The Dilemma


While writing Spoonful Chronicles, I found inspiration in making recipe videos that went along with what I was writing. Now that I am writing a novel inspired by traffic, I find it hard to figure out what type of videos to make that goes along with it. I tried to make a few videos where I animate traffic signs. But who knew that making a stick figure dance would be difficult? Like tear your hear out difficult. I didn’t know before attempting it. And so those videos look a bit silly. So what sort of a video should I make to captures impressions about being in traffic?

The simple answer to that question is: don’t make any videos. Why do you need to make videos at all?

That is a logical answer. But my heart wants to make videos. Because making videos is fun. At the time of making the recipe videos, the task seemed impossibly hard. I can’t tell you how many times I cried off camera because of stuff not working out or because I wanted to do something and had no clue how to do it. Now when I look back I realize that I had an easy task in comparison. I had the luxury of filming stuff in the privacy of my kitchen all on my own. I had been cooking meals for over 20 years, which meant that I had some idea about what goes into preparing a dish. Finally, you can work for two or three hours in the kitchen and produce something that is interesting. Something that people are curios about. Something that looks beautiful. Easy peasy. What am I supposed to do today? Video tape myself driving a car? ….. boring. Video tape a ride on the bus? ….. wake me up when it’s over please. Also there is the aspect of filming something in public and wondering how other people will react to it. Maybe somebody doesn’t want to be filmed. So many complicated factors to consider.

After weeks of thinking, I had this idea. Forget filming something outside. Come up with a different approach. Take passages from the writing and use typography animation to make it look interesting. Accompany that with recorded narration. That way the writing shines, dances and expresses itself with an extra flair. As an experiment and as a technical exercise I create this video. Just to see how it would feel. I don’t know. But I am hoping that this is a challenge that can be easy enough so that if I work hard on it I can produce interesting results. On the other hand a challenge that is hard enough to stir some creative sparks. What do you think? I would love to hear your ideas.

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