First off, I can't thank you enough for this feedback, it's very difficult for me to get it amongst friends in real life and family but here I can trust everyone to give me accurate thoughts.
Thank you for the positives obviously, I love hearing that, especially you being able to see me on TV, but I'll focus on the negatives here; talking them out will help me think and work out how to improve and get much better at them.
I've been feeling that myself watching it back, I did it in one long take and missed some of the things I had in my head that I wanted to say so it's missing some much needed meat, I think from now on I'll rehearse a little beforehand.
I can't agree enough. This was recorded the night after the GITS one and although I'd fixed the ISO problem and could warm up the footage, I still had no room from proper 3-point lighting.
I'll be completely honest here, when I lost the location I was originally intending to use I considered knocking the whole thing on the head. I had an exact idea of what I wanted in terms of set up (changing background posters and props, different 'areas' to film, and the size I needed for the shots I wanted to do) and it really got to me. I basically ended up saying to myself, "Let's get it done, not perfect." When building an audience there's no time to waste. I'm looking for a new location I can afford and there will be different locations/set-ups for the episodes until the end of the first ten, but you are 100% spot on here.
I'm having real problems with this. I have footage and audio where I speak quicker and punchier but my accent really thinkens up in them and I'm quite sure I'd be unintelligible to most people. I think there is no quick fix to this, it's simply a case of slowly speeding up and staying clear over time and experience. I'm also finding the voice overs difficult, the more detached I am from speaking to people in person, the more I sound flat and robotic. It's something I know will get better, I think it will just be a case of how quick that happens.
I have four types of main 'show' - Cheat Sheet, viral type click bait, action and in-depth, and then I'll do a lot of shorter things off the cuff more or stuff that isn't serious (Drunkanory and Superhero Dojo junior with my nephew and stuff like that). Each one of the main ones has a specific tone and set up - Cheat Sheet you've seen, Viral stuff will be fast paced and on location, 'action' will be different settings where I 'do' things, whether it be reaction to watching films/TV as I watch or play games or cover something like a comic con, then in-depth which is much more a sort of 'fireside chat' at a desk where I talk about how I think things could be fixed in different areas of something, tackling a current issue or why something amazing is so good.
This Cheat Sheet could have easily been 12 minutes, I pared it down as much as I could and probably could have shaved off more, I definitely get what you are saying here, but time was against me and I was very wary of losing too much. You're right about length, I'm happy for them (Cheat Sheets) to be around 6-8 mins to offset the 2-3 minute viral type stuff but I need to always try to keep them as sharp and as close to the 6 minute mark as possible. The length of the other types I'll play by ear and aim not to have them outstay their welcome.
I had a bit more about Ricky but decided to cut it and stick to the one anecdote, I was very worried about playing on that aspect and being disingenuous to him (I haven't saw him in 20 years and I think much of what I could say come across as gossipy) and to myself in terms of dwelling on it. I kept it concise in terms of the book, too, as I intend to to a piece comparing them at the end of the first series.
Music was a ballix in this one as I had to strike the right tone for the content so I'm glad to hear it worked. I initially wanted to try and tie the music to the subject as much as possible for hardcore fans but the right tone is probably more important than fan service, I'm hoping I can strike a good balance at times, but you've sold me here on tone coming first.
Ha ha, looks like you owe me a dig then, the main videos will always start like that for uniform sign on/sign off - having said that, I do intend to play with it in the future - I want to take the piss out of it and I can kind of see me using it in a sort of, "Welcome to Jackass," sort of way where, based on the tone, the opening is as ridiculous as I can make it. I actually picked 'Behold' for its overblown ridiculous-ness - It came from that moment in Guardians where Drax says it, it's one of my favorite moments in film ever, easily so it's a homage to that. Talking of Guardians...
I tried to do one on Thursday and it just didn't work like I planned, I was really disappointed. I'm trying to come up with something that will work and still be original. The big problem here is that the whole Superhero Dojo thing's central ethic is to be entertaining in informing or discussing how things can be fixed - For stuff like Guardians (and, say, Legion, which I'm doing a special one to discuss), those things are so good that for me, 5 great things about vol. 2, or something along those lines, seems really trite. I feel like I need to do something extra special every time I discuss things I think are more or less perfect, which I think is something to do with -
I'm working on this but it doesn't come easy. You know how our mindset is, it's set on 'pfft, so fuck...' so it's like swimming into the current. I do have some good ideas that will show me alot more excited tho, so hopefully those will help me be more naturally like that on camera.
Oh, also, yes, my white man lip bite is definitely one of my signature moves!! That 50p Breakdance class membership when I was a kid was worth every penny!
Again, I really appreciate discussing this, it helps me clear my thoughts, put aside the insecurities of actually doing the thing and step outside of it to focus on it with other people's views as a stand point.