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festivids - Default (Drunk History) - I got drunk a bunch of times and made this vid in the spirit of Drunk History.
festivids - a song for diana (Lights Out) - Sophie's song for Diana
wiscon_vidparty - Bette Davis Eyes (The Final Girls) - Max & her mom, Amanda
vividcon premiere - She Keeps Me Warm (Inside Out) - TripleDent gum will make you smile.
vividcon auction - Marche Funebre Yrasor (Alucarda) - grow tall
vividcon club vivid - 7:30am (Hannibal (NBC)) - Reba & Francis
vividcon themed - So Close (Crimson Peak) - Black moths feed on butterflies.
vividcon challenge - Sunshine Part I (Westworld) - when skies are grey
and I did a section of Telephone, a multifandom vid that I don't think every was posted online.

Total of 8 vids, plus a section in a collaboration.


My favorite video this year (of my own)
I had a great time editing and putting together Sunshine Part I. I love Maeve and I really enjoyed how it turned out. I want to do a follow up vid at some point too.

Least favorite
I like all the vids I made this year, so by process of elimanation I could have to say a song for diana. I like it, just not as much as all the other vids. Funny story, I sent what I thought was my final draft, but was actually the messed up previous version with technical glitches and weird shakes. She thought the technical mess ups were me being me and editing weird. OMG, I am so extra that she thought the glitches were on purpose. I might post that version for the lolz if I still have it.

Most successful
She Keeps Me Warm was the one that most people had said they liked when I was at Vividcon. It was cute and fun and lovely and people seemed to pick up on that. I consider it the most successful because someone said they were going to send it to their friends who cosplay as Joy and Sadness, so boom, right there, most successful.

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion
7:30am because it's very fucking weird and kinda gross, but I really like it because of those things and I love Reba, but she gets no love from fandom.

Video with single sexiest moment
Oh wow, Jessica Chastain's shoulder in So Close. Specifically 2:40-2:50 while giving a handjob and 3:23-3:29 while looking deliciously evil.

Biggest vid fail
I ended up with weird green bars at the bottom of So Close and Sunshine Part I. I have no idea where they came from.

Hardest video to make
For sure, Default because I had to get drunk to vid. There's such a fine line between drunk but able to vid and drunk texting about cats or something. I made notes while drunk too and it took me ages to realize what they said. When it was done I realized I messed the credits up and couldn't bring myself to get drunk again to fix them, so I left them because that's legit.

Most unintentionally *telling* video
I didn't realize how much of my weirdness about religion was coming through in Marche Funebre Yrasor, but that's also in the source too, so I don't think it's unintentional, but I didn't realize it until halfway through the editing.

Things I've learned
I did a lot of research and tried out a lot of productivity and creativity ideas. I learned that I need a concrete way of tracking what I do in order to do more. I use a bullet journal for work and home to keep myself organized and functional, so it makes sense that using the same concepts would help me in my hobbies as well. A super smart person said, at some point, probably, that finding a place in your life to be creative can make the world a better place at least for you and a community of people.

In 2017 I started keeping track of my vidding activity in a bullet journal spread where I tracked my activity, time, and progress on vids. Over time I realized some of the tracking wasn't working and I've adjusted what I'm tracking for 2018. I wanted to vid everyday. Not editing everyday, but keeping myself active. I wanted to vid everyday because it's easy to say no and hard to say yes to vidding when I have to make time for it. If I don't go to work then I'll get fired, but there's no instant consequences for not vidding. It's not like I have to put a quarter in a jar for every day I don't vid. I <href=https://kiki-miserychic.dreamwidth.org/227662.html>crowdsourced and complied a list of all the parts of vidding, then color coded them so I could fill in time tracking.



I thought 20 minutes a day of doing something vid related was an achievable goal, so I started logging what process of vidding I worked on everyday. I don't like the idea of having constant hustle. It's not just about getting things done. It's about getting the right things done. A lot of days all I did vidding-wise was listen to my vid song playlist in the shower. And that it all I needed to do to keep myself active. It's ok to not be productive every single day. I can curl up with hot chocolate and do fuck all because I'm not basing my self worth on what my labor produces. There's highs and lows and turning points. Vidding has cycles. There's times when I have loads of energy and inspiration like the days between Christmas and New Years and there's days of quieter relaxation that I need to recharge like when I come home from Chicago. I balance myself out with research and learning when I'm not producing things in a creative cycle. Sometimes I have comfort and ease, then a breakdown and restructuring of my methods so that I can continue. I create, analyze, and improve. That doesn't always mean I learn a new editing technique. Sometimes that means I change the way I decide what project to vid next.



