In case you missed them when I posted them to twitter, here they are again!
Last Friday I did a knock-out job working on a pair of outlines for two projects that have been lying dorm want for far too long. You'd think that with a long weekend, I'd have plenty of time to do some hard work on these projects.
"The human spirit is, in a word, indefatigable. It is driven by passion and it thrives on conflict. If an individual's life is devoid of these things, surely the person has no spirit."
Production of the Explorers of the Unknown comic continues and we're getting closer and closer to the debut. I'd tell you when that is, specifically, if not for the fact that I don't know just yet. Maybe about two weeks.
You ever have one of those days? Filled with apprehension, trepidation, fear, and excitement all rolled into one giant glass ball of emotion?
I had a similar day just over a year ago. I knew in my gut that if I applied for this job, I would get it. I was, therefore, very nervous about simply submitting the application in the first place.
For the past six months or so I've been sitting on a business plan that involved one-on-one, BASIC computer training--setting up and showing people how to use an email account or their webcam or putting their vacation photos into a slideshow. I've done a few jobs here and there, all the while constantly aware of the vast potential that this opportunity held.
I made a menu with several, specific services. Each bit of software and training has a small fee attached to it. It's very straight-forward and incredibly easy to understand.
Most importantly, however, is the location and the target demographics of said location. Namely, an abundance of 60+ people in need of someone patient enough to walk them through some basic stuff on their computers.
Yesterday, I wrote and purchased a services classified ad to run for three days. It was far more than I was anticipating, but hardly more than I was able to foot. The ad is published today and will run through Sunday.
Either this entire opportunity will simply fizzle and disappear or things will change.
EVERYTHING will change.
I've spent a good 10 to 12 hours working on a video to be titled "Everglades National Jurassic Park". The source of the video was an hour worth of footage that I shot on Saturday that I have currently whittled down to a little over fifteen minutes. Last night I had my first "screening" of the rough cut and I got a pretty damn good idea what areas are too long and I'm pretty confident that I can trim the remaining five minutes out of the cut.
But what's interesting is the differences I'm seeing between editing this JP video versus a Talking Heads episode. I'm getting ready to start working on episode 43 of Talking Heads, and this will prove to be a good 10-15 hour editing project, but the main difference is that there's a script that guides me the whole way. When I was taping my footage on Saturday, I was a tourist in a park with a video camera. The only unifying element is my quest for dinosaurs.
So there's a distinct difference between editing a "home movie" style project and editing a scripted production. Granted, many of the same skills are used and both styles of projects rely heavily on the editor's ability to tell a concise story, it's just that the former leans on it far more than the latter.
What concerns me, however, is that there is such a thing as "too much editing". While I do have YouTube's 10 minute limit that I need to work towards, I worry that I spend so much time with this footage, cutting and abbrievating sequences to tighten it up and bring down the length, that--in fact--I'm butchering the hell out of my video.
I guess you'll have to be the judge. I'll probably finish it tonight and post it either tonight or tomorrow. In the mean time, what has been the longest amount of time you've spent editing a video? And for that matter, what has been your biggest challenge in video editing?
It's coming ... oh, yes ... it's coming. Above is a quick shot of Chris. Dig it with a shovel, baby.
I don't know many details about the Survivor Fitness Challenge that TheStarvingSoprano was involved with. Obviously, it's a web-based fitness challenge akin to what you might find on television in the form of the reality program flavor of the week.
You ever just get so disconnected from the web that by the time you come back, so much has happened to talk and write about that you just don't know where to start?
The anguished musings of a jack-of-all trades creative professional based out of Longwood, Florida. Find out more about him here. You know, if that's your 'thing'.
Most of my production music is original but if I need something extra-special, I usually get it from AudioNautix.com: