I made a video! No, not one of those weird sex videos, just a normal video for someone's birthday and it was such a great experience. I've made a few videos before - just silly birthday videos or Valentine's day videos. And well, this one was a birthday video, but the big difference is it was a compilation of a clips friends and family had sent me to use in the overall birthday video.
Over two months, I solicited and received 43 different videos and edited them into 7 minutes. I watched each one of those videos no less than 10 times and it wasn't until the very end that I added in footage of myself. Overall, I probably spent 80 hours on it - editing, fixing timings, changing the soundtrack, and rearranging the order. Within each moment I knew I was building something great. I laughed so much people probably thought I was crazy. I learned a bunch about the editing application (Filmora) and green-screens and transitions.
Yes, this was a gift for someone and that always feels nice. But this was probably the largest DIY project I've done in a long time. It makes my happy. It feels like I'm making light and love and sharing it with the world. I know that I'm making light and love and sharing it with the world.
Paul in Amsterdam.