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21 December 2008 @ 08:45 pm
2008 vidding meme  
Aka, my second year of vidding. I'm kind of sliding two posts into one here, as
This was my post for 2007, and my post about my first year of vidding.


Videos I made this year:
Jan
I will be your girlfriend (Smallvillle, Clark/Lois)
Java Jive (Smallville, coffee)
Feb
Handle with Care (Friday Night Lights, ensemble)
March
April
May
Paranoid Android (Smallville, Lex)
June
July
Sugarcane (Dexter, Deborah)
Aug
Sept
Oct
Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying (Nodame Cantabile, Chiaki/Nodame)
Clint Eastwood (Battlestar Galactica, Gaius)
Nov
I kissed a girl (Smallville, Clark)
Dec

Total vids: 8

Two more than in 2007! I feel like I made a pretty good number--I'd rather have improved the quality of a couple of them, but hey, you can't have everything. ;) I'd settle for 6 good vids in 2009, but knowing me I'll also knock out a few throwaway ones as well.

My favourite video this year (of my own):
Paranoid Android. Like Middleman the year before, it's the one I put most into and the one that means the most to me personally. It's kind of my masterwork.

My least favourite:
I will be your girlfriend. I was happy enough with it when I made it but it sticks out badly as the weakest vid of the year to me now. Let's face it, I was just desperate to make a Clois vid, any Clois vid... but finding a good song for them is a lot harder than you would think.

Most successful video:
Clint Eastwood, thanks to sockkpuppett including it in her favourite vids of the year in NY Magazine. But amusingly enough, the one that garnered the most comments on LJ was 'I kissed a girl'. Win for the shallow! ;)

Video most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying, but that's what happens when you vid a fandom only two people (actual figure) on your f'list watch. ;)

Most fun video to make:
I kissed a girl. *still giggling*

Hardest video to make:
Paranoid Android. The post about making it only scrapes the surface of the journey. If I ever did a commentary on any of my vids, it would be on that one.

The things I've learnt this year
1. It's really f***ing hard to control my muse. Sometimes the vid I feel is most valuable or worthwhile is not the vid I end up making. But where I persist and really commit, it pays off.
2. It's possible to love vidding more and more every month while still finding that it never gets any easier.
3. It's possible to produce a GREAT MANY vids using little or no effects. (But I'm not proud of that.)
4. Talking about the vidding process with other people--whether vidders or vid-watchers--is a really wonderful way to learn, perhaps the most valuable way of all.
5. Humour is hard. I am not good at it.
6. Deadlines really, really stress me out and even if I can vid to them, I wind up feeling like I haven't.

Things to work on in 2009
Effects. Sigh. Still on the list from 2007. God I suck at them so much.
Depressingly, when I look at the vids I have made this year, I actually find myself thinking they're not that great. Which is CRAZY because I spent most of the year really chuffed with how I was progressing as a vidder--I felt like every vid stretched me in a new way, and I felt like I was growing. But maybe it's just that I've watched a lot of vids in the last few days but it just feels like all the stuff out there is a lot more sophisticated than what I'm making. When I come back to watching my own vids it looks like kindergarten, colour-by-numbers kind of stuff. I really want to produce something more sophisticated next year. Something that works on more than one level.
I really should learn to post to comms.

So to cheer myself up, I revisited my post on my first year of vidding and I can report that I have done some of the things I set myself as goals:
- I posted to a comm. Um, once. Eep! I still really need to work on getting over that phobia.
- I still struggle with titles but I have worked a couple that I think are 'not bad' now. \o/ I definitely put a lot more into them this year than last.
- I sort of worked on crossfades. Sort of. Still not my strength.
- I have done colour correction work on my vids now! *G* \o/ That is a MAJOR breakthrough for me. I can do, like, two things. \o/
- Hmm, not quite a snazzy effect but I have used jump cuts with great fondness occasionally this year.

I didn't make another action vid though and that makes me really sad. I meant to all year and I think about ideas for one very often, but that uncontrollable muse thing is problematic. I feel like I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my vidding right now, so perhaps this is an intention to revisit.

In terms of my personal journey this year, I notice that I started with quite a flurry. Then 'Paranoid Android' ate up a lot of energy. So did 'Clint Eastwood' though it was a very different process. The big thing for me this year was submitting my vids to conventions. I hadn't even planned to do it, but I took the plunge and it was so rewarding to do so! Even though I was filled with envy for the people actually at the cons, I was very excited that my little vids got played somewhere at the other side of the world and didn't totally suck!

