Videos, The Stumbling Block

Everyone is doing videos. Studio videos, tutorials, teaching videos. That’s a good thing. Showing how something works in actual motion is a great help to creativity.

So why don’t I love videos? I’ve been trying to figure it out for years. I have learned the basics, although David Lynch doesn’t have much to fear. Using photographs, using movement, I’ve worked on a few videos. I even admit to liking this one.

So what’s not to like? Unlike a book, I can’t stick a bookmark on a page. I can’t use a sticky note and write “use this glue on photograph collage” and stick in in place on the video. Yes, of course I can open a spread sheet, and keep track of the times in instructional videos that I want to re-watch. That, however, is exhausting me just thinking about it.

I also can’t prop a video open on my desk and follow along, getting my hands messy and then stop it till I catch up.

Yes, of course, a book is not a video. They have different advantages and disadvantages. And yes, I have to make some videos or I’ll be relegated to the dustbin of creativity.

Sometimes when I watch videos or art demos, and the artist spends many minutes at the beginning speaking about her background, her life, her inspiration before she gets around to the doing, I get impatient. In a book, I could flip ahead. Trickier in a video, in which you can skip ahead but not really see what you missed. There is no skimming in a video.

I couldn’t wait to get a Kindle, and it didn’t stop my love of real books. I appreciated the different purposes. But I’m still waiting to warm up to videos, and I know I must.

Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach who wishes she could love videos more.

Your Life on Index Cards

For decades, I’ve been a fan of index cards. They work perfectly for to-do lists, bookmarks, name tags, table place markers, reminder tags, and, of course, the one-sentence journal. (I’m not putting the link to the original blog post, because I no longer sell the one-sentence journal with prompts.)

A few days ago, I stopped by one of my favorite creative blogs, Daisy Yellow, and she had just started ICAD, Index Card A Day –what a great idea! Go over there and take a peek at the ideas, then join the fun with index cards.

Because I have a book coming out in July, I am learning how to make videos. Seems sensible that a how-to book should be demo’d by the author. That means learning how do create my own videos. I decided to combine the index card project and video, and create a small series of videos called Your Life on Index Cards. Using only index cards and some ordinary supplies, each video will make a comment on life. I hope they will be thoughtful, funny, and interesting.

They will vary, but here’s the first one. You’ll notice a credit for music at the end–and there will be music. Susan Loughrin from Inner Creative Voice offered to do the soundtrack, and I easily took her up. She’s an amazing creative force, so when the music is done and I have learned how to attach it to a video, I’ll post them side by side to compare how music changes the feeling of a video!

Meanwhile, Your Life on Index Cards.

–Quinn McDonald is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art, published by North Light Books. It will be available on July 20.

Theme Thursday #3: 5/21/09

Here’s how it works–On Thursdays, you pick a topic you love and know a lot about. Share the information-find at least three links that are great. Post them to your site and let us know about them in the comments. You can also put them on Twitter (#Theme Thursday) or Facebook.

This week is about clever ideas:

I cringe at making a video, but I like to watch them. Here’s a really well-done, sharply-edited video on cat yodeling. Don’t have coffee in your mouth while watching. Use as an excuse to learn skills on video-learning.

Your business card is what people use to remember you. Advertising leave-behinds need to be useful to your audience.  Make it memorable.

Krista is a photographer. She took a lot of pictures of objects shaped like letters. Her home page lets you  spell out our favorite word, name or message using her photos.  You can purchase it as a framed piece of art or greeting card.

If you’ve seen (or read) Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, you know about ambigrams–words written in such a way as to be readable both right-side up and upside down. John Langdon created them for the movie and on his website. He gives you tips on how to create ambigrams, too.

Previous Theme Thursdays:

Creative Play 5/14/09,

Creative Play 5/7/09