Woohoo!! The So Easy Herbal e-Book and Video Companion Series is NOW available!
To say I am thrilled and excited and over the moon to get this series ‘up there’ and available for you is an understatement to say the least. It has taken the whole summer to produce these videos and I have loved making them. It really was a whole new learning experience and something different on all counts.
While I’m an ardent photographer I have never been into videos. Never filmed those precious moments, always snapped them. I remember doing a debate in collage many years ago about the merits of still versus video photography, guess which side I was on! So it all came as a bit of an eye-opener this videoing stuff. Okay, I admit it, I was a Video Virgin!
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole aspect of kitting up HQ for the filming. Building the table set and placing it ‘just so’. Making sure I built a shelf underneath so I could stuff things in there out of the way, and produce things like a true TV pro and say the immortal lines “Here’s one I prepared earlier”. Fiddling with lighting and dusting off props. Oh I was in my element.
It wasn’t quite so much fun when I discovered that filming yourself is a lot more difficult than having some nice chap from STV studios run after you with a camera and having a sound guy to capture your every word. Oh no, had to do this myself.
And honestly, where is ‘hair and makeup’ when you want them! I can’t tell you how many movies I shot and then noticed something horrendous in the hair dept, outfit disaster or just had a general facial freak-out. That OMG moment when you realise that you look a total dork and will now have to re-shoot the whole darn thing yet again.
Apart from the looks issue there is also the Klutz issue. Oh yes, I may be able to bound about on live TV for 5 minutes at a time and Get It Right, say what I mean to say, and even get my hands to coordinate with my brain, but oh dear try doing this when you’re just on your own with the camera and the props, and all those little boo-boos just waiting to happen.
Of course you’re going to drop the olive oil, send the garlic flying and cut your finger. Of course the bloody table is going to keel over because you’re leaning on it in what you think is a jaunty angle but in actual fact means your entire weight is centred on the wobbly leg you thought would ‘hold up’. Wires are the bain of my life anywhere and this little mission found me building my own rats nest out of the things. There are more wires in HQ than in the National Grid system. Where there is a wire there is a prat fall!
Yes, making the videos has been a learning experience but so much fun.
Editing the videos has been – challenging. Now there’s a word. Challenging. Yes it has all been a tad challenging. I have been on that dreaded (and boy do I hate these words) steep learning curve (yugheeegh hate it, hate it, hate it!) and I have slithered and slipped and fallen off the damn curve more times than I have been on the thing.
While technology and I have never been happy bedfellows, I discovered that we weren’t even friends, so I really had some catching up to do to get us on speaking terms to actually start this thing. “Hello lovely technical computer thing. You look wonderful this morning. Have you had a nice weekend?”, yes, yes I have tried everything to snuggle up with technology, heavens above, I’ve even read a manual or two!
I have also discovered (the hard way of course) that trying to do all this stuff on a mere Netbook is really nothing short of madness. What looks like a normal computer in the above photo is in fact a tiny Netbook plugged into a monitor screen. The little Netbook brain is whirring away at the side. Alas when I say whirring I should maybe elongate the word, more of a w h i r r i n g in a really slowed down sort of way. You see doing all this fun editing and rendering (oh aren’t I good on the technical terms) takes power and my wee Netbook just’t ain’t got the juice. I oh course did not even think of that when I started out, after all a computer is a computer isn’t it!
Ho hum, I now know that what someone (hello Bob I’m talking about you here) can blithly tell you from the comfort of their Apple Mac about just how zippy and fast it is to do all this, is a load of rubbish if you are chuntering away with a Netbook that knows in its little shiny computerised heart that it is really best suited to playful web surfing and sending out emails – it just can’t handle this stuff. “It’ll only take ten minutes” can in reality take several hours. There is a modecom of nail biting, hair pulling stress involved in this time frame and of course I didn’t realise that it was the slowness of the system that wasn’t exactly helping matters, oh yes that and the fact that I hadn’t a clue.
Unfortunately I took on the mantle of the Netbook and came out in sympathy with it. I started to whine and whinge in exactly the same way. I too moaned that it was all Too Much and I got slower by the day.
Boy have I been a pain in the ass to live with this summer. I can now bore beautifully on film editing and the merits of a short sting versus cutting your own music. I can drone for hours on the best angle for your soft PhotoSel lighting box and fairly dazzle on zooms and long shots. Oh yes I am a nerd now!
But having said all that I am THRILLED with the results. I have created a real video series, a set of 21 movies, each 5 minutes long and packed with information. I’ve really done what I set out to do when I wrote So Easy Herbal in the first place last year, and that is to show people just how EASY herb crafting really is. What better way to show that than in real time motion pictures. People can now actually see that making Victorian style soap balls only takes five minutes, that creating your own fabulously flavoured butters is something that can be dashed off when you have a few spare moments in the kitchen and that being a wee bit creative with your own pot pourri can actually be quick easy and fun!
So you see this is a big moment.
So Easy Herbal e-Book and Video Companion Series are now available, come and have a look here.