This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistia team member's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Jordan Munson is a customer champion at Wistia. His last Non Sequitur was about A Link to the Past.
In my fourth Non Sequitur post since joining the Wistia ranks, I feel as though I'm due for a change. In my 20 or so months as a Wistia employee, I've only made two videos (both of which were for the #videowkd initiative). I decided that for this particular Non Sequitur, I'd change that. It was time to make a real video.
But about what?
That's a good question, and one I didn't really know the answer to for a long while. I had been mulling ideas about in my brain for a few weeks, but nothing really stuck. Would I make a skateboarding video? Probably not, even though I'd always wanted to make one (I don't think I'm a good enough skateboarder to really pull that off these days). Perhaps a documentary about something? No, not that either, as it felt like too big a project for a Non Sequitur post.
Then it dawned on me; I should pay homage to one of my favorite videos of all time: Monty Python's "Ministry of Silly Walks" skit. From the very first moment I saw John Cleese take his first fantastically silly step when I was a kid, it's been one of my favorite things to enjoy.
After that came the arduous task of coming up with an idea for my own video. The concept took some thinking, and the scripting took even longer—a script I ended up throwing out anyway, since it ended up being pretty bad when it was on film (note to self: table reads are definitely still important).
Eventually, I had all the details nailed down, and it was time to shoot. Not long after I realized there was no way I was going to successfully do this on my own (our cardboard cutout of C3PO makes a pretty mediocre stand-in for shots).
Thus, I enlisted the help of my lovely girlfriend to be a stand-in and help with the things I needed extra hands for. In this particular situation, I took a lot of things for granted, including (but not limited to):
- Providing direction to the person shooting while also trying to deliver lines is very difficult.
- Being able to communicate when to start and stop rolling is not a given.
- Knowing whether a take is good is hard when you fail to instruct the person behind the camera what a good take is.
- Being unable to gauge whether the camera placement has changed since you can't see the framing from in front of the camera.
- Not thinking ahead about how you'll sync up your audio and video during editing.
- Remembering lots of lines (even when you wrote them all).
My "Ministry of Silly Walks" Video
At the end of the day, I think I might be able to be pretty happy with the result of my first (mostly solo) video-making experience once I get over the anxiousness of releasing it to the world. I know I can do better, but as my first scripted and planned video, as well as my first video featuring voice parts, it came out pretty okay. If nothing else, it was a fantastic learning experience that I can't wait to build upon even more!
Without further ado, my first "real" video (and the very Non Sequitur of this post):
I'd love to hear about how your first "real" video experiences went, and what stuff you learned the hard way! More importantly, though, how silly are your walks? You can consider this an official challenge to film your own Ministry of Silly Walks submission. Bring 'em on!