You Guys! I made a video!

Hi friends. I have published a video on how to make turmeric sunrise eggs over on YouTube. Also on my Facebook page.

This is the first in my series of how-to videos (with a twist.) I don’t have a series title yet, I’m thinking: Welcome To the Cabin.

HOW I MADE THIS VIDEO

I shot this video yesterday at my cabin on Orcas Island. The concept came to me in a brainstorming session last week. Here’s my (illegible) note from my notebook:

vidconceptnote

I’ll translate:

Comedy/Perf(ormance) 11/5
Cooking How-to / Meditation on Life
turmeric eggs and life
expand this? Trojan Horse videos
How-tos, pro tips, etc. etc. [illegible note]

So the basic concept is a trojan horse. A spoken word ramble on something that interests me disguised as a how-to video. I am a self-taught cook, so I figured I could talk through a recipe and intersperse cooking steps with thoughts about life. I figured somewhere in the frisson between recipe and philosophy: comedy.

Early last week I tried out the concept during my daily hikes. I would talk into my iPhone while walking down Turtleback Mountain. From these recordings I learned that I needed to simplify my philosophical asides. The first couple of run-throughs were too long, 15 and 12 minutes.

I took the rough concept and wrote a loose script, in note form:

scriptturmeric

Last Thursday I performed the concept at the Doe Bay Cafe open mic on the otherwise very quiet eastside of Orcas. As is often the case I had the attention of a handful of audience members (most people go to the Thursday open mic to socialize and drink.) But my little audience seemed engaged and they laughed at a few key lines, which I took note of.

I forgot to record the performance with my phone, but I think it took about 10 minutes (still too long.) As you can see from the live performance script, I talked about a lot of different things: quitting your job, your phone is not your friend, quit your job, etc. I decided to focus on just one of these for the video.

I chose money as my muse. I wrote a new script, in note format, in my notebook:

scriptforvideo

Yesterday I cleaned the tiny kitchen in my cabin and recorded the video. I edited today at my “office,” really the extraordinarily beautiful Orcas Island Public Library:

libraryphoto

I spent about two hours editing the video…the majority of the time was spent teaching myself to cleanup audio with compressors, noise gates, and what not (thanks, Professor Google.) I didn’t do any color correction; I’ll save that for my next video.

Meanwhile, as I write this, a windstorm has knocked out the power. A common experience on Orcas Island in the winter. For some reason the Internet is still working. And so. I post this.

One comment

  1. Hi Evan! Great timing on your video. I’m definitely in need of both wit and humor— not to mention recipe challenged. Can’t wait to see the “ series”. I’ll be in touch next week as I’m still on the mend but doing great. Thanks again for documenting the performance. – Heather

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