for a real release.
I even had some helpful input from MM, thus far my sole collaborator, who reminded me something I should have known in the first place, to add ‘news theme’ music to my news semi-parody. It added more than a little to the overall presentation.
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!
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!