Posts Tagged ‘ misc ’

No Shit, New York Times

The New York Times has apparently discovered the amazing and little-anticipated truth: people will watch web videos that are more than 2-minutes long!  Apparently this fact was also the subject of some deep discussion at the LATV Festival, according to those in attendance.

Forgive my sarcasm, but I just find this story to be so ridiculous.  It’s a discussion that we had on the forums of Broadcast Assassin months ago: how long can a web-show go?  The conclusion we reached: as long as it wants to as long as it’s engaging and entertaining.

I have little doubt that the Times analysis of why web videos remained short for so long (technology that made watching video on the web unpleasant until relatively recently) is accurate.  However, anyone who has poked around a few web series is able to see that times of episodes are getting longer.  The internet is allowing for larger files to be uploaded and streamed at increasing speeds.  Watching video on the computer has become par for the course for us – to the point that we feel too constricted to be tied to the computer, and would rather upload our videos to our smart phones, mp3 players, and other portable devices.

So I’m not surprised that people are watching longer videos.  I’ve at the privilege to start talking to the creators of several series, and I find all of them to be emotionally engaging, and entertaining.  So I’m not put off by the length of an episode of Gold, or Captain Blasto.  In fact, I was surprise to realize how much time had passed after I watched the first episode of Captain Blasto.  I was honestly too engaged in the story to notice the passage o time.  And I have little doubt that their new series, Mercury Men, will be just as good.

So wake up, guys.  Web video is going to keep pushing the envelope, we’re going to keep stepping up production values, and pushing our run-times out.  Network television shows streamed online (hello, Hulu!) have proven that you can sustain audiences at traditional episode lengths online.  Why would anyone suppose that this wouldn’t also be true for original, made-for-the-web content?

Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now.  Off to the New York Web TV Meet-up tomorrow night.  Probably no post tomorrow as a result, as I’ll save my talking points for a summary of the experience – it will be my first time attending.

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Work/Life Balance for a Video Editor

I’m making an attempt to better balance my work and the rest of my life.  My reasons for this are to get into shape, be healthier, have a more positive mood, and put a little distance between myself and my computer.  Why?

Because I work a day job that involves selling and teaching people how to use computers.  Then I come home and sit down at my computer, where I spend the rest of my day reading, researching, blogging, chatting, networking, editing, writing, and such.  On a day off, it’s not uncommon for me to only leave my desk to eat, use the bathroom, and occasionally pick up a book and just enjoy sitting next to my boyfriend on the couch.

My computer is my livelihood.  I need to make sure I’m not spending so much time at it that I begin to not like using it.  I think that’s a risk that lot of people who work on computers often face.  So what am I doing about it?

I’m joining a gym to actually get some physical activity into my daily life.  Being in the North Jersey/New York region has it’s benefits, and I’ve chosen to join the New York Sports Club, which has branches easily accessible from home, work, and school.  My goal is to go from just thin to thin and in shape.  (Don’t ever assume thin people are in shape.  I can only run in 2 minute stretches and can’t do a push-up to save my life.)

I’m also making sure I’m getting out and networking in person, rather than doing all of my networking at the computer.  On Thursday night I’ll be up in New York for the BigScreen LittleScreen monthly Web TV meeting.  There is another branch that hold these meetings monthly in Los Angeles.  It’s a chance for me to talk to other people who are doing what I’m doing and what their ideas are.  It’s also a chance to find another show that’s looking for an editor.  With Issues still firmly in pre-production, I’m rather antsy for a project to work on.

Other than that, I’m trying to take a daily walk when weather permits, to get out of the house.  I’m trying to plan small events with a few of my friends rather than the epic events we normally try to plan with everyone involved.  I’m keeping an eye out for local events that may just be fun to go to.  (I’ll be cheering my boyfriend on if he decides to enter a wing eating competition next weekend.)  And let’s not forget that I’m joining Toastmasters so I meet people that are out of my industry as well as developing my public speaking and leadership skills.

I’m by no means abandoning any of my computer related activities.  I’m just making sure that my endless wasted hours of not really getting much of anything done are at least spent helping me in some fashion, whether it’s to improve my health, decrease my stress, or meeting some awesome new people.  Just because we editors very much need our computers to get through the day doesn’t mean our whole day should be devoted to them.  My goal is to be that person everyone else is a bit jealous of because they  have everything sorted out into its place and their happy as a result.

One of my professors at TCNJ warned me that you never what to spend so much time on your passion that you risk turning it into just a job.  That’s my goal.  To make sure that my life is varied enough that my passion for editing and good storytelling doesn’t ever become just a job.

Zadi Diaz on Advertisers and New Media

Just a quick one today guys.  I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had the time to really sit and think out a good post today.  Didn’t want to leave you with nothing to read though, so I suggest heading over to Zadi Diaz’s blog to see her take on Advertisers and New Media.  She made this post while in Cannes for the Cannes Lions Festival, and I think she hits each point dead on.

As someone who has spent a good deal of time in new media, I can say that advertisers are still trying to figure out what to do with the medium.  Zadi offers up some excellent advice.

I also recommend you check out Zadi’s show, Epic Fu.  It’s a wonderful look at the web and new media, and how many fantastic things you can find there.

Well, that’s it for me right now.  Off to a late-night training session for the day job.  I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with more editing news!

Welcome!

Well, I never know what to write in the first post of a blog.  I’ve been feeling rather productive today.  Aside from cleaning part of the living room – I’m constantly at war with the clutter that accumulates in my small apartment –  I spent some time updating my LinkedIn profile today, and have been asking experienced editors, producers, and other professionals what a good editor needs.  I think I know some of what they’ll say, should they be kind enough to reply, but I also know I can’t anticipate all of what they’ll say.

My goal is to have full-time work as an editor, with a real career path, in the next 8 to 12 months.  Statistics show that the typical job search takes 5 to 8 months, but since I no doubt will have to develop a few more of my skills before being fully employable, I’ll aim for a bit farther than that.  The whole time I’ll keep up what I’m doing now:  earning my MA in Media Studies at The New School, and working with Scott Napolitano on several web video projects, including Issues.

Just for reference, to find out a bit more about me and the purpose of this blog, visit the About page.  That’s where all that good stuff is.  Well, for now I think I should consider dinner.  I’ll try to write short updates on a daily basis and longer posts weekly.  Welcome, everyone!

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