I'm interested to know who'd be down for the ARC making youtube videos. I got a little excited about the idea a few days ago and
jizzed my pants
started looking around for camera equipment I can borrow. First off I'd like to make it clear that I don't have, nor do I have access to, any working video cameras. The equipment I wanted to borrow has been liquidated so I can't borrow it anymore. Although I'm friends with megasteakman:http://www.youtube.com/user/Megasteakman?blend=1&ob=5
...he's super busy and he can't produce your ideas. All he can do is offer advice and tutorials (which is still pretty good.)
So if the ARC's going to make videos they'll have to take lloyd kaufman's advice from the title of his how-to movie book:http://www.lloydkaufman.com/books/myodm/
...Make your own damn movie!
That being said when I started off in the SFU film club in 2004 the best camera we had was a 2 megapixel mini DV handheld. Today in 2011, 2 megapixel cameras come standard on cell phones. The principals of making a fun video are the same whether you got a good camera or a shitty one. Since we're all beginners here a shitty camera suits our needs for the time being.
So lets do it in the butt, okay.
To make things easier to understand I'm going to summarize workflow in terms of DnD party structure.
Base Classes:Camera Guy:
This is whoever has the best camera or is most familiar with the best camera available. This remains true in professional video productions where cinematographers and DPs often rent themselves out with their expensive cameras.
Useful skills and feats: Photography, Lighting, Knowledge (camera technology)Editor:
This is whoever has the best computer with the best editing software. I'm not a mac guy but I have to admit that editing on a mac is often easier than using a PC. There's good editing software for linux based systems, and you can get by if you pirate the right stuff with a PC, but macs have the best free and pirated software.
Useful skills and feats: Computers, Online Piracy, Knowledge (codecs)Idea Guy:
Writers are the bards on a microscale video team - they're kind of useless. Usually the dialog is improvised and everyone pitches in ideas on shooting day. But sometimes there's a single creative force that pushes an idea forward or creates a fun idea that others build on - this is the Idea Guy.
Useful skills and feats: Improv Comedy, Writing, StorytellingTalent:
This can be anyone who can speak sentences or do anything interesting in front of a camera.
Useful skills and feats: Improv Comedy, Attention Whore, Dancing, Martial Arts, Acting
Normally the party roles blend into each other as some people can cover multiple tasks (multiclass). Eventually you can prestige class into things like Special Effects Guy or Sound Guy (requires levels as editor), Director (requires levels in Talent and Idea Guy), Videographer (levels in Camera Guy and Editor), Writer (levels as Idea Guy) ect.
Paul has a great idea for a webseries. A webseries sounds ambitious since it's a lot of work on a weekly basis, but if enough people are committed to the idea then it can totally happen.
What sounds like a good starting point would be aim for a 1-5 minute short that'll be shot in the period of one day and edited over one day or night. Setting a five minute limit is a good exercise in discipline and will also fit in well with a youtube world where people aren't going to pay attention to a 10 minute video.
So tell me what you guys think. I'd like to see who's interested and who has what resources available.