Ask the Vidder: charmax

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Vidder: charmax
Interviewer: Supernatural Roundtable
Interviewee: charmax
Date(s): May 29, 2008
Medium: online
Fandom(s): vidding, fandom, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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charmax was interviewed in 2008 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

I started vidding in May 2003 which makes *counts fingers* 5 years. I started off just vidding Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I vidded those exclusively for the first couple of years and made a ton of vids (most of which are no longer available because I can’t bear to look at them myself anymore never mind foist them on an unsuspecting public.) When those shows finished I began to branch out into other fandoms to such an extent that I now consider myself a Multi-Fandom vidder with fingers in every pie going. I’ve never really rediscovered the all consuming passion I had for my first show and so I’ve never done more than four vids in any other single fandom. Supernatural is one of several shows that I am drawn to but it hasn’t devoured my soul the way it has some other vidders. There’s so much talent at work in this fandom that I feel hugely intimidated by it all.
I vid on a PC using Premiere Pro and After Effects with more than a little help from Photoshop. My early vids were made using windows movie maker and I still believe that you don’t need expensive software to make great vids (it can make life a bit less painful though.) All my recent projects were made using Premiere pro 1.5, After Effects 7 and Photoshop CS2. I’ve recently moved to Windows Vista and with that the CS3 suite, both are new experiences for me and I don’t claim to have any huge insights to share. I’m pretty sure the vidding differences will only be minor though . I wholeheartedly think a vidder should have a machine with as much poke as they can afford *pats hulking great new computer.*