Warning: Cringe-worthy video after the jump.
The first video I ever made was during a school trip to Unit 23 Skatepark. This was about 10 years ago so please cut me a bit of slack. I never really thought I’d get into filming and editing videos at the time, I just wanted to make a video to give out to my friends on the bus and around school.
I really wasn’t sure about whether I wanted to post this video, it’s just so shockingly bad! The filming is rubbish (such as my sausage fingers covering the lens at 0:24) and the editing is outrageous (what was I thinking at at 1:10?). I filmed it using the video function of a point-and-shoot digital camera and Windows Movie Maker so I think that speaks volumes about the quality of the end product. Nevertheless, it was a fun trip and I enjoyed making the video and showing it to my friends. Hard as it may be to believe, I was proud of that video at the time.
That one school trip prompted my interest in filming and editing videos and I’ve went on to produce two full-length DVDs, collaborated with companies like 20Twenty Store and Seventies on their DVD projects (The former resulted in me featuring on the silver screen, one of the most surreal moments of my life) and produced web content. Honestly, I don’t think I’d have accomplished all those things if it wasn’t for that school trip sparking my interest in making videos.
There’s a lot of satisfaction in working towards a goal like putting out a video. I takes a lot of effort putting out a video (web or otherwise) and it’s primarily the reason that I haven’t put out much in the last few years, save a few web-videos here and there. Between work, family and social commitments, I simply don’t get as much time as I’d like to ride my BMX and for the small windows of opportunity I do get, I don’t want to spend them with a camera in my hand.
It’s a shame because I really do enjoy filming and editing videos and I wish I had more time to devote to it. I’ve had a few moments over the years where I’ve decided to film more and I guess this is another of those moments. I’m not expecting to bring out another The Ride Out DVD (I think that ship has sailed unfortunately) but I am excited to dust off the VX again and feel the thrill of that perfectly pulled trick and the frustration leading up to it, the late-night editing rush you get when the song goes perfectly with the footage, the uneasy moment when the Vimeo upload bar hits 99% and everything in between.
In the mean time, check out the video above and enjoy how laughably bad my beginnings in making videos were.