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2012-10-24 12:49:57 AM
Rainbows don't work. They nap a lot and practice flying tricks.
 
2012-10-24 03:04:55 AM
But what do they mean?
 
2012-10-24 03:21:11 AM
Rainbows are cool.

cretinbob: But what do they mean?


God's promise to never flood us again or atmospheric something.
 
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2012-10-24 08:44:03 AM

cretinbob: But what do they mean?


Rainbows are god's frown because of your attempt to decipher his forbidden knowledge. God made rainbows. If he wanted you to know how, it would be in the bible.
 
2012-10-24 08:48:00 AM
blog.urbanbohemian.com
 
2012-10-24 09:27:25 AM
Aren't they just unicorn farts? I mean, Obama campaign promises?
 
2012-10-24 10:13:24 AM
 
2012-10-24 11:48:53 AM

cretinbob: But what do they mean?


They mean it's raining.
 
2012-10-24 12:14:42 PM
Who on earth thinks that rainbows are scary?
 
2012-10-24 12:22:07 PM
Oooh! Can you please explain magnets? :)
 
2012-10-24 03:58:28 PM
Like a rainbow in the dark?
 
2012-10-24 07:36:10 PM
I like it, though I have a few thoughts.

- Angle of view makes you look like you're literally talking down to the viewer.
- Also a bit blurry for some reason.
- The geek shirt is a nice choice. :)
- I'd think if you can make a video, you could work in some explanatory images or video. You could talk over these. If you know someone who can do some simple animations, that would probably be good, too. For example, why not show a graphic of how a prism works?
- From my videography training: Build a simple expository plan (max. five parts, for a video like this). The overarching narrative should be clearly linear. Break it down into parts, and do multiple takes for each part, then pick the one you like for each. (One of the advantages of V/O is that you can swap the sound whenever you want, so you're not wedded to any given take, as you are when your face and mouth are in the shot.)
- Try adding (very) short bumpers at the beginning and end, with a bit of music and perhaps a fun graphic or simple animation. Anything over 10-15 seconds becomes indulgent and may irritate.
- Try to modulate more. Any given sentence here sounds fine, but all together it starts to sound monotonous after a short while. If you vary your voice more, it's less fatiguing to viewers.
- Try to be fun. If viewers think you're enjoying it, they're more likely to, also.
- Just as writers learn by reading, I strongly suggest watching a lot of instructional and explantory video, to see what works and what doesn't. My theory has always been that there's a practically infinite numer of right ways to do most things, but only a finite (much smaller) wrong ways. If you can eliminate the wrong ways, then whatever else you do will be right.
 
2012-10-24 09:13:43 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I like it, though I have a few thoughts.

- Angle of view makes you look like you're literally talking down to the viewer.
- Also a bit blurry for some reason.
- I'd think if you can make a video, you could work in some explanatory images or video. You could talk over these. If you know someone who can do some simple animations, that would probably be good, too. For example, why not show a graphic of how a prism works?
- Try adding (very) short bumpers at the beginning and end, with a bit of music and perhaps a fun graphic or simple animation. Anything over 10-15 seconds becomes indulgent and may irritate.


I could, if I had any sort of decent software or equipment. It's basically me and the shiatty webcam built into my shiatty Netbook. That's what the fundraiser is for. I do have an offer from someone with more technical skills that I to do an animated intro. If this thing takes off, I may cough up $5 and start a thread in TFD to poll the local experts for advice on technical stuff.

The blur is due to YouTube trying to "fix" it for me.

- From my videography training: Build a simple expository plan (max. five parts, for a video like this). The overarching narrative should be clearly linear. Break it down into parts, and do multiple takes for each part, then pick the one you like for each. (One of the advantages of V/O is that you can swap the sound whenever you want, so you're not wedded to any given take, as you are when your face and mouth are in the shot.)
- Try to modulate more. Any given sentence here sounds fine, but all together it starts to sound monotonous after a short while. If you vary your voice more, it's less fatiguing to viewers.
- Try to be fun. If viewers think you're enjoying it, they're more likely to, also.
- Just as writers learn by reading, I strongly suggest watching a lot of instructional and explantory video, to see what works and what doesn't. My theory has always been that there's a practically infinite numer of right ways to do most things, but only a finite (much smaller) wrong ways. If you can eliminate the wrong ways, then whatever else you do will be right.


Yeah, part of the monotone is the constraints imposed by the small depth of field, and the rest is me reading a script rather than delivering a talk (you may have seen my eyes following the text). A little more preparation on my part should clear up most of that.

Thanks for your advice. I've been getting tips from a variety of sources (mostly unsolicited, but overwhelmingly useful).

Oh, and the magnets are on the list of future shows *g*
 
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