I know everyone vlogs these days, especially over the Christmas period, but I have to say I enjoy watching other people living. I also enjoy vlogging myself because it is a less disciplined and less planned for version of what I used to do for the satellite channel I worked for, which was making documentaries. Some people would say that making a good documentary is harder and takes more skill than making a good fiction film. I don't agree. I think the main skill in documentary making is finding a good story. A really good story. I do love the emotion you can play with in documentaries though. Silences can be used to your advantage and there is so much more scope for using images to foreshadow something or just give a tiny piece of information. The Michalaks are becoming absolute pros at this and I think their vlogs are a cut above every single one I've seen on Youtube.
I wanted to make these vlogs for a few reasons:
- I enjoy filming everything. When I was younger I felt more secure when I had a viewfinder to my eye. It's just something I love to do. I enjoy documenting everything and this is the way I like to do it. I also love cutting it together to give the emotions I want it to. So, firstly a bit of fun for me.
- I want to look back on our journey as we set out to make this film. This is a big project and something I've wanted to do for a long, long, long time. Like every big event, we would like to look back later and see how far we've come.
- I feel like vlogging opens me up to a wider audience. I want people to know me a little better. Even people who think they know me really well, might find something new or different in these vlogs. I have always found it easier to do this - explain myself through songs, stories and video, rather than open up to a roomful of people. It's just the way I'm built.
So here is our first week of vlogging: In which, Barclays and KLM fight over my money, a woman watches me from her car and I practise pitching! 3 Weeks to Christmas...Enjoy!