Day 10

My city Jelgava

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.

Day 9

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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.

Day 8

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.

Husko family the Great Grandparents

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.

Day 2

Sunrise in Jelgava

Would you look at that beautiful and sunny morning. I promised myself that Today I was going to make something better than yesterdays last video at last minute. So I started to think what can I show that might be informational and interesting to watch but at the same time is very common and mundane.

Mom called and said it would be nice if you could come over and mow the lawn. That’s it I’ll do a video of how to properly check your lawnmower and do mowing and clean up. Nice and short video should have plenty of things to show with two camera angles. Two things became apparent, tripod or a stand of any sort is a necessary thing! And when acting stuff out a monitor is necessary or you become slow with recording your errors and adjusting framing in post. Everything I’ve done has been run and gun style. Making something look good as we are used to see on tv is where the magic happens.  

P.S. Great big thank you to my friend Dimars for gifting me his camera to help me out in this early stage.  

Day 1

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The day when I said my “fuck it”.  You can dream all you want regarding your big life dream but unless you get over yourself and start actually doing what you want you will never get to know your true self.  That was the case for me. I spent the whole day thinking how or what to film and only in the evening when the sun was setting I took my phone in my hand and went out on a balcony and tried to shoot my first video. And right away I had to do several takes because I didn’t like how I looked or how I stuttered. Or the lighting was off and wind blew in to the phones mic. Of corse I didn’t even think about the story side what I’m going to say or why. I was so focused on making my first video for a challenge day one That no matter what my stubborn self always makes everything work out in the end.

 I wanted to make my first video showing off the graffiti left by kids who come and use stairways in my building as a place to hang out and smoke and drink. Just as they leave graffiti in my apartment building. Same way I wanted to leave a mark on my social wall. That  was going to cement my fate and prove that I am sticking to my plan.  

Day one done – I learned only one thing, I don’t like how I worry what I look or sound like.