Archive for April, 2014
In between all of the traveling and the full day movie marathon this week, I’ve been setting down in the home office and working on the episode. I’ve been trying to work on VFX all throughout the edit so I don’t have a ton of those to do at the end this time. A little more classic-PoPS style. I used to be all about the linear edit. Front to back, dropping in music and VFX as I went, so that the first edit was practically a fine cut. Once I was farming out a certain amount of elements, it just didn’t make sense anymore. Now that I’m starting to bring more of the elements back into my own little home office there’s a lot less waiting for people to feel motivated to work on things and get them back to me. That’s a frustrating little game to play with your free time.
It makes me feel really bad for my actors. They work on this thing forever ago and then have to wait for an eternity to see it all put together. At least I’m intimately connected to the process and can see all the pieces. I can see the progress and feel like something’s happening. They just have to wait. Waiting is the roughest.
I’m finally editing the final act of the episode. On page 65 of the script. Hopefully a week or two away from a full rough cut. Then I need to get a few shots from Ryan (DP and VFX); get a couple actors in for looping, some of our locations and shot setups were NOT conducive to live sound recording this time; work out the music situation, find out what needs new tracks written and recorded, what creative commons/royalty free stuff I need to find, and what themes I’ll be pulling from previous episodes; color correction; a trailer. We’re probably still a little far away from this. I just need to work on it more.
With that, I leave you for this week. I have a lot of work to do.
Thanks for reading, guys.
When I say participating in tags, I don’t mean the buzzwords block of random words you’re supposed to enter for your videos that help people find you when searching for content. I’m talking about the old fashioned game of tag. In YouTube terms it means tagging other YouTubers. Mostly for list videos. Things like-”10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” or “50 Things in my Room” or “TMI Tag: The Too Much Information Tag.” You do a video on some list topic, and then at the end of it you tag five other YouTubers you’d like to see do it. The tag games are a lot of fun. Everyone loves assembling lists, especially self-referential lists, and tag games are all about introspection. Also, one of the things you hear every YouTuber talk about at least once is, “I don’t know what to make a video about.” That’s the bane of every vloggers existence. The constant need to come up with something to talk about for another video. Always. Tag games are fun, they’re easy, they have a series of rules built into them, they’re introspective, and they’re community oriented.
When I saw the 5 significant films tag, I thought it was the coolest. It forces you to think about your relationship with movies very differently and examine things that hit you on a level more than critically. It’s really cool and the movies that show up on people’s lists are unexpected and give you an unusual insight into them and their lives. No one tagged me, but I had to do one. Then I issued an invitation for everyone who watched mine to do one and link to it in the comments of my video. Most of the responses have just been people writing their films into the comments, but they don’t explore the reasons nearly as much, they’re just a few titles typed as a column. But, so far, I’ve gotten videos from 4 people. It’s SO AWESOME! I love it. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! The five significant films tag is the coolest. Here are the responses I’ve gotten so far:
The tags games also help people find your channel. Anyone searching for the tag might come across your video and decide to check out your list since they’re interested in the concept of the tag. It’s part game, part project, part fishing expedition.
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That last video update is one of my favorites again. Like I said, I’d been thinking about doing a camera movement update since I saw the Veronica Mars movie and that was like a month ago. Anytime I take the time to actually formulate my thoughts before doing an update it always rises to the top for me. Of course, those updates are always about movies or video making. If I was to have a real YouTube channel instead of one based primarily around a web series, it would definitely be movie commentary channel. Maybe not like when I did the Cinematic Study Guides…
…because after awhile I didn’t like the idea of telling the entire plot of a movie in 10 minutes. I still think they’d be a fun watch after having seen the movie to get another perspective and some background information—there are other channels and websites that do this well: Good Bad Flicks & Nostalgia Critic—but a lot of my audience was simply watching the study guides instead of the movies and that started to bug me. I always thought they were a lot of fun to do and Eliza and I had a great time watching some of the old movies for it, but they took a day and half to shoot and edit. That’s another part of it. If I have quite a bit to say about a subject and I use clips as examples, they become a whole day affair. For the camera movement one, between finding the clips and editing down 18 minutes of me free-styling my thoughts on moving the camera while referencing notes, it was an all day thing. I didn’t touch one frame of PoPS that day. The Explaining Horror update took a little less time because I referenced way fewer clips, but I still spent very little time on the show that day. But it’s an update I love because I’m talking about something I’m excited about:
And when I asked people about their favorite updates in the 200th, one subscriber named Jasmine pointed out one that had slipped under my radar of personal favorites, in which I go on an etiquette rant about summer movie season. Having now re-watched it, I think it’s about as entertaining as I’ve ever been in the updates:
It’s what people want in vlogging. Someone speaking passionately on a subject they’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. Even if it’s a subject to which the viewer devotes very little time, the enthusiasm pulls you in and gets you involved in something that you can tell is important to someone.
That’s why Film Crit Hulk is such an awesome film reviewer. He passionately advocates for effective storytelling and can eloquently deliver super long tirades on style, technique, and structure that any film fan can relate to and root for. Whether you agree with him or not, you see his point. Someone in the comments of the last update linked a post of his also dedicated to camera movement, particularly the device of long takes. It’s just fantastic:
Thanks for reading.