Thursday, November 10, 2005

Hard Day

Watch the video.
I was having a really hard time today. Little sleep, lots of work, too many question, not enough answers. I thought about not posting anything for a while, just let it settle down, see how it feels... My fear is that I will never get back to do it, so I forced myself to record my internal talk and post it here.

Where am I going with this? How can I find inspiration? What are my rights as a videobloger? Technology is so overwhelming.
These are the questions I have today.

Days like this suck!!!.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, I did have a similar experience while videoblogging. I was stopped by a security guard at Wal-Mart for videotapping outside the store in the parking lot. I explained that I was videoblogging the gas station across the street (which I was doing also). Man, they have cameras EVERYWHERE. I guess that's how they saw me so quickly. I was only out there for one minute.

Anyway, it's Hawaii, so as long as you know someone there, you get away with certain things. For example, the security guard said he was from this certain town (which one of my friends lives in) and I said my friend lived there and we talked for like 10-15 minutes about his hometown and then he let me go. We're very laid back here for the most part.

As for your right as a videoblogger, I found this site that might help. It mainly covers videotapping, but I believe it can cover vlogging as well.

Hope it helps!

11:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Well, I too have felt self-conscious about whipping out the camera and videotaping anywhere. I felt this way even before this "everyone is a potential terrorist" paranoia began. But now it's definitely more difficult, especially for people of color.

I've had relative success by communicating more with people I want to shoot. It's like taking on the persona of a "tourist," you ask to shoot the "locals," they generally will agree to it, and will pose for you. The pose is not what you really want, but you do it to get to the next step which is when they revert to their normal selves. Hopefully by that time they happily want to be taped even more, because they've overcome their initial shyness.

By the way you cracked me up with your remote control ending. It's good to have a sense of humor, when your having a bad day.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Kent Bye said...

Thanks for being so honest and authentic. Jen and I have been struggling with isolation and the lack of a local community as well -- since we moved out here to a small rural town.

You have a great eye and your content has a lot of depth that we certainly appreciate. Through the nature of videoblogging, there is that delay for getting confirmation that people are watching. We are listening... Great post.

6:34 PM  

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