Ask the Vidder: ash48

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Title: Ask the Vidder: ash48
Interviewee: ash48
Date(s): March 29, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): vidding, fandom, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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ash48 was interviewed in 2009 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

Once I settle on a song the first thing I do is print out the lyrics. Check that what I think is being said, is actually the case, which it often isn’t! I then listen to the song over and over and picture what the vid may look like and start to get an idea of what clips I might be able to use.

I then open my vidding notebook and start to jot down ideas – brainstorming usually. I always try to make sure I know what the “focus” is going to be and ask myself “what do I want to say with this vid?” or “what do I want viewers to feel?”

The planning and notes usually go out the window though, once I actually start making it. But it gives me a starting point.
I love opening my editor to a blank timeline. I import the song, lay it down and then just sit there listening to it while I’m picture the vid. I then tend to experiment a bit to see if what I was picturing is going to work. I make a few initial clips and play around a bit. Unless it’s something like Who Are You which is the only vid I’ve made where I clipped ALL the footage before even beginning. And yes, that’s extraordinarily tedious and I never usually do it that way. The rest is just working at it. Clipping, importing, experimenting, etc. A vid can take any where from 3 hours (I’m too Sexy) to 40 hours , like the vid I’m currently working on. On average about 2-3 weeks or 5 to 20 hours.
About a week before I post a vid I get kinda excited. I enjoy the prospect of posting. But after I post it I get a bit nervous, though nothing like I used to. There’s no doubt it’s extremely rewarding when a vid is well received. On the flip side I tend to get pretty down on myself when it’s not. It’s something I’m working on because it’s not really worth the “post, posting blues” I get sometimes.