JOURNAL: Kai Stromler (Kai Stromler)

  • to die at my feet 2015-05-17 12:55:39
    SH127:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: done, as far as it goes
    - Clipping: complete
    - Edit: 1:48/5:28
    - Postproc: none

    The major lesson of the last ten days is that when you recognize something as an addictive behavior pattern to the point that you have to stop doing it, you need to stay stopped doing it, period. Addiction is forever, and if not everything is as compulsive and damaging as, say, heroin, that's not a reason to take it lightly. Having stepped back away and resolved to stay stepped back away, I am nearly back on track with my language commitments and up to, as of this morning, the first wall hit at about the 30% mark. Having other stuff to do, this video will probably not finish before the end of the week, but stranger things have happened. The video's looking pretty good at this point, but it is also pretty early, and I haven't done a project this long in literally years; we'll see if I can stay on schedule, and keep up to at least the current marks set.

    --Kai out

     
  • climb the turnbuckle high 2015-05-07 09:23:12
    SH127:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: done, as far as it goes
    - Clipping: complete
    - Edit: 0:02/5:28
    - Postproc: none

    Somehow, I was able to push on through a pretty much max-commitment night last night and get the song mapped out, then take a couple minutes this morning and straighten out the tail end of the song before doing up basically what amounts to a style guide on the first couple seconds. There is both more and possibly less than two seconds done; some of this is a reflection on the limitations of the still pretty linear progress block formatting, but more is a reflection of the fact that when you're talking about two seconds of video and still zero rejected edit decisions, there is a lot of room for shit to be kind of nebulous.

    The expectation is that I won't be able to get anything done tonight (vocab days are hard like that), but this can change; if there is anything consistent about this process, it is that plans, as everywhere else in the world, vanish into dust at the first point of challenge. We'll see; as yet there is not nearly enough information on pace to define how long this is going to take in hours per minute, let alone slot out how those hours are going to happen in any kind of real-time framework.

    --Kai out

     
  • one for sorrow 2015-05-06 09:31:47
    SH127:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: working...
    - Clipping: complete
    - Edit: none
    - Postproc: none

    For the most part, the prep work is done: the cut is finished, and the source is loaded and indexed, the song set up for timing and close planning. Had I managed to get that done before the end of last night, it might have been possible to start editing today; unfortunately, commitments today are such that it is going to be virtually impossible to do anything more than get the song accurately mapped and timed out.

    This, though, does not stop me from looking ahead: most of the work by anticipated time commitment is still ahead on this one, but with the cut finished and a commitment made to getting stuff on the timeline and figuring out how and when and within what parameters edit is going to happen is basically the event horizon where a video turns from something that might happen to something that is going to happen imminently. Once that's decided, the weight of the production queue inevitably pushes the next one forward: under consideration for SH128 are two projects from VHS->DVD conversions, one of which is a new idea from the scraps of SH126 (which I said I probably wouldn't do, but this is a little more constrained) and one of which is an old idea that was previously assigned to, and then de-assigned from, SH120 four years ago. The decision point is probably going to come at the end of the weekend; if things flow one way, I might be most of the way done editing, able to finish next week, and with enough time to fit in a six-disc cut with significant picture damage in time to also do a more modern video before packing out at the end of June. If they go the other, more likely way, I do almost no editing, lose yet another week of May, and to finish two projects in a month would have to promote the one that doesn't involve doing a cut. This also kind of indirectly dictates which of the two non-selected contenders for SH127 is going to get slotted for SH129, but thinking seriously about something at that distance is too much even for this kind of exercise.

    --Kai out

     
  • remember you came from dust 2015-05-05 07:57:46
    SH127:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: working...
    - Clipping: 10/11
    - Edit: none
    - Postproc: none

    After losing the weekend to outside commitments and a combination of health and anxiety issues that is still not completely resolved, I recovered the tailspin last night at least long enough to get through my major marks and still have the time to chomp through most of the remaining cut. The external pressures are unchanged today, but with only one block remaining, I should be able to finish the cut and get the source pool Magix-prepped tonight, then finalize the planning tomorrow and hopefully get into edit on the weekend. Not "out of edit" -- there's far too much other stuff in the picture for that, and this is a five and a half minute song -- but at least "into", with the intention to get out sooner rather than later. Every project comes with its own set of challenges as regards process complexity and editing pace, but a runtime over five minutes is a guarantee of at least two wall hits and the attendant hair-tearing at the worst possible times.

    --Kai out

     
  • you said that god was all around us 2015-04-30 10:11:38
    SH127:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: 8/11
    - Storyboard/planning: working...
    - Clipping: 7/11
    - Edit: none
    - Postproc: none

    Knock-on effects knock on: work pre-empts housework pre-empts study pre-empts video work. The failure chain propagates, and shit flows downhill. Fortunately, the big meetings are over for the week, so I should probably be able to do some more cutting tonight and, perhaps, get out of the weekend ready to go into edit.

    Though the cut is going pretty fast, a significant reason for that is that this is a full-season TV source, and as such has some undesirable characteristics. Shows tend to begin and end with a bang; about half my source gathered so far (by volume) was cut out of the first episode, and I fully expect that the last couple eps will be similarly rich. However, there is a huge drag in the middle of most one-season shows, as the budget stretches and characters talk the plot points of the show out in cuts that are not really useful for an AMV concepted out of the main impression of the series: one that is generated by the setup (first couple eps) and the conclusion (last few). You still have to do this work -- there are several excellent cuts in here that would make the coming video worse by their omission from the source pool -- but it gets depressing scanning through source and not cutting stuff. You question your non-include decisions that much more strongly, you check and recheck that you're still on pace to hit your marks for overage; about the only positive in this is that not cutting stuff does tend to resolve more quickly than cutting stuff, so this will tend to take less time.

    I could have potentially done this one differently (the series involved has a condensation movie), but I'm standing by this choice. I'm in good shape to do the video I want to do, and while it's a pain having to grind through non-useful cuts of characters talking to each other with the wrong expressions, or to have to discard literally every mid-range setup as too underdrawn to be any use at all, there is a lot of good content here, and a lot of what I want to take did not make it into the film version. The work is its own reward; hopefully, the video that emerges out of this will be good enough to make that case.

    --Kai out

     
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