I'm doing Vlogs now. I've done them in the past but I've decided to put a bit more planning into these ones by giving them some structure. I have a setup in my apartment that I can shoot them in, and I've designed some elements that I've saved to my archives that I will be using to package each one up with. It took me a while to make my first one since I had to design and animate everything, but now that I have my intro, outro and graphics all backed up, I hoping I can churn one of these out every time an idea strikes me to do so without having to spend days working on it.
Now comes the challenging part: coming up with something worth vlogging about each time!
Started a new Playtime series. I'll be playing through an old adventure game called "The Neverhood Chronicles"
I remember having such a hard time with this game when I was younger. The puzzles in it have the usual adventure game problem of having solutions that only follow the train of logic of the person DESIGNING them, but when you add on top of that the fact that the game takes place in a surreal dreamland type setting, you have to think SO outside the box to figure things out that nothing matches the rewarding sense of accomplishment you feel when you solve it except the stroke causing FRUSTRATION you had to go through!
With that in mind, I've introduced a new video element that I've only used incidentally in previous Playtime series called Skip Bot. Skip Bot basically highlights all the times when I skip over boring parts of a Let's Play game in the interest of not boring the viewer. In the past I used to do this all sneaky like with subtle little cross dissolves, but in a game like "Neverhood", there's A LOT of boring parts (whether by design or just the result of my trying to figure something out.) So I made a gimmick out of it. I like it.
Also added the newest L4D2 Shananigans. This one includes us killing all the Drews. Great times. We even had guest artwork from a friend Doctor Holocaust help us out with some cool drawings. Check them out!
Whitless and I finished another video. We've managed to bring Featherweight on board as well as an illustration contributor. Isn't that swell? As for the video proper, these Whitless videos are getting easier and easier for us both to make. Manda is coming into her own in front of the camera more and more with each one we make, and that increased comfort and confidence makes her performance pour out of her more naturally. That makes for some very easy editing.
Another small project was done with Mai Sheri a couple of weeks ago. We sat down in front of my camera to make fools of ourselves in a video response to a couple of videos posted by a pair of local Toronto YouTube quasi-celebrities. It was a barrel of laughs both to shoot and to edit.