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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Mar 30, 2012.
I think you've got the wrong rant thread.
You guys that complain about the heat wave have it lucky. The same system gave us 1 degree above normal weather with rain. The one day that I'd agree is ridiculously above normal? Rain before it gets back to the 40's, the same temperature it was the 2 days before. But here's something... it's not even winter yet, and when there's a mild December, that usually means a brutal January. I've said before, Christmas comes 4 days into winter. Then you have the entire month of January. The WORST, coldest, darkest, longest month of the year. All you get then is Martin Luther King Day.
Still, it would be nice to actually get that warm air that's ticking everybody off up here. Every time they said it was supposed to be in the 50's, it was the mid 40's and cloudy.
Again, I think you guys have the wrong rant thread, this thread is my rants about set backs and lackluster results with my own work and creativity.
Like now, for instance: thanks to YouTube screwing up the homepage big time, stats indicate that only FOUR of my subscribers have actually seen the most recent new Steve D'Monster vid, that's probably because the rest of them aren't even aware it's been uploaded because they probably haven't seen it in their homepage feeds.
I heard there was a problem with video views also. I know one of the people I co-subscribe to keeps losing subscribers somehow and it drives her bats. There's something on YT's end that sucks, but I really dislike the new homepage, cluttering up subscriptions and recommendations into one list. That's probably part of your problem. I get things I "subscribed" to that were posted well over a few weeks ago on top of the list like they were new.
I can't really tell if people are still having trouble with the new homepage or not, so at any rate, here's an MC posting for the latest Christmas entry.
Personally, I'm a little embarrassed by this one: it turned out a lot cheesier than I expected, and one of the effects didn't even show on camera which unintentionally adds to the cheap production values. Oh well.
Here we go again:
And believe it or not, I actually got a little emotional while filming this entry, for two very different reasons:
1. As I was shooting Steve asleep on the couch, by the light of the Christmas tree, "Bunny Go High and Go Low" starting playing in the back of my mind, and it reminded of how much I'm going to miss Kevin.
2. As you know, I had planned a big holiday fest for Steve this year, it's some thing I've been working on almost all year, and this was the last of it... which means it's all over now, there's no more that needs to be done with it... it's bittersweet, to say the least.
I'm STILL REALLY hurting right now from how effed up the new YT homepage is, so because of that, here's some more shameless plugging in an attempt to help boost my failing view count.
Oh yeah, this is the remaining unreleased entry in the series.
Excuse me for bumping this thread again, but I kind of have a different perspective this time.
Nearly a month ago, I uploaded my latest work, an artistic short film entitled THE WINDMILL, which was something of a tribute to and a psuedo remake of the Disney Silly Symphony THE OLD MILL. It was a personal labor of love that took about a month to do, from actually building and constructing the windmill itself, to setting the stage, to filming, to editing; it was totally a pet project, all the way. Weeks later, with the obvious exception of people from within my own social circle, it's gone virtually unnoticed. Once again, I place all the blame on YouTube: by doing away with tags and continually sweeping the small channels under the rug on purpose to posture partner channels, ordinary and honest YouTubers like myself are getting creamed. But, this time around, I'm not really bothered all that much, because this is a different case: as I said, THE WINDMILL was really nothing more than a pet project that was a labor of love, I did it simply because I felt like doing it; it's not like with Steve, when I'm putting myself out there and trying to showcase my work for people to actually see. THE WINDMILL really isn't part of my body of work, it was just something I did on the side out of enjoyment, and I'm not really trying to showcase anything... so while I'm still bitterly upset with YT for practically forsaking the community that makes it up by focusing all of its energies on the schmucks that put money in their pockets, I'm not feeling any kind of disappointments over this, because it's not as if it was all for naught.
On a side note, it's kind of interesting that the poor results of my VAMPIRE GIRL webcomic is what prompted this thread two years ago, though thoughout this past year or so, it's actually started garnering a little outside attention (and by "Outside," I mean people who aren't already associated with me), so... *Shrug* Whatever.
I'm really glad that for the first time in a long time I'm actually receiving feedback on my work. It's been a couple of weeks since I released my experimental film, and response to it has been completely positive, which I'm happy about. I find it intriguing that so many people find it to be a funny short, because it really wasn't intended to be a comedy -- but then again, it really didn't fall into any specific genre, which is one of the reasons why it was an "experimental" film. But I'm glad people have been enjoying it: those 3-4 months of hard work paid off.
I keep seeing schmuck internet celebrities getting TV deals all over the place, and I keep wondering when is it going to be my turn? Not counting Steve's show which I was close to actually making happen, I'm sitting on top of eight different show concepts that I've had outlined as far back as 2007 (which is how long I've been producing content for YT). Of course, it would actually behoove me if this town actually had studio facilities that could hold a full-scale puppet production with built-up sets. There's actually a good-sized independent producing and filmmaking community in my town, and major motion pictures have filmed here before (a poster for our local country radio station can be seen in THE COUNTRY BEARS, and Tarantino is from here and often films in and around the area), so there's justification from bring better production facilities here.
This isn't really a rant or anything, but I'm going to be really honest here: with so many people telling me how much they've been missing Steve and are wanting to see more of him again . . . I was kind of expecting the recent "Monster Eyes" MV to go over better than it has - even though it's really Bethany's video and Steve's more of a feature. Still, I was kind of expecting more turn-out than what it's gotten.
Ironically, I still can't wrap my mind around the fake funding credits spoof video I did racking up over 1,000 views - I haven't gotten that many views since Steve's heyday.
I was warned that my very recent short about the differences between single-camera sitcoms then and now would probably not be understood by laypeople . . . I guess that actually turned out to be true, because once again, I find myself being disappointed by the lackluster response to it. I even went an extra step, and shared it specifically with at least five people I know who are experts in the television field, figuring they, in particular, would understand and appreciate the parody. Apparently only two of them even bothered looking, and only one of those two gave some actual feedback. At least somebody out there was just simply happy to see Steve in something new again, so that was nice.
I guess I've just lost my touch.
It also doesn't help that just about the only things popular on YT right now are all review videos: movie reviews, Top 10 countdowns, trivia videos, etc.
That same video has now garnered over 3,000 views - no other video I have is even close to that number. It's frustrating that one video that I put perhaps the least amount of effort into (and one that I just did for the sake of being silly) is the one that's garnered the most attention . . . of course, I know the reason for that is because there's a large number of funding credit obsessors out there, so that probably has a lot to do with it.
Yeah, and now I've learned that, as is often the case, the positive feedback was really just out of politeness. I have been told that the film was too long, but now that seems to be only solid response to it: it's too long. And, in fact, apparently it was shown to someone who actually use to have a career in show business: he didn't like it.
Matter of fact, I'm being told now that I apparently have no sense of timing and pacing. It's ironic, because one of the problems I had with earlier Steve D'Monster episodes was I often would cut and pace them too fast, and not allow time for anything to sink in and process, so I've tried slowing down a bit since then for a better flow . . . but I guess that isn't working either if people don't like my pacing.
And, again, as I said with my very recent short, since it parodies how the television industry has changed from years past to now, I tried sharing it with people who are connected to television somehow, including a historian I'm acquainted with, a sitcom writer whose blog I follow regularly, and other people I know who are experts in certain aspects of television: only two of them have even bothered looking, and only one of them gave any kind of feedback (if only because he's a friend of mine).
I guess I'm just not as good at this as I believed I was. I guess this is why I rarely get any actual feedback on anything anymore: people don't want to tell me how much I suck.
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