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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.
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.
Shooting a large production like a six episode, indie, tv show is a difficult process when 10 to 12 people are involved on a volunteer basis. We all have our own lives, jobs, families and responsibilities to deal with making justification of the time spent sometimes difficult. We’re getting there slowly, but surely. Another scheduling delay hit us and is pushing the project back a little further. Hopefully episode two will be partially funded where we can ask for more participation from our talent and crew.
I plan to update this site with more detailed info in the future, once we get to a point where we’re comfortable posting some demo stuff.
On another note, the twitch.tv/wearetheromantics project is going much better than anticipated. It has turned into a full time job for me on top of taking care of my dad. This has proven to be a good thing for me. I feel like I have a routine again and the wonderful viewers on twitch have really made it a rewarding experience thus far. Any of my twitch followers reading this, thank you so much for hanging out and giving me a worthwhile project to work on with you guys. I appreciate each and every one of you.
In 8 days of streaming we have gone from 0 views/follows to 5450+ page views and 345+ follows. On top of that, I think we’re averaging around 45 concurrent viewers with peaks into the upper 60’s and an all time high of 76. That’s pretty astounding so far. My current goal besides providing entertainment to the viewers, is to hit the first level of partnership with twitch so that we can get the transcode button on the stream. Having that button will make it loads easier on the viewers to watch us without lag. I’m currently restricted to decent quality 720p so that more people can watch lag free but I would like to stream in 1080p.
We had our first stream donations last week in the form of 3 games. These were donated for use in the game give aways we do. That makes keeping the spirit of giving alive all that much easier. I appreciate the help in that regard. Giving in many forms is a very rewarding experience.
In closing, thank you to all my regular visitors and viewers. You guys help the stream to be successful more than you may realize. I am aware though and greatly appreciate your time.