DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
Anime Boston here I don't really come
Just don't have the time/money this year to make a full run at AB. Also don't have a video at stake, which really puts a damper on my enthusiasm. 40+ people going to the editor's dinner, but not me (drat - I'd love to see the restaurant filled halfway to capacity with just one huge group of editors) and who knows if I'll get to see the AMV contest at all. Hopefully they schedule things such that I have time to get my badge Saturday morning and still watch the contest and track down folks before...
EXTREEEME Iron Editor! *huzza*
Which I get to sort of be a part of again. Can't wait to see what Bashar has planned, hopefully nothing that involves torture of the judges. I had some horrible ideas for what one could do to people. I'm creative like that.
Speaking of which, I just concluded my second week as a newly-minted manager. Things went ok, I guess. There is not much change from what I was doing before, except that now I have official authority to do certain things and get to share the blame if projects go badly in my department. There's been some downs and a few less ups, but that's kind of normal. Fortunately we've hired someone to take on a big chunk of my past e-marketing responsibilities, so that I theoretically have time to concentrate on other things. It's made me realize that it probably wasn't my fault that certain projects on my plate just could never get done. I still spent eight hours last weekend working on one of those certain projects to try and move it forward, though.
Hence no AMV progress! I knew I could work that in, somehow...
How old am i now, 35? How old are you, now?
I suppose at some level drama on the Internet boils down not to age, but maturity, self esteem and one's priorities. I've been guilty of Internet drama, and I know from whence it came. Just...ugh... I wonder if this is a sign that I've become apathetic and (finally) an "adult?" Some things are just not worth the energy...
Nothing much to report, just posting for posterity.
Life has become rather crazy. This is mostly to be blamed on my recent promotion at work to a management position, plus the addition of a new person to our department, then there were the guests visiting me for five days (very welcome) and all that entails. Also, I've been spending a lot of time gardening, because keeping me inside once the weather gets nice is just about next to impossible.
As much as I'd love to submit a video to Otakon, not sure it's going to happen. Today I used up some creative juice on a magazine ad showing a murdered transmission. I had a roaring good time applying blood to the image. I shouldn't be in management, I'm happiest doing my graphics thing... oh well. This is what happens when you're good at what you do, but not good enough, I guess.
@Bashar You lucky bastard, I wish I had a glorious project to die from!
As was recently pointed out, I seem to get sick in the spring a lot (thanks Drew). True, or at least, I rarely get sick, but when I do it seems indeed to be spring. Some sort of horrible flu virus is sweeping through my office, and before I even knew sweeping was going on, I got caught in it and have spent the past three days more or less flat on my back.
Better now than next week when I'm off to Florida for the annual Photoshop World Convention! Woooo!! Weather looks nice, 85 and sunny, though I'll be cooped up in the convention center during daylight hours. That's ok, actually. I am not the tanning type and 15 minutes in the Florida sun would definitely burn me, right now.
Oh right, my AMV that I did not finish in time for AB (like that had a chance in hell of happening):
In the Key of D
Edit: 32 hours
Post-Production/Special Effects: 0
The Good: Um...I spent seven hours sweating over a rather minor bit of the AMV so that I could discover none of it works at all?
The Bad: Its like, the intro first minute or so is up here *waves hand above head* and the rest of the AMV is down here somewhere *waves hand around waist*. That's not going to work. It's all got to be up here *waves hand around head*. Ya know?
The Ugly: But how to get it there.... I don't want to sink into eyecandyland. Perhaps sink isn't the best word, certainly the song just about screams for SOMETHING to visually shift, but I need to find something - some style perhaps - that I'm comfortable with and can pull off. Both tricky propositions.
Oh well, off to Florida! I'll worry about it when I get back.
*kicks over table*
In the Key of D
Edit: 25 hours
Post-Production/Special Effects: 0
Percent Completion: ????%
Being mightily displeased with Eugenie's Song and feeling like there must be something I can submit to Anime Boston that is better than that (or, more importantly, that I think is better than that), I grabbed my old Vampire Hunter D AMV and rewatched what I had done some months ago before abandoning it.
Hey. This is pretty good. This is...REALLY good! It's doing exactly what I wanted it to do (my standard for whether an AMV is acceptable - control freak, much?). I should see if I can finish this for AB!
Let's just ignore the fact that the 25 hours I have thus far spent on it were almost exclusively the intro sequence which I always had a clear vision for, and that there is still 3/4 of the song left to deal with that I never knew how to handle. IGNORE IGNORE IGNORE. The point is to be excited and motivated. Which I am.
Oh, and this past week I took a 10-hour crash course in filming and video production. We used Final Cut Pro in the studio, which was very interesting since I use Premiere. I didn't learn much technically, but last night there was literally a moment as we worked on editing a scene and dialogue when I sat back in my chair and went, "OMG, THIS is how people make AMVs. THIS is what I have been doing WRONG for 10 years." I suppose I will be testing this theory over the course of this weekend, as I attempt to edit faster and more efficiently and effectively than I ever have before. *crosses fingers*
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