Five years ago, I started making fan videos! I first did it for my favourite show at the time, the BBC’s Silent Witness but when one of my favourite characters, Harry, left the show and then the next year they killed off Leo, I stopped watching… I then moved on to make some The Mentalist videos, I’ve made a few videos of Pierce Brosnan movies/TV series (because the ones out there I didn’t like so much, so I figured I had to make some myself) and I made The Lizzie Bennet Diaries videos. The last ones I made were a few Call the Midwife ones. I still plan on making a few more of those once the new series now airing on the BBC ends.
I post under the name of ‘Hannah’ on YouTube but have decided to add BoE (Book of Esther) behind the name, thus exposing my secret vidding life and linking it to this blog!
It is very time consuming preparing clips to be used in these videos, so I usually stuck to making videos of shows that didn’t have huge amounts of videos out there (The Mentalist excepted). I use an old Windows MovieMaker version to make the videos. The newer MovieMaker sucks and has far less editing possibilites than this old MovieMaker (that I keep on reinstalling on any new computer I get). As the program is old, it keeps on freezing, so I have to shut it down and start it up again often while making clips. I’m used to this editing tool, however, and, except for the freezing, it works fine enough for me. It is easy to use as it has just enough features to make things interesting but not enough features to confuse you. Perfect for an amateur such as me.
I never made Colin Firth or Richard Armitage videos, as there are some very good ones already out there that are much much better than mine ever can be and that feel almost definitive to me. I don’t feel I have much to add there, so I don’t spend my time making clips and then making the videos. However, if someone can point me in the direction of a ready-made Richard Armitage clips library, I will be very willing to try my hand at that as well… 😉
So anyway, long story short: I now have my latest addiction, the A Place To Call Home tv series, and I find there are very few fanvideos for this show. Almost all of them are only for the first series and I feel there just need to be more videos for the show out there! So, that’s my cue: I took on the time consuming task of making clips that I could use in a video of my own and have just finished the video. In case you’re interested, here it is (it’s only 2,5 minutes short):
So, here I am, I am ‘out’! Hannah on YouTube and Book of Esther are the same person!
I go through creative bursts: with the clips in place, I’ll make a few videos fairly quickly after each other and then there’s months and months of no activity at all. Oh, and a few words of warning: the videos I made are OK (the first ones were slideshows set to music!) but none of them are great and none have any fancy effects. Some videos are better than others but all of them are an outlet for my (romantic) obsessions… 🙂