Next year I think I need to really knuckle down and get better at tech. I don't know how to. I don't know where to start. I just know that everyone's a lot better at it than me. And so here I am, two years in, still a total newbie. There's nothing wrong with being a newbie, but I wish I knew what the next step was. I don't know how to get past the roadblock of lack of tech know-how--and lack of knowing what I don't know. i.e. I watch a lot of vids and still don't understand how the vidder knows when to use which effect where. I wish there was a school in remedial vidding. ;)
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daybreak777: vids yaydaybreak777 on December 21st, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
Yay, vid retrospective. I love these. :-)

I Will Be Your Girlfriend was your least favorite? Really? That vid was such fun! I watch it to cheer get in a cheery mood sometimes. :-) And yes, shallow! Hello, it's Smallville! But I understand you started with a vision--Lois and Clark vid--and it may not have turned out how you intended.

Muses can be rather recalcitrant and unpredictable. I wrote some wild things this year and I learned to simply have fun with writing. It was an important lesson. I am not there with the vidding yet, I have much more fun watching than making vids, but I do want to keep in mind creating doesn't always have to be so serious. I nearly kept my muse in a coma trying way too hard this year.

It's possible to love vidding more and more every month while still finding that it never gets any easier.
Say it ain't so? I'm going to pretend that's not true or I'd never continue!

When I come back to watching my own vids it looks like kindergarten, colour-by-numbers kind of stuff. I really want to produce something more sophisticated next year.
Remember vids with heart? Each of your vids have your heart in there, Boppy. Effects can add, but nothing can take the place of a vid with its heart intact. I learned that this year too.

but I took the plunge and it was so rewarding to do so!
This is so good to hear! You did not seem so happy about it at the time, so I will remind you of this later. :-) I am so glad to see your vids start to gain the recognition they so richly deserve.

watch a lot of vids and still don't understand how the vidder knows when to use which effect where. I wish there was a school in remedial vidding. ;)
Yeah, well I'd like to attend that school with you. Unfortunately, we'd be on different campuses! You've finished grade school and high school are at the crossroads of a first-year student at vidding university. What shall you major in? What exciting decisions! Me? I'm still struggling through vidding second grade. And that's okay. The Year of Vidding is coming and maybe for both of us! Be sure to pass on whatever you learn, even on simple level for me.

And vid chats must continue! There is such a wealth of knowledge among us and that was delightful to find here. Plus, it's really all such fun to talk about our passion with others who 'get' it. :-)

2009! A Vidding Odyssey. Hee!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair sulkbop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
it may not have turned out how you intended
Oh, no, I never really intended it to be more than it is--I just think it's the most mediocre of the bunch.

The Year of Vidding is coming, huh? that sounds exciting! ;) If I learn anything I will pass it on. Can't remember learning anything recently. Maybe that's my problem.
Jayne L.: profitcrazyserrico on December 21st, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
5. Humour is hard. I am not good at it.

You are a crazy person. *g* Seriously, 'I Will Be Your Girlfriend', 'I Kissed A Girl' and 'Clint Eastwood' all make me giggle every time I watch them; they're clever and quirky and *funny*. I *really* don't think you need to worry about your grasp on humour. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Or maybe we just have the same sense of humour? :) (Either way, that's good news--thank you!)
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on December 21st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh Bop, you underestimate yourself. Your humor totally shines through and you've had major vid achievements this year (New York magazine?! Come on now!)

I feel you on the effects front. But I have a bit of a block about them. I try to employ them sometimes because I'd like to have more sophisticated effects, but they usually look clunky and sloppy so I forego them in the end. I need that remedial vidder class too, so sign me up!

I really like the roundup. I want to post a vid and fic one, but I might be able to squeeze out another few before the year is up, so maybe I'll wait till January.

I hope you continue the vidding chats too in 2009, if you like to and have the time. They're always so thoughtful and prompt such interesting discussions.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I absolutely have had major achievements this year. What I didn't expect was to end the year feeling so dissatisfied with my vids myself. I think it reflects where I am now emotionally more than it reflects the vids themselves, if that makes sense. I have noticed that I get unhappy with my work before making another step forward--so I'm hoping it's part of a natural process of reviewing and improving.

Year roundups are great! I did wonder if I'd get out another vid but I think not.

