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Re: [videoblogging] in time

By M. Sean Gilligan | "M. Sean Gilligan" <seanlist@...> | M_Sean_Gilligan
November 20, 2004 | Post #1882 | Topic #1861

Hi Andrew, et. al, >There is no >way I could do this myself. Right now there are three of us dedicated >to nurturing this project to grow. When I worked at 3Com in the mid-eighties management had a "motivational slogan" that went, "There are three kinds of work: hard work, smart work, and team work". (to which water cooler grumblers added the fourth kind of work "shit work".) Sounds like you guys are doing all four. The results are impressive. >For five solid months I spent countless hours tweaking the >slightest variables of the wave files and really working and sculpting >everything about the work from the writing, transcribing, directing >the musicians to play the parts, recording everything, stacking all >the tracks on the computer and pretty much, in a vacuum from the rest >of the world, blissfully just going at it with no rhyme or reason. I >didnt have a deadline, time was not of the essence. With RocketBoom, you're definitely not working in a vacuum, you're getting feedback right away. This is, I think, one of the cool things about videoblogging, at least if you look at it with a certain perspective. You could say that an individual post is not "the work", but that the collection of posts is. The feedback and input you get from your audience can help shape the work. In open source software development there is a slogan "release early; release often" which is counter to the more traditional, don't release the SW till it's perfect approach that most SW engineers prefer (http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/ar01s04.html) > >With rocketboom, I'm finding that so far, if we are going to meet that >deadline, and I want it to be good there is no way I can sleep because >there is not enough time. I'll go as far as to say, for me, it would >be impossible. I cant tell you how completely awful and miserable I >have been feeling this week having to upload these videos looking like >they do, when, if there was time, I would probably still be working on >the first one. This is another element of videoblogging that people have been discovering, is that if you say you are going to post with a certain frequency, you're forced to get something out even if you're not happy with the quality. Whether you're a professional or a beginner, this is mostly a good thing, because it forces you to get content out there and you can always try to do a better job next time. >In otherwords, when Bluetooth >sent a cease and disist letter to Josh telling him they owned the word >"bluetooth" and he could not use it in the way that they controlled, Josh just can't stay out of trouble, can he? It would be interesting to hear more about this sometime... > he said, about his experience as an >innovator, - 1. be the first Smart work. >2. be a team Team work. >3. be the best. Hard work. >Did Amanda know what PHP was before the >story? Of course not. So that story would be a perfect one to be covered by one of the geekier members of your team. Amanda could still be the anchor and introduce "Andrew/Josh, our tech reporter" or some such, so that way the person talking would be doing so "with his/her own voice." >[*note to Amanda who is on the list: word up]. Hi Amanda, I hope you understand my complaint isn't with you or your work; it's with the script and stage direction! > >The last thing that I would like to say though, for this one, is that >I have been shooting and editing everything myself and I have no idea >whats going on here. Hard work. > The fact that this >entire project is being done right now with a consumer camera, a >couple of lights and a mac laptop is impressive to me and part of what >is extremely important too to our causes You bet. > >we could begin to work our way out of the quagmire that we are >currently in because instead of working on the content and the website >I have spent about 97% of my waking hours this week editing tape and >whoo. More hard work. As always, we amateurs always look at things like RocketBoom (or Shannon Noble's work) and attribute the difference between what we do, and what they do as "talent" and forget that hard work was a very important part, too. (99% according to Edison.) Andrew, this is the kind of transparency that I would like to see (edited a little, perhaps) on RocketBoom itself. From time to time, a post about some of this behind the scenes stuff would be a great addition for a variety of reasons: make you guys more human, provide insight and inspiration to other videobloggers, etc. Cheers, Sean -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Sean Gilligan http://msgilligan.blogspot.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------