We Have a Deadline (The Film Log #3)
The Film Log is a weekly video I record to share my journey making my first feature film, In Five Years. In these videos, I share what I learn and discover as I go about all aspects of being a first time indie filmmaker in today’s changing landscape. You can find the full Film Log series here, and you can subscribe to the film’s newsletter
We Have a Deadline
When it comes to creating, listen to the voices in your head, but gives yourself the right to say ‘shut up’.
Yesterday was a hard day. Making episode 3 took 12 hours. 12h for a video under 4 minutes. I know it’s not a lot if you think that you can spend weeks or months trying to make a video or a film sequence that long, but this is a vlog. So, yes it was hard.
But it was one of those key moments where you can give up, and nobody will mind, it’s been only 3 weeks afterwards, or push through til the next, and so forth and so on. And I’ve pushed through and I’m glad I did.
Yesterday was hard because I felt I had nothing to say. I hated the framing. I had no ideas to drive me through the video like the week before. And yet, retrospectively, I feel this is the most balanced video yet.
I’ve done a better job at rhythm, narration wise, I cut out a lot of stuff I said (even though I thought I had nothing to say, turns out I speak a lot), and I started developing a “style” (if we can speak of style), it’s very timid, but I can feel it growing.
So why did it take so long?
Shooting took 20 minutes. Then the outside sequence that is roughly 5 seconds on the final video but was supposed to be much longer took about the same.
Editing took 7h, which is still scandalously long to me. For my defense:
- I still edit on FCP legacy and my MacBookPro is a tired beast. Both of them together call for frequent crashes. And of course each time, I was deep into editing and had not saved for long enough to lose time. Minutes add up quickly. It made me lose a good 1h30.
- Finding sound effects. I lose so much time doing that. And I hadn’t in a long time, which made it worse. It took a good 45 minutes.
- Exporting: once again, my buggy FCP kept exporting without images, or without sound, and it took 4 attempts to finally have the video done. That took roughly an hour.
But the good thing is that I can see once again how not practicing something on a regular basis makes you rusty, and how doing this once a week is going to be a painful challenge that will bring so much to the table.
The very positive point is that HandBrake, the program to compress videos works wonder. I went from a 350 Mo file to 36 Mo (what?!) without obvious loss in quality. Which means that it took about 15 minutes for the video to upload on YouTube. Compared to the 6 hours in the previous session, it was life changing.
Last but not least, I lost quite a lot of time inserting the notes within the YouTube Video Manager for the subscribe buttons and the previous episodes. So I need to get better at that too.
This is the end of the meta-journey for episode 3! I hope you watched the video, and enjoyed it.
If you did, let me know in the comment section, or under the video on YouTube. Share, spread the love, and do whatever you feel it is worth doing! (which might be nothing, and that’s totally fine!)
To be continued…