Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (99)

Several weeks months have elapsed since my last post in this series. In this time, both cabinets have been completed, and the client has received his cabinet and is pleased with it. I have been down in the dungeon toiling away at putting a video together.

I started work on a video showing the assembly of the cabinet soon after the second cabinet was done. I knew I was in for a slog, as I am inexperienced with video work in general, and the number of clips I had to string together meant this would be the longest video I have made yet. I also wanted to add in a bit of narration, along with background music, so it was a struggle in certain respects.

I stopped and started the video editing several times, due to discouragement. In fact, a month could pass between sessions of simply sitting down to work on it. In the end, I found renewed energy and got it done, and learned a lot on the process. However I am well aware it is hardly what you might call a slick production. I'm aways off off YouTuber 'Clickspring', put it that way. There are inconsistencies to the sound levels here and there, and I'm sure another round of edits and adjustments wouldn't hurt anything. There's a kind of cheesy Sketchup animation that I debated removing but left in at the end. Several portions of the assembly were not even filmed - like the bonnet assembly - because I forgot to film, or forgot to bring the camera, or the camera battery ran low, etc., so there are some gaps. But, people have been wondering and asking if they'd ever see this video, so I really felt it was better to put it out there and chalk it up to a part of the learning curve. In the end, it came out at about 30 minutes in length.

I don't - or haven't so far - 'vlogged' in a purposeful manner, i.e.,  I don't have a film studio, or 'set', or the best lighting and sound equipment, not have I created a back drop scene to present a consistent view, with everything pristinely cleaned, including yours truly. Not that those aren't good ideas. I don't wear a consistent clothing scheme, there's definitely no wardrobe attendant, and thus the video I have made is hardly what one would call an innovative or clever work of branding.

It was informative to watch myself on video though and think about how I might improve for next time, both in terms of what I am actually doing on film, how it is filmed, and how it is described. I aim to improve those things as I can for next time. And there will be a next time for sure.

Anyway, you've been warned. Here's the video showing most of the steps in the final assembly of the cabinet. Hope you enjoy - if you manage to get through, let me know your impressions: