Excited to see new video content being produced here at ATS. Wishing you the best of luck - it is a huge amount of work to pull off an effective
video production and you are doing some really great stuff. I appreciate all the work you are putting into this! I've been mostly off-line so this
was the first one I've been able to watch. All my feedback comes from a newbie perspective.
First - love the overall title/concept - it is like a Colbert sketch in its approach with the meter, etc. That being said, I didn't take it as
Technical Stuff For Your Pondering (Or Not...As You Wish...)
I would encourage you to continue working on your delivery - enunciation, pacing, timing, hand gestures... Hand gestures are used by pundits and
Presidents alike, but if they are too stiff or not used to punctuate something specifically, it can be distracting to me in a bad way - any gesture,
according the performance training I've had (singing/theatre), is a natural extension of the content and used only for emphasis when appropriate.
Obviously you don't want to sit there and not move, as that would be awkward and stiff looking, but when to move and why are finesse sort of things
that can be worked at over time. Imagine you are speaking clearly, but to real people in the room - when would you lean in (nice lean in the video,
btw! that was good!), when would you sit back a bit, when would you use more facial or body expression (raised eyebrows, a shoulder shrug, etc.) when
would you reign it all in and be really serious, with intense camera "eye-contact?" Overall, you could play with using a bit more expression in your
style (voice and body language) - keep it clear, focused, grounded in what you are saying, and if you are intending humor after serious topics, give
more of a physical indication in your style that you are making a joke... (I agree with some other folks who said that...) I thought you were playing
it straight the whole time so any jokes went completely over my head. Were you joking?? Some people thought you were...
Content: I appreciate the quick "news bites" versions of the topics - the one on the seizure by police has always terrified me - it can ruin lives so
easily and with so little provocation. Your revelation of what happens to the money is news to me and it is so obvious that this is really legalized
stealing that I can't believe it hasn't been formally challenged and axed at the level of higher courts...then again, I guess I can believe... *sigh*
Thanks for the reporting.
I would have liked to have gone a little bit deeper into that topic myself - is it possible to protect yourself from this? Are there various legal
means to challenge these heavy-handed and criminal punishments? That is the next step for me - not only what the problem is (pulling up the rug to
look at the scurrying insect-like wickedness of men), but potential solutions and legal means to fight back...that would be awesome and doubly
informative!!! I don't know if that kind of reporting falls under what you want to do, though.
As to the language usage: I don't generally use the sweary words, but I don't hold it against people who do.
You are reaching for a younger
demographic - that is part of it - and using the memes and visuals you have is also good for that - funny stuff.
So - again, I appreciate all the hard work and the main topic was great. If you managed to get through this tome-o'-thoughts post of mine, then I
thank you doubly for taking the time to read my two cents (which may be worth less than that to you, which is fine too...).
edit on 8-9-2014 by AboveBoard because: sleep deprivation...