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May 20, 2019

Taking time to recharge your creative batteries

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In this week’s episode, we talk about the cyclical nature of creativity, and how we manage to take time off without stopping the flow of videos. (Hint: It helps to have a collaborator.)

May 14, 2019

Uncle Sez: Consider your audience

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In this week’s episode of our podcast, we discuss the impact of audience expectation on our creative processes. We don’t never want to pander, but neither do we want to alienate potential watchers. So how do you find that middle ground? Also, what if we’re just weird, and our “normal” never appeals?

May 6, 2019

Doing the best with what you've got

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We make our China vlog, Hello Foreigner, on a fairly low budget, so the equipment we use is a mish-mash of old phones and crappy lights. To be honest, the phones to a great job, but we should have spent more on the lights. And their stands — lessons learned!

Watch the video above for our discussion of equipment and no-budget filmmaking. Or, download our podcast at any of the links in the caption.

Apr 17, 2019

The right lights

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What makes expensive lighting better than cheap lighting? The speed of light is the same no matter what. But we discuss our experience with bad lights, and how this is an equipment area where we could have stood to spend a little more.

Also, we talk about the making of seven different videos. It’s a behind-the-scenes feast!

Apr 9, 2019

Structuring the giraffe episodes

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The giraffe videos started out as kind of a free-form experiment. If there was an idea, I’d put on the giraffe suit and tell the camera. But as we went on, it started to develop a real structure of its own. And we liked it, so we kept it.

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Apr 5, 2019

Disagreeing with your collaborator

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Peter and I are usually on the same page about the work we produce, but occasionally we disagree. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about how we handle that, and discover our unspoken rule that we don’t post anything that we don’t unanimously love.

We also go back to last week’s somewhat confusing discussion of what I now realize was baby Postmodernism, and apply what I was talking about to some concrete examples in our repertoire. Ideas don’t matter as much as the way that you say them!

Also, there are a ton of links and references in this week’s episode:

Apr 2, 2019

Ideas and the clothes they wear

Podcasting while tired

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Fair warning: I was incredibly tired during this discussion, and I had a little trouble expressing a complex concept in an understandable way, during this week’s Homeschool Film School segment. If it helps, what I’m talking about is really, sort of beginner Postmodernism. “The medium is the message,” kind of thing.

Also, we come back to it, to better result, in the following week’s podcast. It will all become clear in the end.

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Mar 27, 2019

How do you know it’s any good?

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This week, we talk about judging the quality of your own work. When it’s abstract, do your criteria change? How do you know to keep working? What if you’re, gasp, mediocre?! It’s hard to make art!

Mar 24, 2019

On location filming

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This week’s podcast topic is on location filming. We talk about our different location strategies, as well as what goes into a location shoot that is different (and often more challenging) than an in-studio shoot.

Mar 18, 2019

Podcast: The best interview is a pre-interview

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Interviewing is all about getting your guest to say interesting things, and there’s definitely an art to it. This week, we discuss why pre-interviewing is necessary for a live shoot and some mistakes to watch out for.