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Madisun's Arc - Reviews By Darth Marsden

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Hey guys. This is a list of all the videos I've made for my review series, Madisun's Arc. They do get better as I go along, honest! I primarily upload these to Blip, since that lets you preload the videos and, if you use AdBlocker, there's no adverts, but most of the videos also have YouTube mirrors for those who can't use Blip.

Anyway, enough rambling.

There was a great big list of all my videos here, but then - surprise surprise - the new site came along and turned all the YouTube links into actual videos. Around 30 of them.

I spent around 20 minutes trying to change them all over to the new link format, only for it to straight up not work. So now you just get the one link, to my Blip channel - http://blip.tv/chrismadisun

Screw this site. Screw it with a rusty freakin' chainsaw.

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  • So, you do video reviews now. Very good for you.

    I must admit, I'm curious as to how one would go about making these kinds of videos. Because I want to do so.

  • @StrongBrush1 said: So, you do video reviews now. Very good for you.

    I must admit, I'm curious as to how one would go about making these kinds of videos. Because I want to do so.

    If you have a Mac, video editing couldn't be easier. Even the basic iMovie is fairly intuitive and does most of the things you'd need, like splicing clips together placing various volume tracks, title, etc.

    With PC, all I know is that the Final cut series of programs is pretty good, but they're also really expensive.

  • Allow me to guide you through the process I do. I've developed this over the course of the three Librarian films, so it'll generally work for Movies or TV shows as opposed to games.

    First, watch the movie. Sounds simple enough. Don't take any real notes, just sit down and watch it. Form an opinion on it as you go, and remember anything that particularly bugs you so yo can come back to it later.

    Second, watch the movie again. This time, grab a pen and paper (or open Microsoft Word) and get ready to take notes. You'll be doing it a lot, so be prepared!
    Start the movie and any time a comment or point of interest comes up, pause it and jot it down. It doesn't have to be perfectly worded, it can be just a brief note, but write it down. Also, write down the time it happens in the film / show. Keep going until you've finished.

    Third, take these notes and turn it into a script. Here's a sample section from my still-in-progress script for Curse of the Judas Chalice, to give you a rough idea of what to go for:
    [Quote]Video _____ - (Gets up from floor, clambers over chair, looks at camera)
    Oh, hey guys. What time is it? …What DAY is it? Ugh. What was I..?

    (0:00:15)

    Video _____ - Oh, yeah. Right. Uh, I’m gonna need a minute, let’s do the recap thing.


    Audio _____ - Ah, great, thank you. Ahem. The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice is the third, and to date final, film in the Librarian series. While the first movie, Quest for the Spear, had a rushed opening act and an unlikable lead character, the second film, Return to King Solomon’s Mines, fixed these issues, if only to introduce a few new ones.


    Audio _____ - The second movie contained possibly the most unconvincing actress in the world – after Paris Hilton, anyway – and while Noah Wyle’s character is more likable, that’s because all his most annoying traits are transferred to her. The film also suffered from a lack of a credible villain, mostly because his motivation boiled down to him being a jealous little schoolgirl, and an odd attempt to make Noah Wyle even more destined for greatness, which seemed ill at odds with the character.

    Audio _____ - That said, it really was a better movie, with more time spent in one country, allowing for some amazing, if unoriginal, imagery, and it also had the most kick-ass character ever in the form of Jomo, who dominated every single scene he was in and single-handedly made the film three times more awesome.

    Video _____ - So, with two films down, we’re going for the hat-trick with Curse of the Judas Chalice. (Looks at camera) …what?

    Audio _____ - The film opens on…[/Quote]

    You'll notice I preface each section with either an Audio or a Video number. That'll come up later.

    Once you have your script, you have to record the video. Because my lighting is mostly reliant on the weather, I've learned to shoot all the live action stuff (the bits where you actually see me sitting in my comfy chair) first, and then record the voice-over stuff. You can shoot it however you like, it's just what works for me. This is why I've given the three different sections of the script - live video, voice-over and movie clips - different types of highlighting, so I can better tell them apart.

    Here's where the 'Video _____' text comes in. Each time I record a section, I jot down what number it'll be. If it's the first bit of video I record, I jot down the number 01 over the line. If it's the fifth, I write down 05. And so on.

    I do the voiceovers a little different. For that, I record it all in one big video section, just reading off the lines in the script and leaving pauses in between paragraphs. Then I take the video, rip the audio from it using Audacity and save each section as a different file. Audio 07, for example. And I write that down on the script as well.

    I don't do much with the audio in Audacity, just remove the background noise so there's not a faint hissing sound in the background. That's one of the many problems with my review of The Crow: City of Angels. I highly recommend you do this too, if your camera picks up a similar background buzzing.

    Anyway. Now you have your video sections, your audio sections and your film clips. Time to put them all together!

    I use VideoPad Video Editor (I got a good deal on it, don't ask how), but any decent video editing software will do. And since you know which clips match up with what's being said in the script (you did remember to write it down on the script, right?), putting it all together should be somewhat easier.

    Editing your video together takes AGES. It took me forever to put together my first review, and even my review of Solomon's Mines took me 10 + hours, all told, to put together in editing. But that's mostly because it was a long review, 25 minutes altogether. If your review is shorter, your editing time will be as well.

