DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
I wonder as I wander
Pre-edit: 8 hours
Long (not really, actually) story short, I am taking the cheap way out of this and not expending tons of money on imported discs until I am sure this AMV is going to happen. Seems reasonable, no?
The catch is (there is always a catch) that the footage out there is old and ugly and I've got nothing but DSL to get me by. Took a week and a half to get the footage, then another week to clean it up and convert it into usable formats (this was about a month or so ago). I was understandably miffed when - for some reason - the files cooperated just fine with everything EXCEPT Premiere. It imported them all right, but insisted they were only 30-40 seconds long. After troubleshooting this for about an hour or two, I (apparently) deleted everything - including the "source files" in a fit of rage.
I say apparently because I don't really remember doing that, and I should know better by now. Still, I can't find them anywhere, so now I have to get the files and clean up/convert them all over again, with no guarantee these new ones will work either.
And people wonder why I don't make many videos. THIS is what I have to deal with just about every single time, one way or another. I think my last AMV was the only one not plagued by severe, bizarre technical difficulties, though it certainly had its moments.
The Good: This AMV concept is still a pretty good one that inspires and motivates me. That's really the bottom line, in terms of getting it done. Technical difficulties have NEVER prevented me from making an AMV, they've just contributed to my extreme dislike of this hobby.
The Bad: Not sure AMVs are still a hobby of mine. I'm not really actively practicing it, I don't like it (well, I never did...but that's a discussion for another time), I can't remember the last time I watched an AMV for fun and overall the whole thing is really off my radar. We'll see if this AMV survives, what happens next.
The Ugly: I finally picked up Red Dead Redemption and am having a good amount of fun with it. Since I used to ride (horses), I'm getting lots of jollies "riding" around the old West. I also am replaying my beloved Thief franchise, enjoying the hell out of fan missions and whatnot to boot that I haven't touched in a couple years. Gearing up for the new Thief, which *shudder* I will play, but with extreme trepidation. All this means there's some significant digital fun beckoning me from various corners at all times, tempting me away from AMVing. At least when I prefer to wash the kitchen floor than edit, I'm getting something useful done. :|
Ate my journal post. Jeez *shakes fist towards the ceiling* you AMV Gods are really starting early this time, YOU KNOW THAT?!
tldr; 'cause browser ate it: ready to go with a new AMV...oh, wait, no, I forgot that first have to prep all my footage. Whoosh! goes my nascent editing bug. On the plus side, I got all my fall cleaning done today while files did their business.
Er hem, and as I was starting to say, this is just a test. If what I have in mind works, I then have to buy me some blu-rays and do it all over "for reals" as Greg Proops would say. Great podcast, highly recommended.
Pre-edit: 5 hours
Drama! (angst?) Love! (and hatred) Fuzzy blurry waaatercolorrr feeeeeelinggssss (only if my effects come out as hoooooped fooorrr)
I have had a couple stellar AMV concepts over the years which were pursued up until the point that a) I tried to make them and got frustrated at my lack of ability and/or b) got depressed by the subject matter. This hobby is hard enough on my psyche without deliberately putting myself in gloom and doom frames of mind. As "downer" as I hope this AMV will be at moments, it's my goal to celebrate the positives by glorying in the negatives.
Blood, death, betrayal! Can I bring it to the big screen?? Only time will tell!
Please please please please pleasepleasepleasepleaseplaseplaseplapselapsleopajkolj
So where were we?
Not making AMVs!! No big surprise there, I suppose.
I have been editing, however. Yep. Made my first "professional" (I guess...) video this past week, the whole nine yards: storyboard, filming, dubbing, mixing, editing, special effects, music, everything. Just a short demo video for a product, but I don't do things half-ass and it looks pretty good, IMO. Best part about the process is I got to learn a lot of things, and I looooove learning. Bad part was that I don't really have anyone around to tell me what I did wrong, or how to do it better. That is one thing - as much painful as it might be at times - that amv.org can do for editors in spades. Lots of people willing to tell you "nice try, but..." hehe
My aforementioned joyful realization that - at work - I have an entire IT department at my disposal for hardware/software problems (contrast this to BEING my own IT department when at home) has been tempered by three things:
1. I can't install or mess around with anything on my work PC because I'm not allowed admin privileges. This makes it very difficult and time-consuming to troubleshoot issues and in general get my work done. I can't even drop Avisynth plugins into the plugins folder b/c that area is off limits.
2. IT doesn't know much of anything about video production and I'm pretty much on my own, regardless of whether it might be a problem I can't troubleshoot b/c I don't have admin privileges.
3. IT blames almost everything that goes wrong on my computer on that suspicious video stuff I'm doing/downloading. Oh yes, installing Audacity is MOST DEFINITELY the reason my InDesign catalog file is now malfunctioning...oh wait, it was malfunctioning before Audacity was installed? And it malfunctions for other people, too? Well...still, that Audacity program is a rogue element and so are a bunch of other things so you really shouldn't be surprised or complain when things start going wrong with your PC. Oh HEY that InDesign file suddenly started working again...huh. Well, that's good.
