This was my very first on-site video blog, which was both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time! I didn't quite know how my quintet would react to the idea of me filming our gig adventures. Sure, they had given me permission to film, but everyone was a bit uneasy because no one knew what sort of video I was seeing in my head, and I had a lot of trouble trying to explain it. I also thought they were all camera-shy.
However, I'm proud to say that I still think this video is one of my best so far. Especially the last 38 seconds. ;)
Nachschlag goes to Ladner!
First off, I wasn't sure if I could pull off an on-site video blog. Second, I didn't know how much footage I needed. Third, I had never hand-held the camera in front of me in public (sitting in the car in the middle of the Richmond Centre parking lot counts as public, yeah?) and talked to it like a lunatic. Fourth, I had never edited an unpredictable on-site event...I had the general feel and rough sketch of the video in my head already, but it was hard to communicate it to my quintet because...well, I'd never done it before and I had nothing to show.
But we went ahead and filmed it. It was way more fun than I could have ever imagined. Emily went to town with filming in the car. Connor was really great at explaining things on camera. When I wasn't looking, Selina goofed off and jumped in front of the camera, filling up the whole screen with a close-up of her face. Neil still didn't really like being on camera, but he could still talk normally when he was being filmed. They were all FAR FROM CAMERA-SHY!
It was on this trip that I learned to bring my camera's battery charger EVERYWHERE. The battery died on the way home, and I since learned to charge the battery up before every shoot even if it's not all the way used up. You never know what and how long you need to film!
Note the use of music in this video!! I timed a lot of the shots (our walking pace, punch lines from my monologues, etc) to the beats of the music (provided by iMovie), and I started experimenting with starting and stopping the music at key moments to make the video funnier. I think it worked, but I'm still working at it. ;)
It took me about a month of editing this video before I had the courage to post it on Facebook. To my surprise, it was my most popular video yet among my friends!
What was even more delightfully surprising was that our Artsway manager, Raymond Aucoin (from Health Arts Society), thought it was hilarious and gave me the go-ahead with video blogging our (then) upcoming tour! That's how this video ended up on YouTube--it was the only way Raymond could view it. I then sent it out to some of my other friends who didn't have facebook, and they all loved it too!
The last 38 seconds is the part that I'm the most proud of! My first montage!! It took me more than 10 hours to edit that portion alone...but mostly because I was STILL figuring out how iMovie worked. The last 0.5 seconds of each shot would freeze before moving on to the next shot when I viewed the video on iMovie, so I probably exported the video about 15 times just to view how the shots were actually timed to the music. That took a looooooooooong time. The shots from the camera that I have now doesn't do that, thank God! I just edited a new, longer montage, and that only took about 3 hours--big difference when you actually know what you're doing, haha!
You're probably wondering what happened to the performance itself? Well, we're not allowed to film residents of these centres for confidential reasons. If we filmed ourselves performing, I figured that we'd end up accidentally filming residents who might unknowingly walk in front of the camera. It could have ended up being a waste of my camera's memory and battery life (the full concert was 45 min, but the battery life only lasts for 1 hour of continual shooting). So I just didn't risk it.
After this little success, my brother really started pushing me to get my own YouTube channel, as the channel onto which I had uploaded this video was actually a joint channel (JustAdLibIt Productions) with my friend, Carrie To. But I held back a little longer while I gained a bit more confidence in front of the camera and tried new styles. The next video shows a bit of that experimenting.
Well, that's about all I have to say about this one. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!