Let’s just start off today by saying that I am not that great at making videos. I don’t know why, but I get rather nervous when I try to make one. When I look back on what I did, I can usually pick it apart enough to shoot it over. (And over. and over) But that isn’t always possible when I am showing techniques. Not unless I want to cut the pieces all over again. And sometimes there isn’t time for that.
I had the idea yesterday that I would shoot a video showing both the process of adding the paint to crackle on the skeleton pieces, as well as adding the Metallic Lustre wax paste to make them shimmer. I realize that I already did a video of me applying the crackle to the “America!” pieces (you can watch it here – http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/painting-videos – it is at the top of the page) but applying the same thing to the skeleton pieces was somewhat different. The smaller and more detailed pieces would make it difficult to apply the creme colored paint – especially with a flat brush as I had shown on the other project. I wanted to demonstrate how easy it was to do using a “deerfoot stippler” brush (a WHAT, you ask?) and I thought that the easiest approach was to shoot a short video.
So I saved one set of skeleton pieces so that I could use them in the video. When painting (or even cutting for that matter) you kind of get only one take. If you flub the shoot, then you have to start all over which means cutting the pieces again and prepping them to the point that they were when you need them.
Keith had a couple of short errands that he needed to do, so I had to move quickly. For some reason I feel foolish shooting a video and talking to the camera when he is sitting across the room. It always makes me feel even more awkward then I do already, and it is hard for me to concentrate.
I had everything set up and ready. As soon as he drove away, I dove in and started. Within a few seconds, the phone rang. (Sheesh!) It was my daughter, and she wanted to chat. I love talking to her and try not to put her off because I know she is on a busy schedule with working and school and everything, but this time I did tell her I would call her back in a bit. I had to do something first.
She was agreeable and I sat down for take 2. First I had to wait for Pancakes to finish his snack, as he was loudly crunching at my feet. The other two cats were sleeping though so I thought it was best for me to let him finish and hopefully he would go back to napping, which he did.
I went through the motions of shooting the segment, and I was pretty pleased with it. I had shown how to apply the top coat to three pieces, and didn’t mess up or forget anything. I brought my camera to the computer to look at the footage and I was happy as it was clear and the lighting was good. Then, as I started watching it, I noticed that the camera had slipped down and the field of vision was just BELOW where I was working. Most of the pertinent areas that I was referring to were cut off at the top of the screen.
I was glad I only painted a few pieces, although I really wanted to demonstrate the rib cage because it had a lot of cuts in it. I fought between painting the back of this piece or cutting another piece, or just moving on and showing things on another piece. Since these skeletons need to be sent out to the magazine soon, cutting another piece would just take too much time. Then I would have to do all the prep work too which would bring me to that point again. And besides – I still had a pile of unpainted bones in front of me. I just wanted to move on.
I began another take and started filming again. Just as I picked up the paint to begin demonstrating, I heard the roar of a motor starting up. It seemed that our lawn service had arrived and that they were here to cut the grass! It is not a small property, and they have a large (fast) ride on mower and then another guy comes around with the week whipper to do the trimming. Both are extremely LOUD. There was no way to continue.
I decided to use the next half hour or so to talk to my daughter. There were times when she could barely hear me over the noise, even though I closed most of the windows and was trying to hide in the bathroom when they were near the house. Fortunately, they moved quickly so there was still hope that I would be done before Keith returned.
As soon as they finished, I excused myself from my call. Danielle certainly understood, and we did get a chance for a short visit after all. I was still waiting for the Purolator truck to come to pick up a shipment that had to go out though, and I hoped that it wouldn’t arrive in the middle of filming.
I shot two short segments rather quickly and I thought they went well. I noticed that there were times when I could have held the pieces lower on the screen, but I still think that what I did was acceptable. I got the point across and that is what counts.
I finished just in time before Keith came home. I was actually watching what I shot for the first time as he walked in the door. Talk about under the wire! :) I spent the rest of the day finishing up the pieces and touching up the edges on all eight of them. By the time I finished, it was after 8pm and I was too tired to edit and post the video. I will do that today.
I am not unhappy with the outcome of the video, as it really helps demonstrate how easy the technique that I used is to do. That was my goal in shooting it. I will be able to tie the article to it for the magazine readers and that will help them understand things also. So it was time well-spent.
But it certainly doesn’t come easy for me. It is sometimes so difficult for me to feel natural when I know the camera is rolling and I wish I could feel more at ease. I know that will come in time and I hope that the videos that I post do help people a little bit to better understand the process.
Hollywood has nothing to worry about.
I am going to do the edit and posting of it today, and I will link it here tomorrow. I was so tired last night that I went to bed (and fell asleep immediately) just after it got dark, around 9:30 pm. That is early even for me. But I did sleep through the night until nearly 6am this morning, so I know I needed it.
I am happy that I overcame the little obstacles that were thrown in my path yesterday. Little by little I will hopefully get better at shooting these videos. I just need more practice.
I’ll have the video up for you by tomorrow. I wish you all a wonderful day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"