and Richard Dean Roberts:
You will get your requisite YouTube videos posted later today, as it is YouTube Saturday. I enjoy making these videos; it’s nice to work with another medium just to spice things up. However, I’m a perfectionist and it is damnably difficult to get the clips to pass the Meaghan Test.
I have spoken before about the problems with narration. Those are pretty minor and require only persistence to fix. The biggest difficulty involving these videos, I find, is in selecting who will be profiled in them.
It takes quite awhile, sometimes longer than the time involved in making the video itself. Almost every MP on the Charley Project is unsuitable in my mind. They get struck off the list for one or more of the following reasons:
So I’m quite selective in picking out which cases to make a video for. But I always manage to find at least two, every week.
I attended Michael’s grandfather’s funeral in May. Now tomorrow it will be Ellen’s. I’ve picked out a dress to wear that I think is appropriate for the occasion and the season. (I’m sure that one person would say it was tacky though.) I had to borrow some shoes from my mother. 29 years old and I don’t own a single pair of dress shoes. But on the other hand, why should I, when I hardly ever need any and when I do, I can always borrow some from Mom? For the most part I wear three pairs of shoes: the Brown Pair (loafers), the Black Pair (oxfords) and once in awhile the Pink Sneakers. Anyway, I’m mainly there to be supportive of Michael, since she was his friend. I suppose I’ll do what I did before, hug people and hand out tissues to the crying ones and say “I’m sorry for your loss” a lot.
I’ve made some more videos for this coming Saturday. I can’t leave it till the last minute. Believe it or not, those short little videos take a long time to make, often longer than writing a casefile would. First I have to find a person to do a video on (and I do have some criteria; sometimes finding someone suitable takes a bit of time) and then I have to put the images and pics together and all, and write the script, and then — this is what takes longest — I have to do the narration over and over and over and over again. There’s always something wrong: I stumble over a word, I’m talking too quickly or too slowly or too quietly, I accidentally blow into the microphone, etc. With Shanaz Zakia‘s video I wanted to say her car was found in an industrial area of town but I tried like fifteen times and couldn’t get “an industrial area” to sound right. I kept stumbling over the “an in” part. Finally I just removed that from the script altogether. Most of the time in my vids you’re actually listening to, like, Take 29.
I would like to remind everyone that I accidentally posted the YouTube Saturday videos on Friday. Here they are.
So that’s it. If anyone has something to say, you know where to find me.
[EDIT: Gah. I had taken a certain sleep aid/muscle relaxer prior to writing this entry and reacted very badly; it turned me into a gibbering idiot. Practically every word I wrote had some error in it. I might as well have been extremely drunk. It took me the better part of an hour to write this entry because I had to go back and correct everything with fingers that didn’t work right…and this morning I see I didn’t get it all. I have fixed the last of the mistakes and apologize for my word choice and spelling not having been up to its usual standard.]
I promised I’d only do two a week on Saturdays only but I did post one. This case is so awful, and it never got much publicity, just a few articles in the local papers and nothing at all since 1977. I felt obliged to profile it.
I spent much of today excitedly making new YouTube vids instead of working on regular Charley Project updates, a situation that clearly cannot be allowed to continue. So I am going to limit myself to two a week: Saturday will become YouTube Saturday, where I will post one video for a male MP and one for a female.
In the meantime, content yourself with the six vids I put up today:
I uploaded eight videos to the CharleysMissing YouTube channel. For some reason only two of them are showing up on the playlist right now, so here’s a list of them all:
[EDIT: Okay, now they’re showing up. Good.]
Yeah, once I figured out how to make videos it went easily. I followed the same basic template for each one; only the names, picture and narration changes. I’ve made six so far: three males and three females. I’m trying to find cases that have a reasonable amount of detail but not so much that I can’t summarize it in thirty seconds or so.
What is troubling, however, is that I’ve had to discount some promising possibilities just because I wasn’t 100% sure how to pronounce their names.
I don’t know how this is going to work yet — whether the vids will be a regular feature or whether I’ll just add them in batches whenever I feel like it, or what. I’ll let y’all know when you can see ’em.