Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I had finals week and didn't have access to a camera. Since I'm not in class any more I might not be able to post very often. I'm trying to post at least every other week.

A couple weeks back my friend Erin, myself, and couple other friends got some revenge. Erin's room got everything labeled with post it notes one night by her roommate. Everything was labeled from articles of clothing to pictures, furniture, even coins on the ground. In retaliations Erin bought 280 balloons to fill up her roommate's room. It was some of the most fun I've ever had.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Honest Opinions

For my final post in my videoblogging course I had to get out of my comfort zone. One of the things I was most afraid of is showing my friends. I have always been open and honest in my videoblogging and I felt like I needed to kick it up a notch. I figured that the best way to be completely open, conquer my fear, and get out of my comfort zone was to have some of my closest friends give their honest opnions of me. It's a weird self portrait that I'm technically not even in.

In creating this piece, I gave the camera to my friends that I'm closest to and see the most often. They had to sit in front of the camera and in a minute or less (nearly everyone went over in time) give their honest opinion of me, be it positive or negative. I asked them to simply say whatever they wanted about me. If it was either good or bad I would not mention what they said or be offended. So that I was unable to put any spin on this post I was not present when any of this was taped and didn't watch any footage until I started editing. Also as an added constraint I allowed myself only two hours to edit the footage, so that it would be even harder to put a spin on anything.

In editing all I did was watch each clip and take minor notes. I then just started piecing everything together. Nothing that was said is taken out of context and is in the sequential order of when it was said during the taping. I took the best lines and segments and put then together. I thinks its odd that prettyt much everyone chose to use the compliment sandwich.

I really enjoyed making this piece. It was nice to hear that my friends liked me but I got even more from this. It was a chance for my friends to tell me what I needed to hear but couldn't say to my face. After making this piece I feel a lot closer to my friends and greatly appreciate them.

thank you to all who were invovled in making this post possible.

Friday, December 01, 2006

I need some help with my final post for my class.

I've been toying around with this idea for some time now and I going to start executing it. This won't be my final post on All In The Gutter, just last one I'll be graded on.

This is where you come in.

I'm making a video of my friend's, family's, and peer's honest opinions of me. Hell, if you don't really know me, what are your impressions of me. It is a self portrait that I won't actually be shown in, just talked about. You can say whatever you want about me, if it's negative I PROMISE I will not be offended. I want honest opinions, be them positive or negative. Or just make something up, though I will prefer honest.

I will not be present when you say your piece and will not watch anything until I goto edit and I'm only giving myself 2 hours to edit so I can't spin what you say.

you can either meet up with me some time and shoot (I repeat I will not be present, I'll set up the camera and sound, then leave the room.) Or you can record yourself and email the clip to me. You can record yourself on a digital still camera with a video function, digtal video tape, what ever. Try to send me the clip in avi, mov, or mp4 format, these are my recommended formats but I can work around if it's in another format. Or you can send me an mp3 of you talking. I really don't care, I just need footage.

Say whatever you want about me in a minute or less or answer one or two of these questions in a minute or less. (If you go over a minute I don't care)

1. What do you like about me?
2. What do you hate about me?
3. What do you think I need to do more of?
4. What do I do that annoys you?
5. What do you think I'm good at?
6. What do you think I suck at and need to just stop?
7. What is your favorite memory of me?
8. What was the time I pissed you off the most?
etc etc etc

Please contact me as soon as possible, I need clips by 9pm Monday Dec 4th so that I can edit them together. I will not watch anything I'm sent till monday when I edit.

If you choose to record yourself please email me the clips at andrewhart24@gmail.com

I would really like it if I could get some help with this and will really appreicate it.

thank you
andrew hart