The average final run time of my produced wedding video package is about 2.5 hours of finished footage. Each second of that video contains 24 individual images. If you do the math, that adds up to over 215k images minimum! Lets talk about one.Read More
When I first went full-time as a videographer and stay-at-home parent, I launched a daily vlog. My idea was to release a daily video of my life, before my professional work started picking up. My goal was to develop a solid work ethic, as-well as getting a lot of practice with my tools, but quickly became an unrealistic work load for me sustain. I still kept making fun videos on the side when I could, but nothing of a consistent release schedule.
There was another benefit to that project that I did not realize until recently. While talking to some wedding clients, I realized some were looking at many of my videos, wedding related or not, and would then cite my creativity as a major selling point for choosing me over a studio or another independent videographer. I'm not saying that just to navel gaze, as flattering as those compliments are (please don't stop giving them), they also scare me. Lately I'm noticing that the more wedding projects I book, the more wedding-videos I study, and the more I think my videos have to meet their formula, the less creative I feel. I can't let success and expectations change the qualities that got my foot in this door.
Here is a wedding video I found that inspired me to keep staying true to the independent-artistic spirit.
Sara Dietschy shot this video with just one camera and no sound gear, and yet it has more style and creativity than some of the most popular wedding videos that I have found on youtube.
To keep my creative flame ablaze, I have decided to re-launch the vlog project with a new approach. First off, the vlog will not be an exclusive look at a day in my life. There will also be DIY-Tutorial videos about how I use my gear, what mistakes I have made/avoided and some behind the scenes of certain projects. The other change will be the release schedule, which will be every Monday. That is specifically for videos I label as "Vlog", other finished videos will simply be released when completed.
My evolution as an LGBTQ inclusively minded individual can be credited to many different experiences like movies, books and a diversifying social life, but one that stands out very clearly in my past, happened while attending a Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center. During a stoppage of play the Jumbotron kiss-cam gag began, and the final couple featured in the cutout of a heart, with loud kissy sounds and a cheesy 80s rock ballad, were two of the opposing team male players sitting on their bench side-by-side. The crowd laughed, and at the time even I had a 6th grade schoolyard inclination to giggle. I immediately felt pretty ashamed to witness something live-action that seemingly was this harmless joke to many, but also a brash reminder to those attending that don't exclusively identify as heterosexual (closeted or not), do not warrant the same legitimacy as the rest; that some or most of what they find attracts them to a romantic partner has been specifically and exclusively shown as just an emasculating joke.
It warms my heart, so very much to watch this, and see this trend beautifully come full circle, I found this video from an entire blog post about this very subject matter:
It was a Summer Sunday morning, Diane had gone out to pick up coffee and I was in charge of cooking breakfast and watching Logan. I decided to teach him how to help me cook breakfast, and that idea was immediately followed by the notion, "this would make a cute video". I ran off to grab my camera and when I came back, Logan was already spilling pancake batter on the floor. I won't lie, my first thought was, "of course? you can't shoot a video and teach a toddler how to cook at the same time All by myself".
For me, that moment of doubt, is what I love about being an artist, the barrier separating what's easy and what's worthwhile. The value can be a lesson of abject failure, practice with handling obstacles or sometimes it can actually be the ingredient toward the quality of a piece that really works.
This was a special moment, one that I feel like was captured accurately, and one that I personally will cherish as both a parent and an artist.
Sometimes you gotta put all the fancy cameras, tripods and Final Cut Pro rendering load times to the side, take your kid to a park, and capture some silly fun on your Phone.
I have the apps: iMovie (Apple $5), Capture (YouTube-free) and Cameo (Vimeo-free). They are all a bit different and useful in their own ways, but I find myself gravitating towards Cameo lately. It is perfect for when you want to do something quickly without sacrificing creative flair. I love the cool filters, music catalogue, fonts and the 6-second time limit per cut seemed like a downside at first, but it actually helps you edit faster and will result in a video that has fantastic pacing. The time I would normally spend trying to figure out if a shot is too long or too short, is now eliminated cause I simply find something cool, cut and move on to the next edit.
Sampling all the filters is already giving me fun ideas for future projects to do with my phone on the fly anytime, anywhere. RIP-Battery life.
Simply put, there is no excuse to not do something creative and fun if you have this app.