MikeVideo is entertainment. MikeVideo is instructive. MikeVideo is art.

MikeVideo is one man's attempt to infuse and exercise another aspect of his creativity into practice. From the earliest moments I remember of watching movies, either in the theater or on television, I wanted to make them, too. Some of children of my generation with the same aspirations, would use Super 8 and later 16mm film to indulge their muse. Some, like Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, would get famous. I always liked the idea of photography, but never got into film production when young. My tool of choice was never film, but video. The first video tape machine I actually ever saw was in "television production" in high school at Rosemead High in Rosemead, CA in 1968. It was a full 1"tape model Betamax and probably weighed 200 pounds. The images were not perfect, they were in black and white, but I got to witness firsthand the beginnings of video editing, and this forever intrigued me. By the time the "home video" boom had begun in the 80s, I first dipped my fingers into the pools of video collecting, and then making. In 1981, RCA introduced the CED Videodisc player, and the initial offering of films available neared 100. First was the video player, which finally allowed me to begin collecting my favorite films on disc, as I collected LP records of my favorite music. In 1982 I got my first video tape machine, a Beta. It broke the second night I had it, so I traded it in for a VHS. The video camera was the third piece of the video puzzle I needed in order to be creative with the medium. I could watch and record my own favorite films, and edit my own collections. With the camera, I could shoot my own video. The combination of footage, edited together in such a way as to be entertaining and enlightening, was the idea behind the "MikeVideo" a new art form made possible by the advent of video.

The History of MikeVideo

I bought my first video camera in November of 1986. It was a video camera, not a camcorder. Although the camcorder had been invented, as with all technology, as soon as camcorders became available on the market, the first wave of cameras went on clearance. I purchased an RCA "docking VCR" at half price, and an RCA camera that could be hooked up to the transport mechanism of the VCR, which slid out of the machine. The two pieces cost about a thousand dollars, and that is when I first formulated the introduction of my own form of videotaped entertainment, the MikeVideo.

 Mike relaxes on the waterbed scant minutes after the video camera is turned on for the first time. Ca. 1986  

The MikeVideo form, however, predated the purchase of a camera. Ever since I started using videotape, I quickly began assembling little "movies" by intercutting scenes from a number of different films which had been recorded by the VCR. At the time when most people were trying to figure out  how to get the 12:00 to stop flashing on their VCR's, I had two VCR's and used them for editing, from one to the other.

The first MikeVideo I assembled from "found footage" has been lost for years. So I guess it is also the first "lost MikeVideo". I know I have it on one of my tapes, probably a Beta 1, which I can't play anymore, since my beta machine broke down in 1989. It was about 45 minutes long, and consisted of scenes from a number of films, intercut so that one scene commented on the other. The theme was violence in films, which was also a theme of "Showers and Slashers" which is perhaps the first MikeVideo using both intercut scenes and a videotaped introduction. Sadly, this, too, is on beta. The source tapes were always VHS, since both the VCR and camera were VHS. But I edited the completed tape to beta, which had better resolution. You can still find beta machines in working order, but I videotaped to the beta 1, or fastest speed, which disappeared from beta machines early on. Each video used scenes from other media, usually movies I had taped off television, mixed and mated, repeated, with overlaid music and dialogue. This was not a new exercise for me. I had been using audiotape, both cassette, reel to reel, and 8 track, to create and perform my own radio shows and music compilations for most of the 70s. Video added pictures. I even had an audio "experiment" in the prevideo days mating a hard rock music soundtrack to the dialogue and effects track of the 1931 "Dracula".

"Mike Video One" 1986 beta 1

The first "MikeVideo" I put together and labeled as such is called, simply "MikeVideo One". Although I can't view the work anymore, I doI remember it used among others, scenes intercut from an old movie called "An Angel on My Shoulder" and a television movie with Kurt Russell as Charles Whitman, the Texas Tower sniper. The scenes from these movies, when viewed out of sequence and mixed together, told a different story entirely. I could make one scene comment on another out of context. This idea for the MikeVideo form never faded from my mind, although the latest "internet movies" use my own photography and videography skills, and the "found footage" idea is one I never fully formulated.

