So, I decided to make my newest video about one of my favorite fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles, and its author, Patrick Rothfuss. This was a lot more challenging than any of my previous videos because it was the first time I didn’t start with any visual materials. It’s easy to find footage from the original subject matter to use and talk over when you’re making a video about a movie or a game, but that’s also what made splicing this one together so much fun. I got to draw on my (considerable) backlog of pop-culture in order to pair visuals with text and some of the results turned out equal parts hilarious and appropriate.
In terms of editing, I definitely feel like I’m getting stronger on the visual end of things. Audio is proving to be more of a struggle. I don’t know if it has more to do with my microphone, the software I’m using, or me just being a cruddy narrator, but keeping volume and tone balanced is a lot more difficult than I would have thought. Also, I never realized how much white noise there is in my office. I thought about coating the walls in egg cartons, but then I remembered that my landlady has three large dogs and probably wouldn’t have much trouble getting rid of a body.
But back to the video… I love these books. I’ve read each of them twice and sometimes listen to the audiobooks while exercising or when I get an opening shift at work. I know that they’re popular for their characters, world building and Rothfuss’ beautiful use of language, but I wanted to focus on some of the more experimental aspects of his writing for the sake of my video. Rothfuss’ version of the hero’s tale is a deconstruction, but it isn’t cynical. He loves stories, just like the character’s he writes, so I wanted to dig into that a little more. I hope all of you like it!
In terms of a general update, September was an intense month this year. My brother in-law Sawyer came to visit, followed by my brother Branden. We celebrated three different birthdays (including mine) and took my wife to our first renaissance fair.
Also, as a gift to myself I bought a 3D printer. I’m not going to lie, it’s been getting some use. Turns out that (much like video editing) 3D printing is a lot more complicated than I originally thought. You don’t just pull up a file on your computer and hit print like you would with an ink-jet. You actually have to calibrate the machine, set the heat of the plate-bed and extruder, decide on layer height, infill and whether to use supports and plate adhesion. You have to Google a lot of stuff to find out what all those words I just said mean. Frankly, it’s exhausting, but I’ve made some pretty cool stuff so far. Right now I’m in the middle of printing a drawer set to house all the other little nick-nacks I’ve been making.
Still trying to find a literary agent for Sanctuary. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I entered a couple more writing competitions this month too. You never know, right?
So much talent. Where did it all come from? LOL. Keep plugging away and expect it when you least expect it. It will all come to light beyond your wildest dreams son. I love you and I am so proud of you!