DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
More cucumber vodka, please.
The Good: Still interested.
The Bad: Still learning. Let me explain: back in the day when I was a teenager who - despite my better judgement - was very MUCH aware that I didn't "know everything," I observed an interesting fact about my creative skills: they were ok, but in 6-8 months I'd look back on my work and think it was bad, which meant I'd gotten enough better to recognize its flaws. This was very encouraging (for a glass-is-half-empty-DAMNIT-kind of person), and something I've kept an eye on over the years. Nothing makes me more worried and depressed than evaluating my creative work and failing to come up with flaws and things I would - given the chance - do better.
AMVs are right up there, as far as this creative evolution goes. I'm not gunning for the rock bottom like I once was, getting away with stuff by the skin of my cheeky, insubordinate little teeth. Nope, not really interested anymore. Why? Because the cheeky, insubordinate teeth now want to bite off more than they can chew, which only leads to choking b/c I don't have the necessary skills to properly masticate my AMV ideas (good lord...what an analogy). Instead, I'll dabble with other types of challenges and see what happens, namely my dreaded arch enemy The Action Sequence. *shudder*
The Ugly: Case in Point! I fussed long and hard over a mere 5-seconds of this video until the timing, the content, the concept, the perfect twitch of Harlock's eyelid all fell into place. VOILA! It's great! But not in THIS AMV, oh no, it's just not appropriate. I need to lighten up, loosen up and *gasp* just stick stuff on screen that doesn't make a lick of sense. It's quite liberating, in a way, but really like pulling teeth.
p.s. Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a flop of a film. I've developed several explanations for this, one of which I will share now: It's a movie that plays out like a 56-episode shonen anime series, jamming battles, characters, ludicrous plot devices, betrayals, reverse-betrayals (and counter-reverse-betrayals) and power-ups together as no movie ever should. I've got a little hidden agenda going on with this AMV of mine which takes aim at this, but it's only going to work if the AMV works.
Rollin' rollin' rollin!
Computer Cooperation: CHECK
Captain, prepare for liftoff!
The Bad: Um...my toes are cold.
Let me backtrack a bit... the forecast for this weekend called for heavy rain, clouds, etc., all in all excellent editing weather. I was really looking forward to holing up in my office, cranking away at this AMV, because when it's nice out, I tend to spend all my time outside enjoying nature (particularly after a long, hard winter). Image my aggravation when I wake up Saturday morning to glorious sunshine, soft breezes and perfect temperatures! DAMNIT! THIS is why I don't usually make AMVs in the spring/summer! It's too nice to be inside!
So I spent the whole day happily (but irritatedly) outside, and this morning I've logged a few more hours on this video, even though it's just as nice today as it was yesterday. I'm wearing sandals, however, 'cause it's soooo nice out, and since all the windows are open and I haven't moved much lately, my toes are cold. :(
Er hem, yeah. brrr. No I will NOT put socks on!
The Ugly: Making AMVs (for me, anyways) is always an interesting exercise in trying to go with the flow while controlling the ever living hell out of my video. It requires micromanagement on a macro level, or perhaps macromanagement on a micro level. This is just how I do what I do, and no wonder I don't find it all that fun. When it works, it's great, but holy cow it can be a struggle to get to the point where something "works." Most of my progress on this video has entailed experimenting like crazy with stuff, saving bits and pieces, decided 20 times to change what I'm doing and then kicking myself because I'm screwing up the "big picture" with my perfectly constructed 5-second sequence.
Still - as I've said before - one thing I do immensely enjoy about this hobby is not having anyone breathing down my neck, demanding I work faster, stop being such a perfectionist, do things "their" way, etc. etc. You know, everything that happens when you're professionally paid to be creative, but only within reason 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. I will make my AMVs as good as I want them to be, the WAY I want them to be, and I don't care that much how long it takes!
p.s. No special effects so far, and I don't know yet whether any will be required. Some lip syncing most likely, but if that's the only thing I have to do, I'll be a happy camper.
Woooo!!! Wait wha---
Yep, this thing can definitely happen - odds of success are now 85%. I am thrilled to pieces! Now, if Premiere would just stop crashing on me, everything would be really great. Really, really great. :| *Attempts to recover last auto-save project. Again.*
The Good: I give this AMV about a 24% chance of being made.
The Bad: As usual, my burst of good intent was fouled by technical difficulties. For some time my PC has been behaving badly, so rather than do something stupid like try to edit with it in such a state, I reformatted the HD. Now, I only did this a year or two ago and my computer's...hrm...at least five, maybe six years old, but has always run like a champ. I'm still keeping a close eye on it, in case the hardware or memory or something is starting to go, but so far the reformat has made a huge difference. Still, if it starts to take a dive I'm going to have to get a new computer.
The Ugly: So I'm using the new Captain Harlock CG movie for my footage, and I haven't quite figured out why. Yes, it's gorgeous...but that is ALL that movie has going for it. To be fair, even that's a stretch, because the animation of the characters' faces (except for the lead) is pretty bad. It's particularly hilarious watching how the animators convey emotions with hammy, absurd caricatures of expressions. Yes, I want to see if I can make something deceptively decent out of it, but there's lots of anime that I could do the same thing with. I think it's the realism I like about CG, I like to show off something that - just on its own - is visually arresting.
anyways...it's supposed to be rainy this weekend, so my plan is to work on this thing and possibly get sidetracked by any number of other AMV ideas which have never amounted to a hill of beans. First, though, I'm off to my garden, where I'm moving 200 lb. granite blocks about for artistic reasons. Only dropped them on my feet twice yesterday (and no, I am not wearing steel-toed workboots).
Very true, and thus my plotting rapidly evolved into a "HA HA, made you think it was good!" trap almost immediately. But a good trap, the kind that says "See? This could have been a cool movie, but no...this AMV is the coolest thing you're going to get out of CGI Harlock."
*dusts off Premiere* I don't want to do this, but I sort of feel like I need to prove a point. And trick people. We'll see. This will probably be a "meh" AMV, but gosh darnit, I should be able to slack off and just play it straight once in a while. Haven't done that since... uh...hrm...never. Well! Never to late to start, I guess. Although in this case, it's more like I have to beat people to the punch, and I suspect I'm going to be late to the party.
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