It’s YouTube week!
Do you know that 8 years worth of video is uploaded to YouTube every day? I read it in Ariel Hyatt’s book this week. Well, I confess that hardly a day goes by where I don’t load up a music video, funny-or-die clip, and occasionally a heart-wrenching story about how two unlikely characters like a dog and an elephant turn out to be the best of friends. YouTube is the number 1 video-sharing site in the world, the number 2 search engine on the internet, and the daily cause of that dreaded rainbow spinning ball that precedes my mac shutting itself down.
I’ve polished up my own humble YouTube site this week, after learning the importance of previous unknowns to me such as tagging your videos, having proper titles, etc. Until now I haven’t shared my YouTube channel with most, and I’ve kept it off my other social media sites, as I’ve been waiting to having something there to show off that reflects our new album.
I have had videos in mind before this week — I’ve been mapping out ideas for creating a video trailer for my upcoming album for many months now. Though my ideas were grand, I found the task quite daunting to tackle – I had never done much in the way of videography . Well, this week’s challenge gave me an idea and opportunity to to make a mini-video to post on my site, in the form of a “video response”. We’ve been encouraged to leave video responses to things that caught our eye on the YouTube. It was the perfect opportunity for me to try my videographer’s hand. A crafty video response would let me create my own short video, implement some of the techniques I’ll be using in a longer video for my own song, and tip my hat to a fellow musician at the same time. Well, what caught my eye this week was Karyn Ellis’ homemade video for a super song of hers called Little Grey Sparrow. (Watch Karyn’s video here )
I’m pretty darn excited about this, folks. Here I am, joining the indie-hype-ranks of those who have delved into the world of Stop Motion Video. It was so fun. I’m gonna make so many more chalkboards magically draw all over themselves in the future…can’t wait. I’m so proud of the first 5 seconds of this video! I can do it! Thank you for the motivation, week five!
Isn’t it so great? It may be a tiny step short of that video I made earlier this month of me playing 1000 instruments with my car in the Los Angeles desert, but I’m still mighty proud. I’m expecting “Charlie Bit My Finger” stats by early next week.
If you’d like to subscribe to my youtube channel for future brilliant projects, you’ll find me here.
Video Response me,
Editor’s Update (one month later): 200+ hits on youtube! After a month. That’s practically VIRAL, right???
Next Monday’s Post: Week 6 – Blogging!
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