Putting together a semi-coherent web-show is actually a lot of hard work and easy to mess up. Considering my episodes are around the 7 minute mark, it keeps me awake at night thinking about the poor, if not slightly lucky, souls who have to edit full TV shows together.
From my two episodes I have about half an hour of film that I’ve scrubbed through of me messing up and getting things just slightly wrong. If you want an exercise in maintaining self confidence, or if you just want to see how long it will take for you to want to punch yourself in the face, film yourself making endless little mistakes and then sort through it.
Oh, also, the music: That’s completely my music! I made that this morning! I’m oddly proud! Exclamation mark proud!
I present episode 2 of An Introduction to Video Games. In this episode, we have a look at some different genres of video games.
This took forever to put together and I learnt many things, for example my video editing software does not like video files over 3GB in size and when you are 98% done with the editing process, it will crash constantly in a desperate and successful attempt to get your attention and make you want to cry/explode/both.
An Introduction to Video Games should always appear here, but you can also catch it on my Blip TV show page (UPDATE: No you can’t! Blip.tv got shut down!). I think you can also find it on iTunes…but I wouldn’t put money on that.
Incidentally, Blip TV: Actually pretty cool and well worth taking a look. I think they’re doing something very interesting that could very well be the next big thing. (UPDATE: Hahahahahahaha wooooo hindsight)
I’ve often seen shows cite ‘Production Difficulties’ for delays. I think I see what they mean, or at least I have a rough idea of what it COULD mean.
For me, Production Difficulties ™ are currently encompassing the ‘but it takes a long time’ end of the scale, and issues caused by a reluctance to write a full and carefully constructed script, saying ‘oh I’ll fix it in post’, which is a truly poisonous phrase as anyone who has ever worked on a film of any kind will attest to.
I’m also expecting the production speed of my web-show to speed up with time. The pilot was a learning experience, this episode will be a slightly more refined product with any luck, and in a few months time, I’ll be able to get them done much much quicker.
The main reason I’m posting this drivel is actually to say thank you for watching. My stats from Blip TV say it has been watched just under 150 times, which is in my mind a big number. I realise lots of blogs and sites get traffic in numbers that make my eyes water and my brain hurt, but I’m inordinately proud of my three figure number.
A while ago, I wrote about how I couldn’t understand why more people didn’t try to make their own television shows. I then couldn’t work out why I hadn’t tried to make one before.
As a result of these musings, I bring you my pilot episode of ‘An Introduction To Video Games’.
Making this, whilst fun, has taught me why more people don’t try it. It’s much harder than it looks and takes ages to put together. I do suspect that if I make another one, it will be produced much quicker!