Just over a year ago, I launched a This is True video series. There were some things I really liked about those videos, but there were quite a few things I didn’t like about them too. Only five were produced.
What didn’t I like about them? First, they were too long; people weren’t sitting through them. The “theme song” that was so catchy the first time got really, really old after awhile. They were quite time-consuming and expensive to produce, so we didn’t do many of them, and the time in between episodes kept getting longer.
But worst of all: I wasn’t in them. They were produced in Denver, a good five-hour drive from my house in rural Western Colorado, and I wasn’t going to drive over every week to shoot five minutes of video. The production house didn’t want me sending video over, either. We were at an impasse …which is why I decided to stop production.
The number-one “complaint” (read: constructive criticism) I got from readers is they wanted me to do the stories, even though the gal we hired was quite pretty, and did a good job reading the stories.
What irritated me, though, was when people would say, “Hey! Katie’s comment on that story was RIGHT ON!” Grr! That wasn’t “Katie’s” comment, it was mine. People didn’t quite grasp that someone else wrote the stories, even though my name was all over it. Surely if they were my stories, I would be reading them, right? Well, that’s why I knew I had to take over doing the videos; I brought them home from Denver. And now that I have a good and stable assistant, we can do them in-house.
So I’m thrilled to finally get back into production on True videos.
Those who really pay attention might note that I have finally secured the “ThisIsTrue” channel on YouTube. Someone had squatted my trademark there, and it took quite some time to get YouTube to do anything about it. So now the RandyCassingham channel will be “personal” videos, such as last month’s bus plunge exercise; the ThisIsTrue channel will be True videos.