"Showers and Slashers" 1986 beta 1

 Here Mike is seated before his video editing console in his bedroom in 1986 shortly after obtaining the video camera. 

"Showers and Slashers", which is the second "labeled" MikeVideo in the Beta format, featured footage from all the "teen slasher" films, including "Friday the 13th" and it's sequels. The slasher flick came of age in the early 80s with the release of John Carpenter's "Hallowe'en" and Sean Cunningham's "Friday the 13th." By 1986, there were three sequels to "Friday the 13th". In those movies, if a character had sex, they died terribly. "Showers and Slashers" used the "sex and death" scenario inherent in these films and belabored the conclusion using clips from the various slasher film. Of course the famous shower scene from "Psycho" is included, and I also threw in a few musical numbers for good measure. This was a pretty ambitious undertaking, and lasts about 90 minutes. If I couldn't get a desired "effect" with the tools I had at hand, which included three video recorders, as well as the camera, then I improvised. I used the camera, which I had only recently purchased, to film an epilogue where I addressed the "audience" for the intended films, admonishing them that if they had sex, they would certainly die. I know this one is on Beta 1, and I can easily locate the actual "movie", but watching it is impossible until I get a player.

Although the camera was to be a major part of the form I like to call the "MikeVideo", the original form was to have been very little filmed footage, but lots of "found footage". I had an idea to use a bunch of Brian DePalma films, a favorite director of mine at the time, and call the MikeVideo "DePalmaround" after his signature rotating camera shot. I started to list the scenes I would include, but gave up when I realized I didn't have as many DePalma films as I wanted. I guess my influence at this time would have been Chuck Workman, who has supplied the film clip segments at the Oscars for many years. He began his career on Saturday Night Live in the seventies. Workman has always been adept at the practice of intercutting movie and video clips, and his forte in the SNL days was to canvas a complete genre of film or a history subject in a minute or two, using "scenes" that would last mere seconds. My grand schemes never really gained fruition because I had a limited supply of "footage" from which to garner my clips. I didn't have the complete Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences film gallery from which to draw as Workman does when he makes the Oscar clips films.

By purchasing a video camera, which, since it was on clearance, didn't cost as much as it would if it were new, I would be able to shoot my own footage. Truth be told, I barely used the camera even after I got it. I did shoot "footage" from each place I moved to in 1987 and 1988, and took the camera to work at Target Stores, to make a video of the 25th anniversary, and for a Security department tape for new employees to watch. The Security video was actually made and edited. None of the footage that I filmed of my apartments ever made it into edited form, except for a few scattered moments which show up in "The Uncle Mike Story", but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I include a few shots culled from the hours (mostly boring) of footage I shot in November, 1986, and in April 1987 in the Video Capture Section of the MikeVideo website. . Every time I trained the camera on myself, in order to "record life" I would freeze up, and couldn't get creative with the tool. There was lots of "footage" recorded, and some images can be culled from these early videos, but most of it is useless both as video document and as art. I'm the first to admit it. Steven Spielberg had "directed" an 8mm war movie when he was 12. I bought my videocamera over ten years after his blockbuster "Jaws" came out. It was a wonderful experience seeing footage I shot on the television screen, and I thought I was composing creatively, but I was merely testing the waters. It's as if after I actually received the tool I needed in order to exercise creativity, the creativity fled. The tapes I call "raw footage" from the first two years of owning the camera are comprised mostly of endlessly zoomed images from my bedroom. I didn't get the battery (for mobile camerawork) until a few months after I got the camera itself. I still get an interesting reactionary feeling when viewing the video where my camera breaks through the "third wall" of my bedroom and I actually am free to walk around. The camera was very heavy, and the recording device, or tape transport, which was over one half of the VCR I used with the camera, had to be worn on my back in a backpack. The battery itself, when I did get it, weighed about 25 pounds. All loaded down, the rig was not what you might call portable. I had a tripod for setups, but the first day I owned the camera, I didn't even have this piece of equipment.

