DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
hehe, my magic works again
Otakon *happy dance*
After some wishy-washiness regarding Otakon due to the cost of attending clashing with the cost of my new car, I've taken the "in for a penny, in for a pound" approach. My airfare is non-refundable, my hotel is non-refundable, my registration is non-refundable...so at this point I haven't got much to lose that I haven't already lost. Otakon here I come!
Of course, this evening I got an e-mail saying my hotel's undergoing renovation, so I can't stay near the con and have instead been relocated to a hotel near the airport, some distance away. *SSSIIIIIGGGGHHH* There's complimentary shuttle service to and fro, but still...I've done the hotel-away-from-con thing before and there's a reason I was trying to stay nearby. What's really unfortunate is that this new hotel is the same one I got stuck at recently when a connecting flight failed and I was stranded in DC overnight...time to make some better memories?
On the other hand, there is now a shared room with moi (extra double bed) available at a rate of $70/night, payable in cash, for the entire con. Didn't have that option, before. Otakon, anyone?
In AMV news, my parody of last year's trailer for the Knights of Badassdom is now a weird relic of that movie's failed release. A hasty YouTube search shows I'm the only one who made a real attempt at paying homage to it, and in silly, self-centered moments I reflect that maybe the creators of the movie have viewed my AMV. What they might think - who knows. Still...it's kind of neat to consider that I was so inspired by their movie trailer that I sunk 250+ hours into a fan parody of it. For all I know, the movie is a complete dud, but I love the trailer for it. Good job trailer-maker!
"As always Drifty, thanks for your time and keen sense of detail. You've been as important as any plug-in."
My life is complete, I've achieved the glorious status of AMV plug-in! :D And I even install without malware...pretty spiffy.
In other news, AMVs and all that are falling off my radar big time. I think my 15+ year run as an ardent anime fan is coming to an end, which probably has something to do with the AMV stuff not holding my interest as it once did. Granted, I'm really frustrated with my inability to make certain videos and nothing turns me off like continually running into a brick wall. I need to find another hobby I can go crazy with, but what?
Interesting marketing dynamic noted today. You know those boxes of supermarket chocolates one can buy? Choose your poison: Whitman's Sampler, Russel Stover, etc? Well, I noticed a very interesting (to me, duh) psychological ploy going on tonight that sucked me in before I could build up a defense against it:
If they put six chocolates in a bag by the register (near the candy), tell you there's only two servings and wrap each chocolate up individually, you're much more likely to buy them because it's not like you're buying a BOX of chocolates, right? You're not being gluttonous and ridiculous by just buying a little bag of wrapped treats, RIGHT? Plus, it's not like you're buying a candy bar, which you never do, because these are little special chocolates, RIGHT?
NOT. Yes, I'm a Generation Xer and I'm proud of it! I use "NOT" to express sarcasm and wit! At one point in time this was the cool thing to do!
Needless to say, I bought and devoured the chocolates I never would have touched had they been in a box several aisles away from the register. :(
I am so weak. I don't even like chocolate that much.
Getting paid to for professional video work is ... gratifying.
So it's been quite a while since I've examined my AMVing history, probably because I haven't been as active editing as I was a couple years ago. Since a new landmark has been reached in this journey, it seems like a good time to recap.
tl;dr: AMV hobby helped get me where I am today professionally, and it can help you, too!
1999 Saw my first AMV (rather GMV, though at the time I didn't know either term), one that I still remember with crystal clear accuracy. FF8 to Metallica's Sandman. Given that I was infatuated with that game, the fact that it was a video set to music was kind of secondary. Still, this was the back in the day - when the Internet was still relatively young, cutting-edge file sharing was underground via Napster and I watched my first Cowboy Bebop on a DVD mailed for $1 from someone in California.
2000 First attempt at AMVing was via a multi-editor project. FAIL. I couldn't figure it out to save my life and had to throw in the towel. Still, I now had CS2 installed on my computer, and happily rediscovered my love of digital image editing fostered even back in elementary with many hours spent playing in PaintShop Pro.
Meanwhile, at work, I was in a position to do a teensy tiny bit of what was then known as desktop publishing and enjoyed myself immensely.
2000-2007 Racked up somewhere around 500+ hours of failed AMV editing. I ripped footage, I examined songs, I plotted and planned, and yet I couldn't do it to save my life. Something wasn't clicking. I did, however, get a lot of firsthand experience with every type of software/hardware failure associated with this hobby. The AMV Gods were against me big time. The only success I had was related to the graphic design elements I wanted to incorporate into my AMVs, and I racked up a lot of time on them.
Wanting to give something back to the AMVing community and show my support for the hobby, even if I couldn't make an AMV, I wrote the Pen Tool Guide.
Meanwhile, I'd decided I should pursue graphic design as a career. I enjoyed doing it, I'd always been into "art" and good at it. So I went back to school and got a piece of paper making it official and shortly thereafter got a good graphic design job.
2008 SUCCESS! I made my first AMV, shortly followed by a second, third and fourth. Wahooo! Now I'm a "real" AMV editor!? Hours racked up editing: probably well over 1,500.
2010 Got laid off during the recession, but miraculously landed another job - really my ideal job - that also just happened to be in the very area I'd been trying to get back to for the past 14 years. My resume listed video editing as one of my skills.
2012 Inspiration/motivation struck again, and I made a fifth AMV, this one the most intensive graphic design effort I'd put forth yet. I had a blast.
At work, we started to focus on developing video marketing materials. I "got" to work with a design agency on a promo video and went through unbelievable grief getting the video production crew to make the graphic elements of the video properly and give me properly compressed, formatted videos. Stupid stuff, like not using consistent fonts, screwing up corrections and giving me videos with horrific interlacing. My employer wasn't pleased with them and was doubly glad I'm around. We started making official plans for me to do future video work.
2013 (a.k.a. now) Promoted to manager (think something like a creative director/project manager/graphic designer/copywriter/branding specialist and you start to scratch the surface of what I do) and provided with a new PC for video editing endeavors.
A surprise project (most of my projects are like this) came up two weeks ago involving a 16-minute training video that needed to be filmed and produced in three days. I get the video one day into the three, then drop everything to get it into shape...but first I spend three hours getting the PC properly set up for editing and realize at some point (cue slightly maniacal laughter - door to my office was thankfully closed) that HEY, I'm not doing this at home on my own, I HAVE TECH SUPPORT NOW! :D
Tech support that knows little about video stuff, but still, I don't have to take responsibility for editing the registry keys, THEY CAN! Woohooo!! The downside to this, unfortunately, is that they've locked down my PC so tight I can't install any programs or support files myself, which makes everything a tad bit challenging. ZarxGUI (current build) doesn't work well on my work PC. It crashes on startup randomly or gets to 97% on an encode and then crashes. My IT department considers it a very unstable program. :|
Regardless, after about 14 hours of work, I produced the training video and it was very well received. My first professional video work, which would have been a flat-out impossibility were it not for my decade-plus AMV hobby. My penchant for delivering a quality product, being a stickler for crossing all the t's and dotting the i's, incorporating complex graphic elements and - of course - troubleshooting a variety of problems has paid off enormously. I am very, very happy to have put all of my hours of AMVing to good use, and it is certainly a big reason why I am where I am today, doing what I do.
So for anyone wondering about turning their AMV hobby into a career: as many others have said, it's probably not what you think and takes a lot of other skills. Can what you learn by making AMVs help with a career choice, enhance your resume and open doors? Absolutely, just like many other hobbies can. Hard work is a big part of it, too.
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