There’s something great about living in a small town. You can easily walk around the whole town in a day. As you walk the streets, You most likely will meet someone you know. There’s minimal rush hour traffic. You tend to feel like a part of the community instead of being lost in a crowd.
Whenever I’m out on my walks or bike rides I have been collecting various shots of the landmarks around the town. And today I had yet another idea of trying something out I haven’t done before. I’ve done a few time-lapses but by adding movement to the camera they become even more interesting to watch and then they are called motion lapse. Keep in mind this video was done with my very basic camera setup. A cheap wide angle lens attachment that I picked up on my business trip to Sweden. My iPhone 7 and a Manfrotto mini tripod that I was holding in my hand while riding a bicycle.
After editing and uploading my video. I was surprised at how well it was received. people were sharing it and liking it non stop for a few days, I would say that at least half of the Jelgava population has seen it by looking at numbers.
My take away from this day is, people, like to feel a part of a group, a community and they share interests. My videos, in general, are like a surprise you never know what’s going to be in the next video or what it’s going to be about. I understand that if I want to be successful I should pick a theme and stick with it. That day is coming, for now, I’m practicing trying to learn all I can. I thank you for being a patient follower and supporting me in my journey with your likes and shares.
I’m starting to feel more exhausted every day. The late night video editing is cutting into my beauty sleep and I’m only 9 days into my challenge. This is no cakewalk that’s for sure. So today I wanted to learn some useful trick in editing. I’ve seen this video transition where you zoom in or zoom out to outer space. I wanted to learn how to make it by replicating this transition. First of all, I needed some footage that could work for this project. So I jumped on my bike and rode over to my mom’s house where they were picking white currants. Of course, I joined them to help out. As I was filling a bucket with berries an idea struck me. This bucket with currants reminded me of the outer space with planets and all the galaxies. So I grabbed my phone and filmed the necessary video clip for the montage. Of course, you could go and buy this type of transition from anyone who has made it. But since I’m trying to learn something new here. I saved my money and built this transition myself.
Today’s valuable lesson for me was the need for scheduling not just my working hours but also my downtime. Either because I’m getting older or because I’m not getting enough sleep. My body starts feeling drowsy even mid-summer when there’s plenty of sunlight. Health before anything else I say! I bet there’s nobody who can be on the top of their game while feeling tired and sick. So my advice is to plan your schedules but please make your health a priority for your self as no one else will.
I feel an unmeasurable amount of gratitude for my parents. They are no doubt the greatest support in my life. I want to say thank you for being there for me every single time I’ve been down.
Today I made a plan! I even wrote it down in a notebook. I was determined not to mess up again in spite of yesterdays disappointing video. I convinced my dad to give me a short interview and we wound up talking for 20 minutes about life and shoes since hi is a cobbler. Even mom wanted to join in on the fun towards the end. You see when you realize that today you look better than you will in the future, then please don’t hesitate to create a memory for your great-grandchildren and next generation to come. So often we take older and wiser people for granted. But we should learn to listen to what they have to say. They are twice as experienced as you and me at this time. ( I hope my average reader is 30-45). Here is the deal. Creating even one minute video with multiple shots on different locations takes time. I chose my family for this shoot because I have years and years of family events in pictures and video. I’m like the Memory Keeper for our family. Just so happens that any time I’m out doing stuff, I try to make a few shots and videos of it. Why you ask? Stock Footage. Most likely you will make a better video if you are able to make it visually appealing to the viewer by using lots of B-roll.
And just so happens the other day Family went out on a boat ride for a picnic. Dad tried to catch some fish and I was filming everything that moves and even if it doesn’t. Also Latvian song and dance festival just concluded a few days ago. I had some footage that I filmed of people walking by from a low angle. That came up useful in this production.
So my take away from this day. It’s a great idea to document everything as much as you can. There’s never too much B-roll if you keep it organized and sorted. And Someday your hard work will be appreciated mainly by yourself and next in kin.
The seventh day throws a curve ball. I did not expect to struggle with this day. My friend Valdis asked if I could go with him to Liepāja city. Of course I agreed as I hoped it would give me something new to film for today’s video. And I enjoy spending time behind the wheel. Plus being in a car with someone for good chunk of time gives excellent opportunity to talk and get to know each other. But since I had not prepared for filming anything. My run and gun through Liepāja was something of a rush. Once I got home I looked at the footage and realized that there’s nothing worth making in to a video. It sucks when something goes wrong. I didn’t want to give up. And I wanted to try something that reminds stop motion video. I rushed to get the video done before the midnight. And the most ridiculous video got uploaded.
This day taught me that you have to plan your time with camera no matter what. And making a script is not a luxury but necessary for video to come out the best it can.
Challenges are never easy. Only when you challenge yourself, you learn new things. Today is no different, I noticed that I’m struggling with video editing. It takes more time to edit than actually filming stuff. Especially when you have not planned ahead of time and you are stuck with footage you got. I understood that I’m going to be exhausted very soon if I don’t change something. Besides my filming wish list, I also have a to-do list. Like pruning cherry trees, chauffeur a friend for a day and so on. So these long days are revealing my soft spots just nicely.
One thing everyone should try at least once, in their life, is to film yourself doing something. You quickly realize how hard it is to make it look interesting or entertaining when you are playing it back. I consider my self lucky, more often than not, I’m in the right spot at the right time. I get lucky catching a good shot. But you can’t build a business on luck alone. That’s why I’m relentless in my pursuit to become considerably better at this video game.