Acoustic artist Jim Zabel, now a respected musician, plays guitar in Mike's living room shortly after moving into the apartment in Hermosa Beach.

I seemed to have a thing for the zoom feature. Although I didn't try to make anyone dizzy, I did like shots where I would come in close or go wide on something which was framed by the lens. Since the "auto focus" feature would go crazy at times when close up footage was needed, I have a lot of fuzzy "takes" of my attempting to line up the same shot again and again. Looking back, I don't know that I ever thought I would "use" any of this footage, but like certain sections of the AllThingsMike website which are simmering waiting for their time for rebirth, the footage I shot on VHS with the camera exist as "raw footage" for some application, and sometimes I see something in one of the "videos" I have lost or forgotten about. I only wish I had made more footage in the early days outside, however because of the total camera rig's size and heft, I didn't take it outside that much.

 

"Back to Lomita"1987 (unfinished) VHS

In 1987 my roommate Jim and I moved to Lomita. Both of us had lived there together a few years earlier. I had an idea to make a MikeVideo called "Back to Lomita". There exists roughly three VHS tapes of footage for this project which never got made into a film. The footage is mostly static. I placed the camera in one place for an hour or so, and let it record. Nothing is exciting, and only a few of the "filmed segments" of my roommate and I interacting "verite" are worthwhile to view. The idea was that I would show the passage of time as the furniture and boxes are removed from the apartment and placed in another. I got bored three tapes in of shooting, and probably didn't record a lot of what should be in a finished film. Instead, I've got lots of rather static footage. At one point, my roommate says, "Everyone will notice that this video has no....action." While in the process of moving, I fianlly put the camera down and helped the moving men get the last of the boxes in the truck so we could get settled in Lomita at the Casablanca apartments.

 

"Sacked" 1987 VHS

Maybe with digital video, I will be able to salvage some scenes from my opus, "Back to Lomita", which was never finished. Once relocated to Lomita, the next two fully formulated MikeVideos were shot and assembled. Up till then, I was learning the ropes, as it were, and my creativity didn't assert itself till I lost my job at Target, and made "Sacked", which still exists on VHS, and incorporates videotaped "acted" footage, inserted "found footage" from movies about people losing their jobs, like Modern Times, Best Years of Our Lives, Greatest Show on Earth, and Fade to Black, and is also the first to feature my logo.

"Sacked" Mike narrates the sad story of being fired from his management position at Target stores in 1987.

"Sacked" is from 1987. In one year, I actually had three edited "MikeVideo" entertainments. I spent a lot of time with the hobby. I was pleased with the results. I began to be known by my friends and the people at work as "MikeVideo". This was a full three years before "America's Funniest Home Videos" was a hit on television. The first "credit sequences" and "titles" were usually hand drawn or lettered and then filmed. For a long time, the original "Mike Video Presents" credit sequence was a rolled up poster that was rotated before the camera. Since it took a lot of time and effort to "set up" the camera, I usually had "camera days" where I would set up the camera on a tripod and leave the videotape running on record, while I and some friends would try to "interact" for the camera. As documents of "Sunday afternoon with Mike" these have interesting moments, but one would not call them professional video footage by any means. I had moved to Lomita with Jim Zabel, with whom I had shared numerous apartments in the South Bay. He "stars" in a segment of "Sacked" asking me why I don' look for a job.

"Kris Cleans Up" 1988 VHS

I didn't think Jim was a great housekeeper, and I am fairly anal retentive. One afternoon I decided to make a video about cleaning up the apartment. The result is "Kris Cleans Up" starring the stop motion antics of my stuffed dog "Kris Mutt" which I had received during Christmas 1987 at Target stores before I was fired. Kris admonishes Jim for leaving the apartment a mess, and he cleans it. As I was actually cleaning up, I would set up the "shots" and by the end of the day, I had about a six minute video, most of which is in stop motion animation.

