When my sister introduced me to the “Draw My Life” trend a few months ago, I couldn’t remember the last time I was so inspired and motivated to work on a creative project.
But I must say, the process of producing a video based on such a detailed and broad subject was quite a challenge, especially with what equipment I had to work with.
I started on Amazon.com and purchased an 11 x 14 inch magnetic dry erase board (~$11.99), which was a steal. Then came the process of composing the narration and marking all the specific points that I wanted to depict in a drawing. That alone took a few days and numerous edits.
When I was finally ready to film, I initially intended to use my Sony Cybershot to record but much to my dismay, my noob memory card only let me record a few minutes at a time. So I turned to my webcam and utilized the record feature on Windows Live Movie Maker, which allowed me to record up to an hour at a time. I ended up with three 1-hour video files…it was intense. The set-up was actually pretty comical. I used a step stool as an anchor for my white board and placed my laptop on top of a stack of magazines, like so:
To make things even more complicated, there was a harsh reflection from my laptop monitor that I covered up using a towel (sheets of paper failed to cancel out the light so I needed something thicker). But by doing so, I wasn’t able to see my screen! So I hovered my mouse over the “record” option and hoped that it was recording…
It was an excruciating process but fun, nonetheless. The voice-over portion was also entertaining and significantly changed from my original script throughout post-production. I had to consolidate three hours of video into less than 10 minutes and had no choice but to chop off tons of content. But for the most part, I think I captured the compelling parts of my life story (thus far) and really enjoyed getting my hands dirty again in a creative project…literally!
So without further adieu, here is the long-awaited project that I have been working so secretly on for the past month!
Oh, and if you want to know how ugly my hair really was growing up, here is proof…