Overcooked Vegan e7: Production Notes – 2015’s Aftertaste

2015 was intended to be a 6 week old memory by now but its dirty sock stench is still wafting about. Episode 7 is a symbol of will to power and serendipity AKA “I’ll take it”. 4:00 am, January 1st my production computer decided that it no longer needed its logic board. I had shelfed all other projects to finish chopping a feature that would have been done by end of day.

My Overcooked Vegan footage and assets reside on a 6 TB RAID thunderbolt port only. None of my re-purposed machines have thunderbolt nor can they push the software. My friend David at Sixor12 offered me time on his trashcan Mac and I did a quick tune and render of what was to be “episode 7”.

This segment was also a bit of happenstance. My son had changed his mind (again) about doing his comedic cooking segment. It turned out that his brother had learned to cooked something and he wanted to try it out. Upon arriving to his brother’s father’s pad, I realized I hadn’t charged the camera, didn’t bring any other gear, so by the end of the cooking I had to use my phone to finish – Hence no money shot of final dish. Plus those boys lit into that food milliseconds after the stove top cut off.

I had held out 3 months or so from uploading another episode for reasons that I’ve mentioned before now. Briefly, fatigue, improvement of audio/video, experimentation… Given the necessity of social media and the general use of targeted forms (tutorial, single personality, etc) of Youtube, I’ve had a bias against the medium and wanted to find a broadcast medium to utilize. At worst, it would be a prototype that also pushed some useful options out there for viewers.

So as I crawl towards a new computer rig I have to stay creative. Pencils and paper have made their presence even greater. My searches have led to some inlets for (American) public broadcasting and I’m in the cursory stages of figuring out commercial broadcasting and streaming mediums. I’m looking to upload 3 to 5 new segments so that I can cut down to 6 24 minute episodes. Next chance I get, I’ll pull from all footage and put together a pilot to show it closer to my vision.

In the interim, those looking to do their own shows might check out jokeandbiago.com. They do podcasts and are a production company that picks up projects they like to see if they can get them on air. Their forté are reality shows but they write that they are open to good ideas. Another thing I’ve learned is to search through people’s crowd funding campaigns. That provides a range of understanding of inducements and expectations.

Tired of typing all this on the phone so I’m pulling the plug on this one. I’ll have to figure out how to get phone WP drafts over to desktop WP but that’s a battle for a different soldier today.

Slow… Production Notes 02

1st. Don’t underestimate how slow your web connection might be. I’m 310 minutes away (according to YouTube) from having this thing fully uploaded. With that I’m minimizing my web use aside from a couple of posts to minimize the upload failing.

2nd. Compressing files into MP4 for upload is #$%$ing slow as slow can be. ProRes took minutes for final plates. The MP4 (h264) took 2 hours or so to spit out the 1080 at a svelte 1.6 GB file size. What a bargain! I considered a 720 upload because that’s what the videos used to be resampled down to by YouTube (if I recall correctly) but I’m not certain if they do that anymore. Hubris, I call thee!!!!!

3rd. Don’t make one little change because it’s early in the morning. At 5:30 am I got the brilliant idea to add another section to the show. It was strictly a test. But each test needs an intro and each intro need a build before it is animated. “Bobby Jimmy, you a fool!” (For you old KDAY heads). One test begat another test. A whole lot of begatting got gatted until 11:30. But oh no, you have an appointment at noon. Fool. Anyway, 296 minutes until upload is complete.

Tests can become infinite tests. It can also be a sign of self-sabotage. I wasn’t sabotaging myself but this day’s timeline is blown.

4th. I would read a book but I’m damn near cross-eyed from mad dogging this computer for the bulk of today.

5th. Keep on trucking. The good parts don’t exist without the hard parts.

6th. I established a Youtube channel for Overcooked Vegan instead of lumping it in with Megafunk videos. I don’t know if that’s the best thing for SEO but I can’t know everything. Work in progress, baby bubba. 277 minutes.

Ok, radio silence until this thing is up.

Dig yourself out of the hole - Not deeper

Dig yourself out of the hole – Not deeper