In May of 1988 I and Jim Zabel went our separate ways. I was invited to share a large house with my friend Bob, whose mother had just passed away. Bob owned a couple of cats, and lived in a place which fell, rather quickly, into disarray. Bob and I shared the house with another room-mate, Mike Seal. We were single men in our thirties and forties and we called the house "the frat house" and the ever changing group of guys who "dropped by" to watch sports on Bob's bigscreen television, drink beer and smoke marijuana, "the Backyard Buddies." Bob was the "leader" of this group. We had backyard barbecues, Super Bowl parties, excursions to the drag races in Pomona twice a year, and each night had it's special "television show" which we all would watch on Bob's bigscreen. I had my own "suite" of two rooms, a "living room" and a "bedroom" which was actually a rather large bedroom split in two by my bookcases. I had my own television, my video editing machines, and my stereo in my own room. I was now working for a small electrical distributor ship in Long Beach, and didn't make as much money as I did in retail management. However, Bob only charged me a couple hundred dollars a month for rent, compared to the $500.00 I was paying sharing half the rent with Jim, so my financial situation was that even though I made far less, I had more money to spend.

I developed a passion for collecting both books about movies and laserdiscs in the late 80s. The laserdiscs supplanted my CED videodisc collection, as RCA had discontinued that format. I saw the Beta format die in 1988 and bought a lot of pre-viewed rentals at a major video rental chain when they offered them at clearance prices. My sister and I, though divided by half of the state of California, still kept in touch. She had introduced her daughter Cinnamon to my cartoon character "Arnold" when my niece was very young. In 1988 she was twelve, and had never seen her "Uncle Mike" in person. In order to alleviate this situation, and create another "MikeVideo" in the process, I started my most ambitious project up to that time.

Mike on his motorcycle in some footage eventually used in "The Uncle Mike Story".

"The Uncle Mike Story" 1988 VHS and beta

"The Uncle Mike Story" is an autobiographical documentary about a life filled with sexual freedom, drugs, and rampant hedonism, skillfully assembled and edited to be palatable to a 12 year old girl. I tell the story with lots of omissions, but touch base on most of the period of my life. I used old photographs, video footage, newpapers, magazines, recorded news footage, and new shots, to compile this video, which is the longest yet at about 90 minutes.

Even my friends who didn't like my "MikeVideos" admired the work which went into this endeavor. I spent about four months in "production". Although there are some dry spots near the end, I am still somewhat proud of "The Uncle Mike Story"

"This Old Camper" 1988 VHS

"This Old Camper" is a play on the "This Old House" television series on PBS. Mike Seal had a pickup and camper and I shot him removing the camper shell as a "how-to", or, rather, a "how-not-to" video. Most of this is uninteresting, but I was finding different "subjects" for my video movies. Also around this time, I had an idea for a video called "Tale of Two Cats" in which I would construct a story line around footage of Bob's two cats, Puss and Buzz. I shot a tape of "cat footage" but got nothing spectacular.

"Moviola Dance" 1988 VHS

"Moviola Dance " (1989 VHS-2007 digital) "Moviola Dance" ia a compilation of dance film clips accompanied by and manipulated to different music.After using the camera for the past few MikeVideos, I returned to the original form of clips compilations for "Moviola Dance". The MikeVideo features about a dozen musical segments. The video was assembled using the CAV feature (still, pause, reverse motion) of a laserdisc player as the input device. All editing was accomplished on Beta 1 and then the final version was output to VHS. I even "premiered" this little film at the place where I work. There was no original camera work in "Moviola Dance". As the title implies, the dance is the dance of the moviola, or editing machine. By "playing" the jog wheel of the laserdisc player, as the music played, I was able to "edit to the beat" on the fly. The results are rather interesting.I included a short passage from this 1988 video on this website as the first "archival" MikeVideo internet movie. "The Roxette Sequence fromMoviola Dance" was recreated as a windows media file.Click here to preview the "Roxette" sequence from "Moviola Dance" The segment I chose to spotlight contains footage of the high school dance sequence from the 1961 film "West Side Story" manipulated to the music of the hit single of the time, "Joyride" by the band Roxette. "Moviola Dance" includes other clips from movies like "Good News", "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Grand Prix". Most of the footage was from the CAV laserdisc I own of "That's Entertainment" itself a clips movie. In February of 2007 I re-edited the complete video from VHS captures, segmented into three parts. All stream from the "Moviola Dance" feature page and are also available for download.