    Once you've spliced it altogether, all that's left is to give it a quick watch to make sure it's all still synced up (mine never are, and I honestly don't know how it happens), and then you're ready to convert it into an actual video!

    Once it's converted, you just need to upload it for the internet to see. I went with Blip.TV for a couple of reasons, but you can also use YouTube if your video is under 15 minutes (you'll need a mobile to unlock your YouTube account and allow you to upload longer videos. Guess who doesn't have one?).

    ...and once it's up, we can all enjoy it and give you feedback!

    Hope that helps. (And I hope everyone else enjoyed a little taste of how I start my next video!)

    Also, can anyone think of a worse actress than Paris Hilton? I couldn't think of anyone else myself, and she's just my default 'makes everything she touches worse' person, but I'm almost positive that there's a better punchline to that joke out there. Care to lend a hand finding it?

  • @Darth Marsden said: Allow me to guide you through the process I do. I've developed this over the course of the three Librarian films, so it'll generally work for Movies or TV shows as opposed to games.

    First, watch the movie. Sounds simple enough. Don't take any real notes, just sit down and watch it. Form an opinion on it as you go, and remember anything that particularly bugs you so yo can come back to it later.

    Second, watch the movie again. This time, grab a pen and paper (or open Microsoft Word) and get ready to take notes. You'll be doing it a lot, so be prepared!
    Start the movie and any time a comment or point of interest comes up, pause it and jot it down. It doesn't have to be perfectly worded, it can be just a brief note, but write it down. Also, write down the time it happens in the film / show. Keep going until you've finished.

    Third, take these notes and turn it into a script. Here's a sample section from my still-in-progress script for Curse of the Judas Chalice, to give you a rough idea of what to go for:


    You'll notice I preface each section with either an Audio or a Video number. That'll come up later.

    Once you have your script, you have to record the video. Because my lighting is mostly reliant on the weather, I've learned to shoot all the live action stuff (the bits where you actually see me sitting in my comfy chair) first, and then record the voice-over stuff. You can shoot it however you like, it's just what works for me. This is why I've given the three different sections of the script - live video, voice-over and movie clips - different types of highlighting, so I can better tell them apart.

    Here's where the 'Video _____' text comes in. Each time I record a section, I jot down what number it'll be. If it's the first bit of video I record, I jot down the number 01 over the line. If it's the fifth, I write down 05. And so on.

    I do the voiceovers a little different. For that, I record it all in one big video section, just reading off the lines in the script and leaving pauses in between paragraphs. Then I take the video, rip the audio from it using Audacity and save each section as a different file. Audio 07, for example. And I write that down on the script as well.

    I don't do much with the audio in Audacity, just remove the background noise so there's not a faint hissing sound in the background. That's one of the many problems with my review of The Crow: City of Angels. I highly recommend you do this too, if your camera picks up a similar background buzzing.

    Anyway. Now you have your video sections, your audio sections and your film clips. Time to put them all together!

    I use VideoPad Video Editor (I got a good deal on it, don't ask how), but any decent video editing software will do. And since you know which clips match up with what's being said in the script (you did remember to write it down on the script, right?), putting it all together should be somewhat easier.

    Editing your video together takes AGES. It took me forever to put together my first review, and even my review of Solomon's Mines took me 10 + hours, all told, to put together in editing. But that's mostly because it was a long review, 25 minutes altogether. If your review is shorter, your editing time will be as well.

    Once you've spliced it altogether, all that's left is to give it a quick watch to make sure it's all still synced up (mine never are, and I honestly don't know how it happens), and then you're ready to convert it into an actual video!

    Once it's converted, you just need to upload it for the internet to see. I went with Blip.TV for a couple of reasons, but you can also use YouTube if your video is under 15 minutes (you'll need a mobile to unlock your YouTube account and allow you to upload longer videos. Guess who doesn't have one?).

    ...and once it's up, we can all enjoy it and give you feedback!

    Hope that helps. (And I hope everyone else enjoyed a little taste of how I start my next video!)

    Also, can anyone think of a worse actress than Paris Hilton? I couldn't think of anyone else myself, and she's just my default 'makes everything she touches worse' person, but I'm almost positive that there's a better punchline to that joke out there. Care to lend a hand finding it?

    Thank you very much for the help.

    Also, Britney Spears in Crossroads. Think Paris Hilton was bad? She's Elizabeth Taylor compared to Britney's performance in this awful pile of pointless.

  • @StrongBrush1 said: Also, Britney Spears in Crossroads. Think Paris Hilton was bad? She's Elizabeth Taylor compared to Britney's performance in this awful pile of pointless.

    ...oh, that's perfect. Thank you! I guess it's true what they say - give and ye shall receive.

  • Paris Hilton already redeemed herself in Repo: The Genetic Opera in my opinion.

  • @Darth Marsden said: ...oh, that's perfect. Thank you! I guess it's true what they say - give and ye shall receive.

    You truly are the best.

  • @StrongBrush1 said: You truly are the best.

    Sig'd! I love it when people say awesome stuff about me. :D

  • @GaryCXJk said: Paris Hilton already redeemed herself in Repo: The Genetic Opera in my opinion.

    Didn't she get a Raspberry Award for that particular performance?

  • Which is even more ironic, considering those who like the movie (given, it's a very niche movie) actually thought that was one of her better performances.

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