New Technique for Shooting the Videos

So after yesterdays debacle with post-production on THE WRITING CRAFT: How To Motivate Yourself, I had two choices. I could either go back in and do exactly the same work I did yesterday today. Or I could figure out a different way of producing the work in the first place that wouldn’t require three hours of post-production for twenty minutes of video.

I applied some sideways thinking, and reshot the video from scratch this morning. Shooting took around 23 minutes. (I talked a bit more this time). Post production took…about 30 minutes.

And I am uploading Section I right now, so that it will be available TODAY to all Think Sideways grads, and to all current Think Sideways students who are on Lesson 5 or higher. (If you’re just starting, you’ll get “How To Motivate Yourself” when you reach Lesson 5, and will receive each of the four segments weekly that month, because they do require work on your part, and Month 2 of Think Sideways is not exactly a cakewalk.

The section of the course available today will have the handouts, and a watchable version of the course (the student theater version). It won’t include the transcript (I hire someone else to do that, and still have to get the mp3 to her), and it won’t include the downloadable video (I still have to do a reformat of that smaller than 85 MB that will still be readable at full screen on your computer. Breaking the section up into multiple downloads is first on my list.)

But my new process should VASTLY increase the speed with which I can put the rest of the thing together without decreasing the quality.

And the whole thing will still be available in the shop either the end of this month or the beginning of next, once I get it all packaged nicely.

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7 comments… add one
  • Ieva Aug 11, 2009 @ 8:51

    Great job, Holly!
    Btw, I could have used a bit clearer definition of “statement” because it wasn’t what I intuitively thought it was. I imagined I should write down stuff that constitutes my life (now *that* would be a messy list) and it turned out that it’s more about why I think I’m valuable being and where do I draw the line if others seem to forget that. (Ahhh, this is *very* inexact definition, which is why I started complaining in the first place.)
    That said, great stuff. And I liked the mindmap-style presentation. I think it would be cool if the module included the mindmap file too, to doodle on and fill the blanks.

  • Emily Aug 8, 2009 @ 9:56

    I loved it! I got my statement done and though it’s very different from yours, it resonates with me. Thanks! I can’t wait for the next segment.

  • djmills Aug 8, 2009 @ 0:07

    As per usual, Holly, you have put into words what I know is correct, but never thought of it that way. 🙂

  • PolarBear Aug 7, 2009 @ 14:16

    Processing that Process explanation…

  • Holly Lisle Aug 7, 2009 @ 11:22

    The process of looking at Process, defining necessary actions, and then defining actions made necessary only by the failure of Process in the first place, which can be eliminated entirely by a smarter process.

    M.Y.J.O.B.S. all over the place.

  • Lucca Aug 7, 2009 @ 11:11

    Great news! 😀

  • PolarBear Aug 7, 2009 @ 11:06

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL refinement.

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