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Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by Negativity, Mar 28, 2018.
Hello NMA, hope you are all doing well. This is the Entire history of Fallout. Enjoy.
Question, as someone who has read every Wikipedia article on Fallout, as well as watched most of the developers' GDC lectures on YouTube, will this video offer me anything? I got about 15 minutes in and I wasn't really hooked.
Haha if you've read absolutely everything then I'm not sure. Actually I wouldn't bother, you probably already know everything so it won't be as intriguing as it's meant to.
If you still want to engage that side of the audience, I'd suggest breaking up the script with some humor or unique analysis every so often. While the information was pretty accurate from what I saw (children did actually remain in the US release of Fallout), and the variety of visuals was good, the narration really begged to be interrupted by Tim Cain's talking head at certain points.
Honestly my biggest criticism is that this video doesn't really add anything to what's already available online and feels unnecessary.
Check out a video like this:
These guys write really good essays that are both informative and entertaining.
Edit: And just so you don't think you need a huge budget or a philosophy degree to write a good script.
Ah yes company man, I watch that guy a lot. I think it's just because i haven't done anything like this before. I mean it's an hour long, almost 4 days of editing, It's quite a task. I'll take your advice and improve my presentation for the next episode.
While we're on the topic, what do you thing I could include in a series like this? I had a few ideas for the next episode, such as the evolution of the SPECIAL system and Fallout Speed running.
Yeah, honestly like 90% of it is pacing the script to move quickly and adding some personal observations. That's why Company Man is good. Humor is also great, even if it's cheesy. I would try to keep videos as short as possible right now, only because the artificial limitation of something like "The History Of Fallout In 10 Minutes" forces you to write like that. Eventually you can graduate to longer videos once you figure out the pace that works for you.
I think both are viable options, it just depends on the execution. Notice how the Wisecrack video and the Company Man video both ask questions? Does Paranoia Have A Purpose? A Complete Disaster? These are hooks for the audience and provide a thesis for your essay. Examples could sound like 'The Evolution Of The SPECIAL System - A Change For The Better Or For The Worse?' or 'Fallout Speed Running - A Whole New Way To Play?' That way you can infuse some opinions into the facts. This is what people want to hear and will watch your videos for, even if they can read about the topic on Wikipedia. Your viewpoint is what's unique.
Ok I'll take all of this on board, I suppose this is a learning experience.
Cool. Please know I don't think your video was completely bad, and I'm not trying to beat you up. You showed enough potential for me to spend time trying to help you. You definitely don't need to focus on making your videos look or sound better than they already do right now. The music was appropriate and the visuals changed frequently enough to stay interesting. It was also informative, so your research was fine. The problem you ran into was writing, which is a very easy beginner mistake to make since it is the least obvious. It is also arguably the most important part of any video project. Look at a movie like Kevin Smith's Clerks for example. The acting isn't great, the thing was shot in black and white, and they had almost no budget. Yet, because of his excellent script, the film still succeeded.
Check out this article for some basic guidlines and you'll be killing it in no time.
Thanks man, I'll definitely take this all on board for my next video. I'll start writing it soon and I'll give all of those articles a read and keep them handy.
I look forward to seeing what you do next. Please feel free to message me here when you upload again or if you need any more advice.