After having been rather muse-less for the past couple of years, save for a few projects here and there, including trailers for conference talks, I delved back into vidding this year. I am nearing eight years of practice, and after all those fan videos, I find it important to reflect on what it means to me and what draws me to this creative outlet, besides what I explored about it from an academic perspective in a couple of papers.
In my view, narratives should come first, as to put both characters and emotions at the foreground. I value the technical aspect and always seek to improve my skills in that domain, but I strongly believe that anything technical should remain a tool not an end in itself. There is of course a great need for blending processes when I work on alternate universe videos, as the sources exterior to the original media universe have to look as adequate as possible. This is where most of my taste for coloring (especially black and white) comes from. It indeed helps giving a better cohesion to the final creation, along with careful choices of clips and precise cropping and overlays/masks.
Another interest I have regarding video creation is the connection between music and movement, as well as the visual experience from it. This is why I enjoy using clips featuring elements such as space fights, lightsaber combat, dance, or even ice skating. Those work well, especially for instrumental tracks or portions of a song.
As mentioned above, viewers also need to connect to the story visually told, be it a large fan base (in the case of a cult TV show or movie fan video) or a much smaller niche (like the SWRPG Star Wars role-playing community). While I appreciate interacting with viewers or creative collaborators (like One Path’s author, Lionchilde) my creative way also remains personal, which is also why I end vidding obscure fandom or sort of unpopular subjects, including French ones. The one occurrence in video creation when I really work for the audience as main goal is for conference trailers. I have gone that road for the past two years, as visual based materials can be a great aide to tackle academic presentations. This is especially the case when it is media related, and a subject students and fellow academics are not familiar with.