Sunday, January 16, 2011

Working on a video

Hello my dearest blog readers! I've been meaning to blog to impart CRUCIAL INFORMATION, but I've been busy; since I fancy myself an up-and-coming YouTube star,* I of course had to enter Ministry of Magic's music video contest. We filmed on four separate days, in four separate locations.

On Friday, after a rather successful tea party (there was much drinking, eating, dancing, singing, and nerding), I hunkered down to begin editing. Many hours later, I turned in for the night.** The next morning I woke up and promptly resumed editing. I edited. And edited. And %$@!ing edited. All day. (With some breaks to eat.)

At 9:30, STILL NOT FINISHED, I gave up for the night, and spent the next five hours on YouTube, Twitter, in Liz's blogtv show, and chatting with DFTBAngela.

This morning I woke up at 10:30, showered, breakfasted, and RESUMED EDITING. And here I am, at 7:00, still editing. Usually I only take three or four hours to edit, but there are several reasons it is taking longer with this project.
1. I am on my laptop, which has little memory. This  means that it takes video SO LONG to render onto Adobe Premiere. So I have to do a lot of waiting.
2. I kind of sort of maybe forgot to film one of the parts that I needed. Which means that I have to do a little more fudging, and fudging takes longer. Trust me on this.
3. I'm using way more effects than normal. Not CRAZY-COLORS-SPINNING-OMG-IN-UR-FACE effects. Just subtle effects that take TIME to RENDER.

So that is what I've been doing the past three days. But what I really wanted to blog about was this: in the upcoming week, I am leaving for a retreat with my school. There will be no computers, no internet, no cameras, no phones. I'm going to be completely isolated from EVERYTHING.

This possibly means that I won't hear when Luke announces the winners of the contest, although I don't expect much. Winning Strawburry17's contest was a pleasant surprise, and I'm proud of this new video so far. But there are well over 100 entries*** to this contest, and some of them are really, REALLY GOOD.

So yeah, I'm going to be away from the internet starting Tuesday, and going until Friday or Saturday. Just try not to have too much fun without me, okay?

With more editing to do,

*Only not.

**Or morning, as it technically was morning at the time.

***119 the last time I checked.


  1. Good luck with the video contest! I too spend a good portion of this weekend editing for a completely different music video contest, so I FEEL your PAIN. Have fun on your retreat!

  2. Ahh, editing. One of my great joys, but also can be a MASSIVE PAIN IN THE REAR.

    I echo Rachel's good luck wishes.

    One more thing. A tea party? My dear, you are AWESOME.

  3. Wow so much preparation! I really hope that you win. I'll defiantly keep an eye out for your video and its winning of the contest.

  4. Rendering is video-maker purgatory, I am quite certain. I've had to edit some for my school news show lately, and it takes FOREVER for Adobe Premiere to render on our big, fancy-schmancy Mac. I can't even begin to comprehend the length of time it takes on a smaller, less fancy-schmancy computer. Still, I've seen your video, and it seems to have been worth it. Nice work!