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Today was extremely nice. Most of our shoot was done outside instead of inside the car like our previous shorts have been. It was refreshing and an extremely nice day to be shooting outside. It was overcast. No ND filter required. It was the perfect temperature. No constant sweating and dabbing between shots. We didn’t have to fight the lighting all day which has been the MOST challenging thing of shooting inside and around a vehicle in Texas where the lighting changes outside every 20 seconds.
With a small team of 3 people, it’s damn near impossible to get the lighting right sometimes. We would definitely benefit from having 1 or 2 more people on set to hold things, move things, carry things, point things etc… It’s very challenging when all three of us are in the scene together and there’s not even a person to just operate the camera for a basic shot. We run into a lot of real challenges because we’re trying to hold ourselves to the standard of improving the quality of our webisodes every time we put a new one out. It is definitely true that you are your own toughest critic.
What we shot today was probably 90% of this episode. The rest of the shots we have to get during the week here and there when time permits. The editing process begins after that and it could take Aaron upwards of 2 full days of work to get all the sound and video edited together. I’ve always been above average at most of the things I put my mind to but this is difficult. Managing all of this at once stretches me really thin. I feel like I’m constantly working as hard and as much as I can to just tread water.
The great news is; with all of you folks out there watching us and putting in the time to hang out with me every day while we build up this community, this has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. That keeps me doing it and putting as much effort into it as I can physically and mentally handle and then some. Without you guys and gals, we wouldn’t even have a reason to be doing this and working this hard. We intend to keep bringing you high quality content that’s a step above most of the things you see on YouTube and/or T.V. and we hope that you enjoy and get some entertainment value out of it.YOU GUYS ROCK!
So here’s some behind the scenes pics and I’ll throw up a montage video tomorrow on YouTube for everyone to peruse. This is purely fan service stuff. Not meant to be entertaining or cool but just to show you our tiny operation on “The Romantics” and a little sneak peek of what’s to come in the next episode.
Time for another coop Monday with Aaron! In honor of coop goodness, a copy of Chivalary and a copy of Natural Selection 2 have been added to the games list for the giveaways. Enjoy!
If you have been looking for a way to support the stream, I’ve received a partnership from Game Fan Shop. Every dime of the money I get back when you purchase a game there will go straight back into the stream. I’m doing this stream as a non-profit thing for now. I will use the money to add more, quality games to the giveaways as well as for contests such as the one I have up on Twitter now. As of right now, I am not comfortable with putting up a link for monetary donations. I’m not doing this for money but for the community and the enjoyment of putting fun content out there for you guys and gals.
A little info about Game Fan Shop. The games they sell can be downloaded using Steam. They are Steam keys. They typically have the same sale as steam or better in some cases and you can get an additional 5% off there using the coupon code, WeAreTheRomanticsSpecial when you check out. I enabled this coupon just for you guys. It takes 5% OUT of the earnings I would make. I consider that a necessary discount for my friends. (It won’t let me make it higher than 5%)
Rules to Win
1. Follow us on Twitch. (the follow button is right above the video screen)
2. Be present when we do the RANDOM giveaways. I do 3 to 5 a day. If you miss out on one, there will be more.
3. Please consider checking out our YouTube content and subscribing to us there and on Twitter. We do webisodes! The links are on the left menu bar of this page.
We did our best to set up things nicely with the equipment we have. I look forward to any suggestions for the next time around. Please message them to me on Twitch.tv.
I’m giving away a copy of Xcom randomly today. I won’t send it to you until the end of the cast though due to the nature of the setup we’re running today.
You must be present to win it when I do the giveaway.
There will be 2 different signups. One signup is to win a custom t-shirt (being designed by Aaron this week). It will be a one of a kind shirt and the winner will be chosen from the T-shirt giveaway form.
-UPDATE- If you already entered this form before, do NOT do it again. You’re good to go.
Ignore the date on the form pls. It’s the form in this post.
We’re going to do the giveaways a little differently today and we may switch it up on subsequent days as well. This is to make sure that it’s not too easy for people to just make 20 accounts on Twitch.tv and have higher chances of winning. All of my viewers are very important to me but I want to make sure my regulars that are there day in and day out have an equal opportunity to win stuff 😀 Twitch doesn’t even verify e-mail addresses so it’s very easy for someone to make an infinite number of accounts to try and win freebies just using the chat to do the giveaways. Using Twitter and Steam group will alleviate that problem somewhat and I will just do the drawings from the entrants page all day with the same rules applying. You MUST BE PRESENT in the chat to win a game if you are chosen. I give 1 minute to respond and then we re-roll.
So here’s how it’s going to work. I will start streaming around 9:30am and probably stream for at least 8 hours.
Following us like this gives you an opportunity to get updates on the events we run and when we go live. It also supports us as streamers and helps to build our network. Thanks for taking the time to do that.
Looking forward to seeing you all there on Monday for some coop streaming with me and Aaron.