Posted on January 12th 2009, 6:37 am
The real title of this post should be "Frustrations - a tale of a video podcaster", because that's how I feel. I spent all day on the damn thing. Took me a while to get the idea for the intro. Then I had to dig up the footage. Then I had to cut together some music for a theme. Then lower thirds, animated background, and credits. It's just after midnight, and I'm waiting for the final render. For some reason, it's taking forever. I'll spare the technical details.
At one point during my search for a theme song, I considered writing one in garage band. I thought it'd be neat to lay down some drum tracks and found info on how to get my rock band drum kit to work with my mac. That's actually pretty neat. Unfortunately I have no brass or strings included with garage band to compose with. So I gave up. Who wants a song made up of laser synths and single note acoustic guitar?
Despite getting this thing done, I feel like I've gotten nothing accomplished this weekend. I wanted to spend some time on my resume, work on the website I have to work on, maybe expand on the database structures, look at my book chapters, watch a couple movies...wait I did that last one.
I saw two films this weekend. I saw Hancock and Tropic Thunder. Both were decent, Hancock was much better in my opinion. I'm afraid that watching Tropic Thunder with my parents here really blew the film for me. I had them over for homemade pizzas and movies. They enjoyed Hancock, but I get my pickiness about comedies from them. Usually I find films funny that they don't, like the Austin Powers movies and Life Aquatic. However, for me, comedy is strongly influenced by who you watch it with. If the group I'm with isn't laughing, I don't either. My parents weren't. In fact, they decided to go home middle of the movie. It was late and they had to be up early. If the movie was good, they'd have stayed and finished. Oh well.
I finished watching it tonight. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't great to me. I thought the acting was great. I just felt the humor was lost on me. I got the satire. Maybe it's just the war movie thing. I dunno. Maybe I should re-watch it with different people.
Hancock was great, but is anyone surprised I liked it? If it has anything to do with a superhero, I'm all over it. It was actually a lot better than I thought it'd be. I very much related to Will Smith's character, and Charlize Theron is always gorgeous. The sadness in Will Smith's eyes is something I've experienced personally recently.
Anyway, the long and the short of the news, the first edition of the podcast will be posted later today. Oh and my friend Jessica deserves credit for giving me the idea for the next one. Hopefully that one will go smoother.