20 minutes a day is what worked out for me, but the point is to be consistent, so if 20 minutes wasn't doable, I would have taken it down to 10 minutes or even 5 minutes in order to make it a consistent habit. In 2018 I'm taking it down to 15 minutes simply because my brain likes to think in quarters of an hour instead of thirds. It's like a video game where you build up the yes combo. I don't have to work on some big important vid. I don't really think like that, but I have faith in keeping the energy flowing. I create by making it a habit. The key to improving and evolving is to create a such as possible and not rely on being inspired to be able to create. Instead try to let the constant flow of productivity and creativity be what fuels the inspiration. I can't be passionate about vidding everyday because I would be so drained after a while. I don't want to be constantly actively inspired. If I keep working, then the creativity and inspiration can find me. It doesn't have to be good everyday and I fail at things regularly, but the first step at being good at something is sucking at it.




If you're reading this and thinking you want to try it, but don't think you have the time to vid everyday, then swap something else out of your schedule. Personally, I looked at what I did already and found ways to add in vidding. I already listened to music in the shower, so I started to listen to my vid songs playlist. Maybe instead of playing on my phone for 20 minutes, I rewatch an episode of my source and take notes. Take advantage of little pockets of time like traffic, shower, commute, whatever. The routine of doing it is more important than the results. Now that I've been vidding a little bit everyday, I don't think about it. It's a habit like brushing my teeth and I don't even have to make a choice of if I'm vidding today or not. I am, at least a little, automatically and it doesn't take willpower. I enjoy vidding more too because there's no guilt about how I haven't started a project for an upcoming deadline or how I haven't dont it. There's no tormented artist junk because I reject that whole artistic martyrdom business. I love vidding and vidding loves me. During September, October, and November I had a lot of work things that took up my time, so I only was able to listen to my vid songs in the shower and make plans. I could feel bad about how I didn't have time to edit, but what's the point of that? I still able to do some vidding, even it if wasn't editing.



Things to work on
I made a cute ass goals spread in my bullet journal, lol. I want to continue tracking and vidding everyday. I know I'm able to vid everyday for a year (minus when I had the stomache flu and slept in my bathtub and lost 16 pounds in two weeks), so I don't need to track just doing it like I did on the calendar log. This year I'm only going to track it on the monthly view. In hindsight, doing both was redundant, but now I know what works best.

I want to edit more consistently, at least 15 minutes a month. There will obviously be months when I do more than that, but this year I had a huge gap where I didn't edit for months.

I'm going to make a vid masterlist with updated links. I think every other vidder has one. I should make one too.

I'm limiting myself to only 3 works in progress. Sisabet mentioned that she does it and it struck me as a really good idea. I have a terrible habit of losing interest in a vid after I put down a couple important clips. I get excited about something else shiny and abandon it. I think limiting myself to only 3 WIPs will help with that.

More collaborations. It's fun and I'm enjoying socializing.

Vid projects I definitely want to get finished this upcoming year
I want to do vids for Vividcon and festivids again for sure. I already have some in mind.

Resolutions for 2017
Looking back at last year's resolutions, I did not power through vidding something that I don't enjoy. I failed at that because everything I vidded this year was something I was fully into and loving. I wanted to challenge myself to make a vid that would take a lot of time and effort and not be as fun as I usually have when vidding. I didn't do that this year, so I am going to continue having it as a resolution and make myself periodically check back on my resolutions throughout the year instead of making them and never thinking about them again until the next time I do the vidding meme. I think I'm going to power through making a Supernatural vid. The series is on the 13th season and it will not be fun to trudge through all of it to get the clips I need. I'm not going to make it a goal of finishing; I just want to start on it. 13 seasons is so daunting.

I want to attend Vividcon again and hopefully my school doesn't start insanely early like they are trying to do. I purposely volunteered for the calendar committee so I could selfishly steer the start date to after VVC dates. In the end we have zero authority, but I tried. I've already volunteered to VJ a show and co-mod a panel. I want to curate a playlist for wiscon_vidparty too. I'm already thinking about vids of Tori Amos music.


If there is any question you would like to ask me about any one of my vids, then go ahead! What I meant by a particular clip or sequence, why I chose to highlight that characterization, why I chose that song, what crack I was taking and where you can get some...anything. Anything you might like to know about how I made a vid, I shall do my best to answer.
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