Longevity in editing

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Longevity in editing

Postby macchinainterna » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:34 am

It was around this time when I started editing my first amv seven years ago. It still amazes me that I stuck with this hobby for as long as I have when I fell out of others in a much shorter span of time. That's not to say I haven't thought about moving on from editing as well.

From 2009 to 2011 I suffered from a creative block. I couldn't finish a video to save my life. I had no inspiration, and I lost sight of what I enjoyed most about this hobby. I thought for sure that I was going to just drop everything and walk away from editing for good at the time. It was with the help from my friends in CDVV and DZ-Studios that I found my inspiration again and started editing more. In the last two years I have put out more videos than I had in my first two years of editing. I'm still coming up with new ideas and even investing in a better rig so that I can continue editing.

Recently I've looked back to when I first started editing and how I've come to this point where I'm even more inspired to persue this hobby further. I think about how some of my favorite editors and biggest inspirations for editing had begun to move on just as I was starting out. I also thought about how I came close to moving on myself and how someday in the (hopefully distant) future I might stop editing.

What's keeping me going now? For me, it's the creativity and fun of it. I love the idea of making videos and interpreting my appreciation for my favorites shows/movies/music. I also love exploring different styles and moods through editing and learning new techniques as I go.

What's keeping some of you going? How is it that some editors last longer than others?
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:59 am

Only making 1-2 things a year while being active in the running of contests and video rooms does it for me. When you're surrounded by the stuff, you end up unable to get away, and simply don't have the time to finish everything on your ideas list.
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby Castor Troy » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:19 pm

I don't make amvs anymore, but back then, what kept me going was having those ideas that constantly made me smile and giggle, thinking how great it would be to make them. :asd:

Also, competition was a big factor in making videos seeing how I would fare against my friends and seeing videos on the big screen. I still get chills and excitement watching my videos with a crowd.

I've moved on that passion to filmmaking, but the same concept applies: Thinking of hilariously absurd (or not :P) ideas that you're passionate about and bringing them out to a crowd.
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby post-it » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:33 pm

I help sub and re-encode stuff. Never was any good at editing; always was good and re-encoding ^__^
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby AMVGuide » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:44 pm

I think editors stick around longer if they:
    1. Read AMVGuide.blogspot.ca
    2. Become Technically Proficient
    3. Develop Good Workflow & Time Management
    4. Recieve Positive Reinforcement/Feedback
    5. Develop Eclectic Tastes in Anime & Music
    6. Try Different AMV Genres
    7. Avoid Perfectionism
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby Ileia » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:09 pm

I never stop getting ideas, so I have no choice. I'm locked in, haha.

More seriously? I occasionally set goals for myself. Sometimes pretty ambitious goals (Making at least one AMV in every category listed on the org within a calendar year or making an AMV that someone considers -the- AMV for that anime) or sometimes smaller, easier goals, (send to more cons, join an Org-supported contest). Some have time limits, some are more open-ended. I just think about what I haven't done and what I could do, no matter how seemingly unrealistic, they're something to work towards.

Also....hang with other editors. As in, people who are currently editing. Other people are great motivators. I can't tell you how many times I've shown an inactive editor a video I'm working on and they're like "Damn I wanna edit again!". And I want them to edit, so it motivates me to edit more too, haha. As I expand more and more outside of a-m-v.org and into other communities, I find the enthusiasm of new editors to be a great motivator. It's like re-living how excited I was when I first started out and it's awesome!
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby Athena » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:46 am

I edit when I feel like it. Sometimes I take breaks from the hobby and come back. I can't see me retiring. I'll just keep putting out one or two videos a year and be happy with that.
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby Seijin_Dinger » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:54 pm

now that Im not running a contest Im finding myself editing more often, been at it since 2000
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby TritioAFB » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:29 pm

When I first started back, I used to have a lot of free time but almost no inspiration. And now, I don't have too much free time and instead, several ideas, and situations that inspires me a lot. Blocks are inusual now, as I learned that you have to counter the blocks with doing something else, and then return back to the proyect.

Sometimes I seriously start to think why I didn't quit, but for me it feels like a kind of 'Obligation' to what I could have done during the time I was out :amv:
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby JudgeHolden » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:46 pm

All the people who want me to stop editing ... the haters are my motivators! |:>
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby kireblue » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:14 am

Ileia wrote:I never stop getting ideas, so I have no choice. I'm locked in, haha.

pretty much the same for me.
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby Castor Troy » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:49 am

JudgeHolden wrote:All the people who want me to stop editing ... the haters are my motivators! |:>


you sux0rz |:> :down:
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby AMVGuide » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:56 pm

I think editors stick around longer if they:

8. Avoid ideas that are too complex/unrealistic
9. Know how to take criticism/failure
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Re: Longevity in editing

Postby drewaconclusion » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:16 pm

kireblue wrote:
Ileia wrote:I never stop getting ideas, so I have no choice. I'm locked in, haha.

pretty much the same for me.

Same here. :sweat:
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