“Never stop exploring the boundary of your imagination and the edge of opportunity: particularly when your future is found in an undefined map of opportunity!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
We are in uncertain territory : as I would often say, ‘we might not know where we are going but we are certainly making great time!”
With that in mind, there is a lot to unpack in this picture from a small project I took on in the home studio yesterday.
First off, for the technically inclined, I figured out how to integrate ‘widgets’ from the online gaming community into my online infrastructure – such as the online chat box you see here, as well as a alternating social media address banner at the top right. This has all kinds of potential for online shows in the future, since we know that more interaction is required due to collapsing attention spans – and I need to get further out there with social media in order to build my audience.
More important – I’ve got a new studio!
It’s actually not a new studio – it’s just a side studio in the main one that I can use for a different type of online story! That’s the box with me at lower left – and it’s actually located in a small section as seen with the white chair in the top left.
What’s up? I’ve been using a green screen setup with tremendous effect as you might have seen here – I can build a story that has context sensitive pictures, video and more. But I’ve been watching many other people in this online broadcasting community, and many of them have a style that features a close-in-shot with some type of cool backlit background.
I started thinking a few weeks ago that this might be a powerful delivery tool for short clips in which I might introduce a brief video I have on some topic of the day – an intro, play the video, give an extro. Short, sharp shocks of insight on managing, dealing and innovating within the crisis.
I knew I had some of what I needed – a leftover Web camera from my recent studio upgrade that would be decent enough quality for a close up (it wasn’t good for a long shot); some old Phillips Hue lights that I could use to change the background colour to fit the mood of a clip; an extra microphone; a few other things.
I sprung the idea on my wife at noon. You should feel some sympathy – her life has been defined in this marriage by constantly having to manage and tamp down the accelerated imagination of this constantly moving mind. But she agreed to help out, and we’ll continue with the project today.
But the early result? Outstanding!