In the process of making my movie, I have been having problem after problem. First of all, there was the issue of having no mic on my tablet. Amber suggested downloading Audacity and using an external mic. I found a free download of Audacity, but when I downloaded it, other programs that I didn’t want came with it. One of them said that my one-month old tablet had 672 critical errors. Audacity indeed! To make matters worse, using the borrowed mic and Audacity was such a pain. Once I realized that I was having trouble converting the Audacity files to the correct format, I thought, “Screw this!”
Based off of this experience, I thought that Mac was the way to go for video. I decided to borrow one of my school’s Macs.
By Friday, I had all the scripting written, and I recorded it all on Saturday morning. I wanted to be in the movie, which necessitated someone filming me. I couldn’t have someone do that until Saturday. Also, I wanted some old pictures of me. My sister had some, but I needed more. Unfortunately, the only other person who would have the pictures that I wanted was my mom. Alas, the only time that we both have off is Sunday. Moreover, she had plans on Sunday until 5pm. To make matters even worse, my mom felt the need to reminisce as we sifted through photo albums.
I didn’t get back to Champaign until about 9pm, but now, I had all the ingredients I needed to make my movie. (Sleep was not a big issue: Once I knew that my mom wasn’t available until 5pm, I took a long nap in the afternoon, so I wasn’t in the least bit sleepy.) All was going well until the power went out at 11pm. The battery in my Mac didn’t last too much longer than that. I was frantically trying to figure out how to save, and was baffled beyond belief. I relocated to my office at school, only to find that the work that I had done was gone.
At this point, my main concern was not working on the movie, but rather how to save. From what I gathered, iMovie was not registered on the Mac I was using. I tried to register it myself, but the computer was asking for information that I did not know. Not being able to save made me lose motivation to get any more work done, at least for the time being.
I got back home at about 3am. Shortly thereafter, the electricity came back on. In despair, I took another nap. I woke up at about 8am without an alarm. I had a terrible headache, but I put that down to my erratic sleeping schedule. It was not until I was in my car backing out of my driveway that I realized that I was really sick. Being stressed out about the movie and being out in the torrential rain on Sunday night and Monday morning are the likely culprits.
I wish that I would realize that, if I feel like I need to puke, I just need to do it and get it over with. Maybe it’s my stubbornness to refuse to admit to illness that holds me back. For some reason, I also seem to forget that I feel better afterwards.
I wasn’t feeling up to working on the movie, but I at least wanted to check on how to save. I emailed Andrew, one of our tech people at the school. He was helpful as always. Later, at 1pm, I decided to take the Mac to my sister’s house, as she is good with technology. It was not until 3pm that I finally figured out what was going on: The Mac resets itself every time it shuts down. With programs that have a save feature, this is not too much of a problem, provided you have a USB drive. For iMovie, however, you have to know where it auto-saves, and I finally found this location on Monday at 3pm.
So now, I think that I finally have all of the knowledge that I need to make my movie. I know exactly how I want the movie to look (pictures and video) and sound (voiceover and music). The task of putting all of these pieces together still seems daunting, though. I was expecting that feeling, but not to this degree. Moreover, the many setbacks that I have experienced seem to have sapped my motivation. At this point, I really don’t want to work on the movie. I don’t know if I’ll ever get done with it.