One day, I got more ambitious. In our garage, I poured generous quantities of rubbing alcohol on the floor around the skulled monster, lit it up, and started filming my epic scene. An impressive ring of flames formed around him. He was raising his arms to the ceiling. Great special effects! Oh my God, I was in heaven. I kept shooting and shooting walking around him. Flames got bigger, I kept shooting until the film would run out. But the camera would keep rolling for minutes. I never ran out of film. Ooops, the fire was getting a little bit out of control, so I finally dropped the camera and rushed to my friend’s to help him put the fire out around him and on his costume. No one was hurt, thank God!
Ah, the magic of cinema! I picked up the camera, pulled the trigger and continued filming the story, with Luc the detective saving the day again and shooting the monster. I was so elated. There was just one problem. The camera was still able to run. There was an infinite amount of film in that cartridge! I must have thought "Cooool! My dad bought bigger, longer film cartridges. Amazing! "
So I finally completed my movie and took the film cartridge out of the camera, put it in the aluminum wrap and my dad eventually sent it to the lab. When the film came back, processed, all rolled up in a little reel, I was so elated. The euphoria of creation was finally going to be rewarded by a super-production-big-effect-like-blockbuster! But I started to wonder, why is the film reel so tiny? I threaded the film in the projector and started to watch the film. The film lasted only 2 and a half minutes. The last scene on the reel was my skull friend entering the garage. Then, no more film! Nothing of the glorious ring-of-fire special effect! Nothing of the infernal closeups of the flames! No sign of Luc coming in and killing the monster neither! Just a white empty screen... My heart sank. I felt ashamed of myself, and so disappointed.
I went on to film school eventually and learned a few things the hard way throughout my 20 year-plus film/video career.
Here’s why I created Video Bubble. I had all the best intentions in the world. I wanted to make these films, but because I was ignorant and careless, I ended up discouraged. It took me years to recover and regain confidence in myself.
I want everyone who is willing to invest time and effort in making their videos to be rewarded, not disappointed, or frustrated. Making videos is a profound act of creation that will bring you enormous benefits and satisfaction, BUT you must avoid the caveats and quicksands that can engulf you along the path. You cannot leave it to good luck and hopeful thinking if you want to put out amazing videos on a consistent basis. Us, the Video Bubble members and I, can help you achieve your ambitious video program without the struggles and disappointments. Video creation is exciting, video production is intricate and a mine field. You want to know what you’re doing if you’re in for the long run, and continuously get better at it. Don’t learn it the hard way like I did.
I created Video Bubble in order for you to avoid complications, because video can be... complicated.