Finally got this set of very intense, albeit short computer generated animations for one of the podcasts clips. It took over a year because I needed a PC fast enough to handle some of the graphics I am creating. Yesterday just felt like the day to work on this.
Still not a lot of editing done (for me, plenty for clients and then some). When you have 8-10 hours of content to edit, your schedule kinda goes out the window. I have been doing wacky schedules with morning classes, afternoons off to watch TV or movies, then editing during night time. I prefer this, especially squeezing enjoyment out of the last warm days of the year. What I have carved out time for is writing a new short script.
Not a lot completed over the weekend. I just wasnít feeling the creative process. I wasnít frustrated, as I filled my time with social activities and housework. I installed an outdoor light all by myself. We painted the door frame and garage door. No, this is not as satisfying as doing something creative like writing or editing. Hopefully I can make up for this lost weekend during the week. Except I am teaching several days.
Got a new edit system. I doubled my RAM, doubled the CPU, and moved my 10 terabytes of storage over. Upgraded to Adobe CS6, been sitting on the discs for this for a while. Itís working well for me and to be honest, the speed increase is noticeable when I do graphics and animations. Since I am about to tackle a few graphics intensive projects for myself, it times out well.
I got to editing on the new Uncle Peteís Play Time clips, got 2 out of 3 cut. Already sent them off to the animator. Today will be working with the unfinished Movie Clichť segments too. More importantly, Iíve got a script in my head that is reaching what I call the fermentation point.
Tuesday was a semi-day off. I had only clerical work. I purposely would not edit. No editing for 24 hours. Just wanted to clear my head, enjoy some music, a movie or two, ride my bike and a lot of cleaning around the house. Gotta tell ya, riding the bike first really did energize me for the rest of the day. I plan on doing more of that earlier when I can.
The Interactive Multicam Project is now online . Whew! That was a long time coming. I am in a groove right now, just rocking it with edits and post production. Iím working seriously long days on political ads, including weekends and full days on Sundays. Still, I get home and start cutting away. Gotta get more done.
At the end of a work day, especially doing editing, most people would go out to eat, maybe have a drink, watch a movie, maybe go on a date, or even bowling or some such. Me? I come home and edit some more. I have such a mountain of works I set before myself that I want to see done. It starts with clearing the queue of old projects.
Almost done with the newest interactive tutorial. Been getting everything ready to unveil. Since we were on the greenscreen and shooting 4K anyways, I decided to make a video intro separate from the Tech Tip. The footage looks mostly good, and I will be happy to put this out into the world, both parts of it.
An amusing anecdote on the movie theater. I went to see a double feature recently of THE JUDGE and GONE GIRL. Both were really great movies; nice to see adult dramas on the big screen again. GONE GIRL was very dark, original, and funny to me. I was very audible during the screening, hooting, hollering on occasion, and even howling with sinister laughs.
Editing. Lots and lots of editing. From early in the morning into the wee hours of night, all I see are in and out points. Not a lot getting finished that isnít for a client. I need to focus down, finalize some of these things that have the most work.
Damn. This newest Tech Tip (originally a Sonnyboo Podcast) took substantially longer to finish than I thought. I had to re-shoot inserts, re-record voice overs a 3rd time. My desire to make better works means sometimes scrapping what youíve got. I donít believe in ĎGood Enoughí, not anymore. SEE BELOW
As the cold enters, my heart still warms. So much good happens to me right now. This weekend entails editing a lot of client material yet I am determined to get a lot of mine own stuff done too. The multicam demo readies itself it seems. The audio mixes are coming back in, sounding great. The editing by me is minimal as it is for anyone else in the world to cut together. I canít wait to see what people do with this.
As I am preparing the next interactive FRAMELINES online tutorial, I get an email from someone. It says that they are student at FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY, and that they just got their editing assignment; they are editing my footage from the first FRAMELINES online tutorial. I have been using the footage in my college level course where I teach, but you knowÖ. itís my footage. I wasnít mentally prepared for other accredited schools to pick up on it too
Epic failure to complete works I intended to do all weekend. I got some stuff shot, pickups and the like. At least when Iím not feeling the editing mode, I punish myself by doing a lot of other, non-creative work. I took apart a bookshelf to plug in a light. Re-arranged my home edit suite, installed a printer/scanner/copier, did laundry, and lots of feline-mood-enhancement therapy.
Got 3 things shot last night. All in 6 hours to boot. I feel fantastic, if not exhausted. My obsessive-compulsive side is partially sated by getting shot some of the projects in the queue. Of course, shooting in my own living room didnít hurt, as in that took the least amount of permission of anywhere I could possibly shoot.
FINALLY! Some time off, at least time off work for other people. This week I have no classes, absolutely minimal paid work. That means attacking a backlog of material shot but not edited. Starting with the latest SHORT TAKE (see below), and then the rest.
Man, does this stuff keep trucking! I canít stop working, still for the cash money. Thatís not a bad thing, owning a house is expensive stuff. Iím yearning for some time to mine own self to get things finished in my personal repertoire. As it is, going to shoot several new things next week. Crew and everything scheduled for these.
This wheel keeps turning. Iíve got a lot of writing done for the next few projects. From a few brand new SHORT TAKES for FRAMELINES (to go along with the other 6 already shot), the next few Sonnyboo Podcasts, and finalizing the next few Movie Clichťs as well. I love being productive in my creative side.
My editing computer at home is in need of upgrading. Usually, every 2-3 years, I get a new machine that is roughly double the RAM and CPU power of the last one. Unfortunately, for over a year, things appear to be stagnating, at least where cost is concerned. I can double the juice, but at double the price. So I will have to make do with some minor upgradesÖ.