Originally Posted by Darth Marsden
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?