"Another Day at Bob's" 1989 VHS

Bob never got over his mother's death. He wouldn't let us move the furniture in the living room, because this is how his mother had left the room. Bob "lived" in his bedroom, which had been enlarged, and allowed for a seating area around his bigscreen television set. Mike lived in Bob's mother's old bedroom. The other rooms in the house slowly fell into a state of disarray. I would clean my "suite" of rooms, but I worked full time. Bob, the "landlord", didn't have a job, and not much energy. He liked to sit in his bedroom and watch television. My next video project was a videotaped "visit" at Bob's house, called "Another Day at Bob's". I shot a lot of closeup footage of the rapidly disintegrating house and garden, and put the edited footage to the music of Supertramp.

"Judy Garland" 1989 VHS

By late 1989, I started to assemble "MikeVideo" "shows" which would include clips, footage I shot with the camera, and a "musical video" clip from an old movie. I made one complete "show" called "Judy Garland" because it features footage from her at three different phases of her career. I also assembled half of another "episode" of the "series". Now making the actual video was getting to be rather easy. I knew all the tricks of the trade till then.

In 1990 I stopped making MikeVideos for a period of almost a decade. I lived with Pat, my girlfriend, and her two children, for most of the early part of the 90s, and I gained Pat's interests during that time, forsaking much of my own. I didn't want to be editing and shooting video footage with children around, so the hobby disappeared until after the relationship with Pat ended. I also stopped collecting video movies and stopped going out to the movies. I still have my RCA video camera, and the docking VCR that served as it's tape transport. It still works, although I haven't used it in many years. The digital videocamera was invented in the late 90s, and I bought one of the first, a JVC, in late 1998. It was my Christmas present to myself that year. The digital camera captured images on a small tape about the size of a book of matches. In the early days, before the firewire digital connection, and when computers were a lot slower than they are now, it wasn't thought that home computers would eventually be able to store the large video files, and using the camera with a computer hadn't been thought about. Howerver, the S-VHS VCRs JVC manufactured for use with the camera, had all sorts of neat editing tricks. The first subject for the revived MikeVideo brand was to be a video of our company Christmas Party, which was being held on the Queen Mary that year.

"Company Christmas Party" 1999 VHS

The footage of people opening presents at the acutal luncheon gets to be a drain after a very short while, but the "interviews" I conducted with the employees and staff at work are fun. I also "premiered" this video at work, where it got quite a nice reception. It's about a half hour long, and includes an oral history of the company, with footage shot at work during the day before we left for the party. I "planned" a lot of the shots beforehand, so the actual videotaping was a breeze. Changing from the very heavy RCA camera of the 80s to the much smaller JVC digital camera, which has a foldout view screen was a dream. I made all kinds of plans for new "MikeVideos". I vowed to shoot and edit one "MikeVideo" a month throughout 1999.

"Sunday Drive" 1999 VHS

The first complete MikeVideo made after my vow to shoot and edit one video a month is "Sunday Drive" which was to be the first of a video series of "trips around town". Now I pretty much have accomplished with the digital stills I have on my Webshots Gallery what I set out to accomplish with this video series. The trip I take is around the Palos Verdes peninsula. The video lasts about 8 minutes. With "Company Christmas Party" and "Sunday Drive", the digital tapes are played through the camcorder, which is hooked up to a JVC VHS video tape recorder with a single "editing" controller, S-VHS connection for picture, and standard RCA plugs for stereo sound. I was able to select up to ten "scenes" with different start and stop points, on the digital tape, and then they were automatically "assembled" onto the VHS master tape, which is in S-VHS. Then, using another videotape deck, I could make "dupes" from the master. Gone were the days when I needed multiple tape decks, and lots of interim "assemblages". I could go direct from the digital tape to VHS, and employ the many digital transitions between segments that were included in the JVC camcorder's memory chips. Now the only thing left for me was imagination. I also began my website in 1999, and put a page on the site dedicated to "MikeVideo" production. I announced the projects in the works, and included photo stills from my next masterwork, which was shot on vacation on Nantucket island in September of 1999.

