Sunday, September 28, 2008

Did you apply to ELE yet? Evil WoH has...

Some people have been wondering how they are going to shoot their ELE video. 
My evil twin, however, has had no such problems. Using the tools she had available (a company webcam) she has crafted a masterpiece in understated evilness:

The whole process was very easy so if you are going to submit an application here's a few tips:
  • Make sure you follow all the rules on the ELE website
  • If you have a plan, script or song but you can't film it because you haven't got the right equipment/actors/instruments/location/etc think about it again. I don't know for sure but I can make a guess that the Whedons and Ms Tanchareon and their associates are looking for original ideas above the latest technology/steady camera work/fancy locations/etc. While it won't hurt to have special effects or expensive costumes don't be put off if you can't get them.
  • It's supposed to be enjoyable for you as well as your audience. If you are stressing about it then take a break and come back to it again.
  • Songs are good but not essential
  • A webcam will do - use what you have available. Most of all, if you have an idea then try and capture it with whatever you have. Don't fret if it isn't quite what you envisioned in the end. It could be better than you hoped for.
  • If you're not sure about video editing think about writing something that can be done in one take. This might make for more initial work (how many takes will it take for you to say 'Evil League of Evil' right!) but it saves time later.
There is lots of information on the Internet about how to shoot videos and how to upload them, so what are you waiting for? Surely you can do better than my Evil Twin!

P.S. Kim Evey (Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show, The Guild etc) has recently joined the new Ning community on The Guild website. I messaged her because I love her work and she sent some messages back, which are very funny. And the more eagled-eyed amongst you may spot a certain Higlet in the Application video, especially for Kim....