Thursday, September 15, 2011

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I've gotta get serious.  That is what I said to myself in 1999.   I saw many creative efforts going on around me, and felt that I was wasting my life.  I had been shooting video for 10 years.  I was working on buying an s-vhs editor not realizing that computer technology (apple computers) had almost caught up with my needs.  So I began editing some video tapes of local music, mostly, that I called Svoboda.  The idea was to distribute them for free.  However, I envisioned people grabbing all the free vhs tapes to record the game, or whatever, so I sold them at minimal cost.  That business model isn't really successful.  I did this until 2002, producing one Svoboda video zine a year.  Mac computers were making the process simpler and cheaper.  I started putting videos on line on my site.  I even bought more space, which was expensive.  I had plans of putting Svoboda on DVD's, but mostly, I was hoping to put my videos online.  Then, in 2005, youTube came along.  I was doing everything I wanted, but I didn't feel like I was putting much of an effort in documenting the local creative scene.  My work tasked me with covering the art beat.  In 2008, the economy went kaput, and I could see the possibility of not having any work at all.  I was doing a poor job with my beat.  I also have been very interested in livestreaming and tapping into all new media formats as a way to the future.  So, in 2009, I put Svoboda online as a multi-media blog in the form of  It was slow going in the beginning.  I charged in with enthusiasm, learning along the way.  My first blog was more of a mission statement, mainly to myself, explaining what I had hoped to do.  I put it out on my day off, Thursday, 17 September, 2009.
Wednesday 16 September 2009
The first time I actually tried to cover a story, I wanted to do it on the cheap and easy, with a T1i camera, which doesn't do video super well...

Friday 25 September 2009
I try to figure out what works.  For awhile, I got discouraged and even gave up this blog.  Then, I realized that I do this for my own purposes and the things that discourage me don't even matter.  I started with my videos by attempting to do full on natural sound packages, but, found I didn't have the time to do them well and that it took me too long to make them.  They are the exception rather than the rule.
As time is always a crunch, and I endeavor to get things done as quickly as I can, I took the vo/sot format, and customised it for the internets in what I call an SVO, or, sound with video over.  It is basically people saying in their own words what they are doing, cut down to a minute covered with video.
I've done some livestreaming events and plan to do more in the future.

Watch live video from Code Black on Justin.tvWhile stormchasing, I've noticed a lot of interesting things in my travels that I have to come back to.  I have been taking daytrips since the 1980's.  This blog has been giving me an excuse to get out and see what is out there.
This weekend happens to be the opening weekend for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  While I am excited about the opening, and may try to make it there for the open house, I don't plan on doing any special coverage for it.  It is not that I don't think it is an important story, it is just that I find many other media outlets have this one well covered, and I tend to specialize in the not so well known. That has been my goal -- to document the events and history in our local area in the creative scene, and to let it be told as much as possible by the people who are involved.  I have learned a lot, and I hope that the growing numbers of people who visit my blog every day find it interesting too.



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