:| I'd almost rather it stayed broken so then the problem could continue to be investigated.
Oh, so for dog-lovers, my corgi (see profile pic) no longer has two perky ears. What the hell does that have to do with AMVs? Well, while I was away at Otakon she was being dog-sat by my landlord. I get home late Sunday night and notice she's shaking her head a lot and kind of holding her ear to one side.
Turn on the lights and discover her left ear is all puffed up with blood, but doesn't seem to be paining her. Off to the vet we go the next day, and the next week, and the weeks after that to deal with the hematoma she somehow developed. $600, 26-stitches and a lot of doggy cone-of-shame, antibiotics and misery later, she's healed up, but her left ear is now kind of wrinkled and flopped over. Another casualty of my AMV hobby!! I'm soooo sorry Rhea!! :(
So much for reinvigorating my AMV editing passions, I managed to miss all the AMV contest screenings, plus most of IE, thanks to my unfamiliarity with how lines work at Otakon, some event delays and the overall difficulty of moving from one end of the BCC to the other when 35K people are filling the halls. By the end of the second day, I'd gotten into a better routine of literally leaving the convention center, walking a few blocks down to the other end and using a different entrance to get where I wanted to go. ^_^ Best part of the con? Hrm, saw the US dub premiere of Wolf Children. They did an excellent job...but talk about a tearjerker! I don't think I've ever watched anything that was such a rollercoaster ride of sniffling and smiles, by the end I was seriously thinking "Aagh!! I can't take this anymore, just let it end!! It's too sad, it's too wonderful!!"
Hotel being swapped out for one 30 minutes away near the airport was a disaster. The half-hour shuttles ran more like every hour and a half, and I spent two hours waiting for a ride Thursday and Friday night (meanwhile being choked to death by fumes from the ice cream trucks clogging the con drive). The drivers had no clear instructions about what they were supposed to do, one of them let us out INTO TRAFFIC a few blocks from the con b/c he didn't want to get any closer, and despite double-checking Sunday morning that the shuttle would be running until 5/6 p.m., discovered at 4 p.m. that SORRY, they're done actually before the con's done. What the hell?? Cue $30 cab ride back to hotel. -_- THIS is why I do NOT attend cons unless I can stay at a hotel within easy walking distance!! Thanks so much, Radisson, for screwing up my first time at Otakon so badly.
I spent a lot of time reflecting on the differences between Otakon and Anime Boston. Otakon was more subdued and more mature, both the attendees and the presenters. I'm used to AB presenters really putting on a show and working the crowds at the big events, and didn't see much of that at Otakon (maybe they're trying to keep people calm??). It was sort of like they were letting the con speak for itself, in terms of its importance and awesomeness, they didn't feel the need to hype it. The attendees overall seemed a bit older (no doubt attributing to the relative maturity level), more interested in being respectful and exhibiting a "we're all in this together" mentality. Otakon staffers were better prepared and of ample number to handle wrangling everything, lines were managed well and kept under control. I don't recall seeing any frazzled con staff having meltdowns or looking totally overwhelmed/confused.
Another big difference...the amount of clothing (or lack thereof) worn by female attendees. The clothing in general just worn on the street is kind of appalling in Baltimore (skintight everything, show as much as you can without actually prostituting yourself), but then the cosplayers just took it to a whole different level. I highly doubt some of the things I saw would be allowed into AB (or allowed out in public in Boston) and, if they were, they'd be stopping traffic. Also, little things like being in moderately good shape to wear such clothing were totally off the table. I really wish I could erase some of the things I saw from my mind... The hilarious part is that every single person I saw dressed (undressed?) like this was attended by a hovering boyfriend who seemed completely intimidated by the situation. I shudder to think what the dress code is going to be like five years from now. See-through thongs and pasties for EVERYONE!! And then there was the "naked" guy skateboarding around at night in a skin-colored speedo stuffed (I hope...) with an extra sock. *facepalm* Thanks for the memories, Otakon.
In AMV news, while I've not been inspired, I figure I'll try to work on something again. Anyone thinking of placing bets should keep their money in their wallets.
*rolls around* I've been watching a whole passel of my favorite AMVs to get me extra psyched for Otakon. All that's really accomplished is making me very envious of editors with talent and style I wish I had. Apparently there's a place one can arrive at, where one has reached the limits of exploration and all that's left is warm fuzzies for the progress of others. Go EMONG! GO GO MACHINA21!!
In other news, Otakon hilarity continues with hotel troubles never to be desired. It is entirely possible I'll arrive in Baltimore on Thursday without any place to stay, since the Otakon hotel system succeeded in accidentally doubly booking me, and now has possibly unbooked me. AMV Contest and Iron Editor here I come, too? Give me the boost I need to edit again!
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