Work Rampage and Recognition
A lot of the folks working on post production for Ep6 hit a wall a while back, so I’ve been trying to gather as much as they’ve done into the hard drive at home and force it to completion myself. Ordinarily, I spend about 20 to 25-ish hours a week working on the show—two hours every night after work and 10 to 15 hours on weekends. Now, however, after 6 has been drawn out for so long, I’ve gone crazy. Now, I come home on my lunch hours and do VFX with one hand while I eat a sandwich with the other before heading back to work and I VFX-it-up until 10 every night after getting home from work. Then I’m getting up a little earlier than usual on the weekends and going straight back to working on VFX. All in all, the new schedule has me working about 35 to 40 hours a week on the show, so I’m making some good progress. I’m starting to get more frequent headaches, but I might see a light at the end of this very long tunnel. I’m knocking out an effects shot or two every day. A couple of the volunteers have to send me project files they’ve been rotoscoping on and Ryan has to get me a bundle of shot elements, but then I’ll have everything in house. Getting closer. Every day we’re getting closer. Ryan said he’d have all of the outstanding shot elements for me this weekend and then I just have to marry them into their final shots and blend everything together. Then I get to dive into sound effects and color correction and get this thing out into the internets. After a year of work, I’m not releasing this one all in one week. It’s going out in a classic web series schedule–an episode part per week. So that’s what I have to say about my current work rampage.
I‘ve been recognized in public a few times because of the show. I mentioned the first time on this blog about a year and half ago, and it was at an event where Craig (wildly successful vlogger, cast member of our show) was being interviewed, so, as thrilling as it was, it was a stacked deck. I’ve also been approached by folks at some of the rock shows for his band, Driftless Pony Club. Again, it’s like an organized situation. They know Craig is going to be there, I work with Craig and I love his band, so it’s no surprise if they see me there. Some of them say hi and it’s great, but it’s not bumping into a viewer randomly in public. That delightful phenomenon has happened to me twice so far. The first time I was in the parking lot of an open-air mall. I was heading back to my car after filming a hair straightening-process video for work at a salon. On my right I catch some fast movement coming toward me in my peripheral. I only had time to wonder if I should throw my camera bag to safety or use it as a weapon before I heard, “Hey! You’re pineappleboyfilms, right?” It was the first time I was addressed by my YouTube handle in public. He said he liked the show and I gave him a PoPS card. It has the website info on it, so presumably he didn’t need it, but I had a couple on me and I didn’t know what else to do. I thanked him for watching, we shook hands, and that was it. I tweeted about it immediately. My entire life I’ve wanted to be recognized in public for making something that I was proud of. Prior to that day, I’d only been stopped at a mall because somebody thought I was Macaulay Culkin. That was another stacked deck, I was wearing a baseball cap in the same manner he did publicly and I was wearing sunglasses indoors. I should probably mention I was 11 or 12 and, at the time, he was box office gold. So I signed an autograph for the girl who stopped me and strutted toward the nearest Suncoast to see if I could reel in anyone else. Man, I guess malls are the place, huh?
The second time it happened was a week and a half ago. I was standing in line for the 3:30 Dark Knight Rises with my friend Chris when a kid coming out of the midnight show just shouted, “No way!” He came running over and shook my hand. “I love what you guys are doing! Are you still working on season five?”
“Awesome! That’s awesome! I love it!” And he took off. It was a hit and run fanning. It was fantastic. There were three guys in line behind us and one of them was like, “Are you famous?!”
Chris said, “That guy thinks he is.”
“We have a show on the internet,” I said.
“Porn?” Said the guy behind us.
“Yeah. Porn. You should check it out, you’ll see why he was so excited to meet me.”
Anyway, both times it was really cool to see that the people I interact with on a weekly basis also exist in the real world. Releasing stuff online opens up the opportunity for a really huge audience, but a lot of the time—especially during work rampages—it’s a very isolating thing. A lot of the time it’s just me and a computer. It’s nice to meet some of the other people that it means something to.
Thanks for reading.