"Nantucket Holiday" 1999 VHS

The Brandt Point Lighthouse at break of day from the MikeVideo production "Nantucket Holiday" in 1999

In September of 1999 I traveled 3000 miles to meet my "internet sweetheart", Maria from Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts. I shipped my JVC editing VCR to the Bed and Breakfast where I would be staying for two weeks, and brought my new digital videocamera to the island with me. It turned out that the meeting with Maria didn't go as planned. She was not only not my soulmate, she was still married and living with her husband. So I used the rest of the vacation time to seriously shoot and edit "Nantucket Holiday", which I was able to edit digitally with the combination of the videocamera controlling the VCR through the editing cable. The video was essentially finished before I left the island. I even found myself shooting pickups and inserts late in the editing process to get certain footage I needed for the narration. The video is a "travel channel" type documentary, and features me as the on screen host and narrator. Up till now, this is the only time I've really featured my presence through the whole video. I never did overlay the music or some of the effects, so this is in fact an unfinished video, but I have duped off the master at least four times to give away to people who have seen it. Using the original footage from the digital tapes, I have begun constructing this hour long documentary travel movie as an "internet movie series" of 10 minute episodes. The first two went online in Dec. 2006.

"Selling Sex at the CES" 2001 (unfinished VHS) and "Selling Sex at the CES Preview" 2001 digital media (MPEG)

Every year from 1999 up until 2004, I, as a home theater enthusiast, spent three days in Las Vegas every January for the Consumer Electronics Show. I began to edit three years of footage shot in Vegas at the same time while attending the Software Dealers Trade Show, which showcased the XXX videos of the pornography industry. As a single male with no family or ties, I have been an unabashed fan of porn for years, and have quite a collection. I meet some of my favorite "stars" at these trade shows, and the public is encouraged to take pictures. In 2003, I was told by security personnel not to take video, only stills, unless I had press certification, so the footage I got at the earlier shows cannot be repeated. I have about a half hour on the master, which I never completed. The flow goes very well with what I have constructed, and this is the first MikeVideo I "announced" on the internet while I was making it, and I assembled a PG-13 rated "preview" which was on the internet for a long time (and which got lots of hits) for a long time until the video hosting service went out of business. The "preview" was the first "internet movie" assembled digitally from a video production computer program. I created the "Internet Movies" page on AllThingsMike to display both this and another video I cobbled together rather quickly from footage shot at the Huntington Library and Art Gallery in Pasadena. The Preview can now be seen on my YouTube site. I finally completed a digital version of "Selling Sex at the CES" in November 2006. Split into three 10 minute segments, the first two were quite a hit on my YouTube site until the titles were removed for inappropriate content. I am now offering the complete video as three high quality windows media files on the "Selling Sex at the CES" page.

"ArtViews" 2001 digital

This is a three minute video showcasing the artwork at the Huntington Gallery with music supplied courtesy of Franz Liszt. Since I saved it as a streaming media file in 2001, the video quality is atrocious. I recreated "ArtViews" in early 2007, utilizing some of this footage mixed with footage shot at the Getty in L.A. "ArtViews" now contains over 270 separate images and over 90 audio segments. The music track is a composite "mash up" of several classical tunes I call "Classical Mash."

"Beach Dreams" 2004 digital

This is the first video shot and edited with my Sony digital videocamera, purchased new the month I made this video. A day at the beach with MikeVideo. Shot during a particularly sunny weekend in early spring at Huntington , Seal, and Cabrillo Beaches in the South Bay, the images are edited to the beat of "Mr. Moto" an old surf tune performed by Zed57. Actually, this is "Beach Dreams 2" There was another, shorter "Beach Dreams" shot on an overcast day at Cabrillo Beach. I scrapped all of that footage, went back when the sun was brighter, and shot the Cabrillo footage which is in the present video. As the first video with the latest gear, I am extremely pleased with this one. It inspired me to go back to some old footage I thought would never make a finished video for my next project.

