china vlog

May 14, 2019

Uncle Sez: Consider your audience

How we get all this vlogging done

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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 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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Mar 19, 2019

Don’t change your clothes

It’s fine

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Content warning for existential dread and meat. This week’s vlog thoughts consider how often one should change their clothes. In our part of China, it’s actually OK to wear the same outfit for a few days in a row. Not to bed, of course. That’s what pajamas are for.

Mar 18, 2019

Podcast: The best interview is a pre-interview

How we make our China vlog

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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.

Mar 15, 2019

Fish mint in Chinese cuisine ... at your own risk

Beware this stinky herb

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Fish mint is a delicacy … but I don’t want it. Watch what happens when some shows up anyway. Also, I can speak Chinese on the phone!

Mar 13, 2019

Putting work away at the end of the day

How we make our China vlog

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Hello fellow Foreigners, wherever you are. This week on the podcast, we talked about our rituals for wrapping up our work at the end of the day. Closing down a project session is definitely a place where past-you and future-you can set one another up for success or failure, so it’s pretty important.

Mar 8, 2019

A semi-secret park on a blue-sky day

A New Year’s city adventure

There was a park and a nice day. You do the math.

Luzhou has some beautiful parks tucked into some surprising corners. This one, you reach from a busy overpass that’s all malls, restaurants and an amusement park. It’s a really nice green space that takes you down to the Tuo River.

Feb 26, 2019

Podcast: YouTube is not TV

How video structure affects our views

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This week’s podcast addresses the structural differences between a TV show and a YouTube video — the big ones being that theme songs and end credits get the boot. We also talk about how Peter and I try to push our artistic boundaries, and how we celebrate Chinese New Year. Also, watch “Corporate.” That show is funny.