For my premiere effort I chose to base my video on my most recent blog post about art. The video version can do things my text and images alone couldn’t, such as zooming in and animating arrows to show where there are problem areas in the painting, or including a clip of Robert Hughes drooling over the painting. And I used this fledgling attempt to explore learning the software, to try out a bunch of techniques, and to play with various bells and whistles.
I got creative with it, and a little bizarre. It has completely unnecessary but charming sci-fi and psychedelic flourishes to go with the Art vs Machine theme. It was a bit touch and go doing my own narration. I didn’t want to sound ponderous, pompous, or pretentious, and struck out on all three counts. I had to re-record parts, in some instances I’m reading, and sometimes going off the cuff. I haven’t found the right voice yet. That’ll come with time if and when I make more of these.
You see a bit too much painterly nudity, but that comes with the territory of the topic. I promise the next video won’t have any in it, or at least it won’t be the focus.
I imagine it’s extremely difficult to come in out of nowhere at this point, and for my first video to not almost instantly vanish into oblivion. I’ll be contented if it gets 100 views, 10 likes, and more likes than dislikes.
Don’t touch that dial!
~ Eric Wayne