"Painted Desert Dreams" 2004 digital

(Summer 2004) With footage shot in the summer of 2000 in Arizona, MikeVideo captures the majesty of the southwest, with a tour of the painted desert edited to an original tune, "Latin-esk" by Jim Zabel and performed by Zed57. The footage sat unused till now, however I did create a small internet video in 2000 showcasing some of the shots, and at that time I figured I didn't really have enough good footage. You will notice a lot of transitions in this film, available online here, because a lot of the shots are just the camera pointed out the window of a moving truck, so not much that was taken was usable. During editing, I noticed I only touched half of the trip with this video. The other half, including The Petrified Forest and The Grand Canyon, will be showcased in the sequel, "Painted Desert Dreams II: The Grand Canyon" which hopefully I'll create sometime in early 2005.

"Renaissance Day Part 1" and "Renaissance Day Part 2" (Edited into two segments for YouTube) 2005 digital

This particular MikeVideo production has been existant in one form or another since I shot the first footage in 1999 at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Devore, California.

A still of the title card from the "Preview Edition" of "Renaissance Day" called "The Music of The Renaissance Pleasure Faire" which was featured on AllThingsMike in 2001.

This was one of my yearly "visits" but in 1999 I took the all important digital videocamera. Of course cameras are omnipresent nowadays, and in 99 it seemed there were more "players" than "tourists" in the "play" that is the Faire, so a lot of what I was able to capture looks as if it were footage shot for some Renaissance period movie.In May of 2004 I shot more footage at the Faire, including the joust, and I combined footage from both Faires for the "Renaissance Day" project. I had a "version" of the Faire video online for a while in 2001, when I created the internet "preview" called "The Music of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire". It was very interesting that I had captured so much period music being performed that there is virtually no added music tracks to the first video.The finished Internet movies, in two parts, feature Glenn Morgan, whose music is prominent in the first internet movie, but not credited. His music sums up the feeling I get when attending a Renaissance Faire, and makes excellent music for video transitions. A lot of the footage in the 2005 video is used exactly "as shot" on the tape, however, as this is a major part of the experience of attending. My intent, making the video, was to "bring the audience to the Faire" so that if a viewer has never attended one of these regional Faires, which are held all across the country at different times of the year, he will feel as if he has attended one by viewing the video.The Faire events concern a visit by the Queen of England to a country town, and this is the "plot" of the MikeVideo.

(Edit: March 2007) The following section is as I wrote it in 2005. So far, this year has seen an increased activity with videomaking, almost at the expense of all the other sections of the vast AllThingsMike website universe.My videos are found on my YouTube Channel, and some are stored on Google Video.Some high quality videos stream from the Feature Pages for the individual videos, including "Selling Sex at the CES" and "Nantucket Holiday".

The Future of MikeVideo 2005 and Beyond

The Future of MikeVideo will essentially create "my television station" on the web. Hopefully, the price for space on the web will decrease, so I can get more space to feature my ever expanding MikeVideo Universe. I think one of the things holding me back after producing "Painted Desert Dreams" last summer was the fact that I used up all the space on the AllThingsMike server, and to add any more media, or even web pages, was going to cost me more than the $250 plus dollars I already pay a year to keep AllThingsMike online. I have a dictum that anyone can create a digital video with high production values if they purchase a good video editing program and have some artistic tendencies. When I made "The Uncle Mike Story" in 1989, before the advent of digital video and streaming media, I had an idea that given enough photographs and video footage taken during a person's life, I could create a "video signature" of them for posterity. Never one to sacrifice art for commerce, I never followed up on this instinct. Nowadays, people with all those photos can make websites, internet movies, of DVD archives complete with music and narration. The neat thing about this advance in digital video composition is that most people are "digitally savvy" enough to learn how to operate and to master the program. I went through too many of these programs back in the day when it wasn't so easy. The future of personal video, like the future of personal websites, is limited only by the imagination and wherewithal of the webmaster and videographer creating the media. The fact is that there shouldn't be any limits, and for a lot of creative types, there aren't any limits.

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