Before I got the video camera I currently own, I knew I wanted to make higher quality timelapse videos of my paintings. I told Ben how annoyed I was with creating them on my iPhone and he lent me his old video camera. I then proceeded to make many mistakes, and this video:
Top Five Tips on How to Make a Terrible
1) Here in Terrible Movie Land, we're all about bad lighting. You know those pretty lamps you have all over the house? Hide them. If we can fully see the details in the art you're creating, you're doing it right and we don't like that.
2) Don't buy a nice video camera. It's not worth the cost. It'll only make your work look good, and who wants that?
3) Be sure to NOT check your camera's battery before you begin painting. Especially if this is your first time using this camera and you don't know the sound it makes (or doesn't make) when the battery dies and the recording abruptly ends. Since you finger paint, the added bonus of checking the charge on your camera mid-painting will be a fun challenge that you'll enjoy!
4) Who needs a tripod? You're video will look great if you dangle at an angle from a tall cabinet, held in place by the most beautiful masking tape you own.
5) Don't wear pants. You know those short shorts that you really don't want to ever be seen in? The ones that are always your last resort for coverage because you haven't done laundry in three weeks? Yeah, take those. Put them on, and video tape yourself wearing them for all the world to see. People love that added mystery of "Is she wearing pants?" and "Why doesn't she wear pants while she paints?"
So there you have it. Fortunately the painting itself looks a lot better than this video leads you to believe. I actually have it up for sale right now! It's called "New Frontier" and it's influenced by the many colors and patterns found on the insides of the sea shells that I collected this past summer. More details/purchase HERE! It's half off - just $300 and would make a wonderful present for a friend or loved one (or a special treat for yourself!)
Since creating this video, I've upgraded my equipment to a Nikon COOLPIX P530 Full HD video camera, brought another lamp into the studio, found my tripod, and decided those shorts + movie making do not make a good match. Please learn from my mistakes! :)
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