As I'm sure has come apparent, that bad luck I was talking about hit about two days after I wrote this. First I lost the use of the place I was filming (leaving footage unusable as I didn't want to 'downgrade' location in future videos), then more family illness left me with alot less time on my hands for a few weeks.
So, here is a test video of the sort of thing I'll be doing... I would love to hear all thoughts, good and bad, as it'll help me get better at this. Below in the blurred paragraphs I've put down everything I feel is wrong and needs work so check it after you watch in case you waste loads of your time only to have me go, "Oh, I know," but anything else I'd love to hear, this is a safe space, don't be afraid of offending me
Bear in mind that I realize this sort of stuff isn't everyone's cup of tea, so I don't mind anyone not liking it on that basis, but even then, I'd love to hear any thoughts that can make it more universally entertaining or anything that worked regardless
Nearly all the problems here can be connected me losing the use of the original location I had, I hope to have a new one asap.
Here be issues
Where I am in the frame - I'm now using a space about 10x5 and that makes framing with the right sort of focus behind me incredibly difficult. The room is also cluttered with two sofas, bookcases, two desks, a set of drawers, a cupboard and the central heating system. The camera is invariably against something in every shot I'm filming. This adds to the problem of...
Out of focus picture - While I've been editing for years, I'm learning all the other stuff as I go, over the past few months, and I'll be the first to admit that I still have issues gaining the sharpest focus I can at times. This is exacerbated greatly by the camera monitor almost against a wall or whatever... I'm now using an external monitor so this issue will be improved upon greatly.
Lighting - Because of the space I couldn't do proper three point lighting and the room has barely any natural light coming into it. This meant I was paranoid about how much lighting I was getting and overexposed what I shot, meaning I could do pretty much nothing in post-processing. The footage literally and figuratively doesn't show me in the best light.
Voiceover sound I recorded this straight into the laptop while in bed sick, so it sounds pretty awful, you can hear how unwell I am. I would have re-recorded it but I've gotten sick again and sounded the same for the past week, so would have been a pretty pointless waste of time.
My accent -.I have a very thick accent and I'm trying to reel it in and sound as understandable as possible. I was in a DJing English speaking documentary once for Red Bull along with DJs from all over Europe - Swiss, French, Italian, Bulgarian... I was the only one subtitled.
Transitions - Some scene transitions aren't great (to the standard I hold myself to) but it's a case of get it done not get it perfect, so the time it would take to edit and fix them I'll just use to focus on future videos.
Another wee thing I guess is that my cousin, the first person to watch it, said, "You're not being the most 'Parker' you can be, you can tell you're not completely able to be how you normally are in real life."
He's pretty spot on, despite feeling like an introvert in my head (a robot is the usual complaint from girlfriends) when I was a kid I worked out pretty quickly that I hated people worrying or feeling sorry for me, and that the sure fire way of nullifying that was to act as outgoing as possible, hence I finding talking on stage or to large groups quite natural, but in those situations you have expressions and real time reaction to work off. This - Looking into a giant,soulless,crow's eye and finding a rapport - is bloody difficult, but I'm getting better at it.
Anyway, hope yous enjoy it and thank you for the time
Oh oh also, if you are going to share these, which I would LOVE and be very, very grateful, please wait until I have a few videos up, as there's more chance of gaining subscribers if I've more than one video so give me three or four before you do, if you do