Jenn No Climbing

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the un-fashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded video production blog

Okay, so that’s not exactly how Douglas Adams’ modern classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy starts but it’s where my inspiration does so that is where we will begin!

I’m writing this blog not because I am an expert at Great Feats of Video Excellence but quite the contrary. I’ve had a weird and embarrassing journey with video and as the media itself suggests, a lot of my weird embarrassment has, in fact, been documented along the way. I went to college for basic video production at a small school in the midwest where I found myself mostly goofing off with shopping carts, fake meth labs and ladders in a tangle of gaffing tape and left most of the REALLY nerdy, technical stuff like running XLR cables and white balancing up to the boys.

But a funny thing happened to me on the way to adulthood and I ended up winning a dream job with a local credit union as their Young & Free Spokesperson that required me to produce and edit my own videos, from start to finish, every single week for what ended up being over a year and a half. No, really, check it out here.

You bet your rhinestone butt buttons I learned how to set my disturbingly sexist hangup aside REAL fast to run my own XLR cables and white balance the HELL out of my sloppy-colored videos…and herein lie these and other great secrets from the stupid stuff I’ve done as I’ve learned why each detail in video is actually kind of important!

During this time I also realized that coherent, organized resources for beginners were actually pretty sparse. Whenever I had one of my (frequent) stupid questions Google and I would then have a Battle Royale to figure out the correct keywords for solving my problems with “export causing squiggly lines” and “why aren’t my uploads in HD?” Thus, I seek to fill this yawning void to save y’all some trouble now, ya hear?

If you want to come along for the ride now, hop on in, we’ll even open the hatchback for you.

And of course…

For those about to [REC.], we salute you!