I do want to continue the vid chats, yes! LJ seems really quiet at the moment so I'll probably wait until more people are 'back', but yes, I'd really like to get them going again.
Naomi: X Files FTF Kiss by anascullyfrelling_tralk on December 21st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I don't know how to get past the roadblock of lack of tech know-how--and lack of knowing what I don't know. i.e. I watch a lot of vids and still don't understand how the vidder knows when to use which effect where. I wish there was a school in remedial vidding. ;)

This might sound like a lame suggestion, but YouTube has a lot of really easy to understand tutorials on different aspects of vidding. I've seen people ask how a particular effect in a video is done, and get directed to the exact tutorial for it, so there are a lot of them around. But at the same time effects aren't everything, a lot of the transitions and effects that video programes provide just end up looking really clunky, so I don't think you should beat yourself up over not being comfortable with them. Your editing is fantastic, and that's the main thing :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
That is helpful, thank you! Anything is helpful! I will have a look on YouTube, definitely. I know effects aren't everything but I also feel like they're the wall I keep hitting in my vidding and I won't get past it until I get a better grasp of them. The hardest thing is knowing how to use them, not just how to make them.
Naomi: Lex Man with a vision by iconfizzfrelling_tralk on December 22nd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
vidding_tech is the best community on LJ to find those YouTube tutorials :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 27th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think I will have to go on a search mission there.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 21st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I adore Paranoid Android. And Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying because it's so cute, even though I don't know the source. :) I'm totally looking forward to another year of your vidding.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nodame wowbop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! :) That's lovely to hear.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 22nd, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the sparkly card. 'Tis beautiful. I want to rub it on my face and be all glittery! It's up on my memoboard looking awesome.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ameliebop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
Hee! I am rather fond of sparkle. :)
Cosettecosetteferaud on December 21st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hi! First time I comment here! :) Well, I just wanted to say that despite I am not a Smallville fan, I love Paranoid Android (brilliant editing and excellent clips choice).
And Clint Eastwood is hilarious! Though Baltar is not my favorite character in BSG, I love this vid... I think it captures perfectly the essence of the character. So keep on with the good work! :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for commenting and leaving such lovely feedback. Baltar is not my favourite character either but he is such an enigma, and very entertaining. It's great to hear that you liked Paranoid Android without watching Smallville--wow!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you! *g*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)
HA!! That is a great achievement! *proud* :p

I am kind of hopeless. I am not sure I know this song of which you speak.
svgurl: clark christmassvgurl on December 22nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
This was fun to read. And I haven't seen the Clois video so I got something new to see! :D

5. Humour is hard. I am not good at it.

I think you're great at it and the "I kissed a girl" video really showcased that. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois mix tapebop_radar on December 22nd, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
Thank you--that's so kind!
Talitha: jillicons superdogtalitha78 on December 22nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Next year I think I need to really knuckle down and get better at tech. I don't know how to. I don't know where to start. I just know that everyone's a lot better at it than me. And so here I am, two years in, still a total newbie. There's nothing wrong with being a newbie, but I wish I knew what the next step was. I don't know how to get past the roadblock of lack of tech know-how--and lack of knowing what I don't know. i.e. I watch a lot of vids and still don't understand how the vidder knows when to use which effect where. I wish there was a school in remedial vidding.

Do you mind if I insert this entire paragraph into my year-end meme? ;)

TECH! I curse you.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 23rd, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Oh thank goodness I am not alone, at least! Why can't there be a magic wand of tech?! :(
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on December 23rd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Just popping in to say I watched Sugarcane and it was so lovely! I've only seen the first season of Dexter (so I was suprised by the relationship with the older guy) but Deb is so heartbreaking. And that song is beautiful. Now I'm trolling YouTube for more songs by Missy Higgins. She has a lovely voice.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 24th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Ohhh thank you! Yeah, season 2 has some suprises for Deb--but I thought it was a fabulous season for her. And I'm so delighted it interested you in Missy Higgins! I love her! My favourite tracks by her are 'Nightminds', 'The Special Two' and 'Scar'.
patron saint of neglected female characters: noperose_griffes on December 24th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
1. It's really f***ing hard to control my muse. Sometimes the vid I feel is most valuable or worthwhile is not the vid I end up making. But where I persist and really commit, it pays off.

This I totally understand. Because no matter how much I'd like to write certain things, I just end up writing whatever the writing part of my brain insists that it wants. It's still really mysterious to me.

As for deadlines, I love/hate them. I've written some things I'm really proud of on deadlines, and I had to push myself thanks to those deadlines. But after finishing something for a deadline I tend to go brain-dead and not feel like doing anything at all.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on December 24th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
I just end up writing whatever the writing part of my brain insists that it wants
Right! I am making this vid at the moment and I keep thinking 'this?! THIS, brain, really? Are you sure?'

I do really well with deadlines generally in life. But so far with vidding... not so much maybe? I find the vidding itself is fine but I can't switch the creative component 'on' when required.