Monday, April 20, 2015

The Lourve: Vlog and Commentary

In this video we go to the Lourve.

So this video was actually filmed before going up the Eiffel Tower, we did both things in one day. It was a busy day to say the least!

Once again I like that the video starts off with me asking what we're doing and Mike answering and then music plays. He doesn't answer with "going to the Lourve" but he gives a pretty darn accurate answer of "We're gonna stand around" which is totally what we did that day.

I filmed so much in the Lourve, which made editing this video a challenge. I wanted to keep every single clip, but it'd be over an hour if I did that. I love how the running joke of these videos seems to be about poor headless John the Baptist.

The Lourve was great, except... there were like a MILLION people there and I seriously hate crowds. Who likes them? Do people actually like crowds? Is that a thing? I get pretty dang cranky and panicky when there are a lot of people around. I was shooting this one painting and this one guy totally bumped into me without apologizing and took the picture right in front of me. I wanted to whack him over the head with my camera--I think you'll be pleased to hear that I resisted.

My favorite area was that large space with all the statues because hardly anyone was there. I felt so peaceful watching people sketch the sculptures. I literally could have hung out there all day.

Before I end this post I want to point out that this is the first vlog in which I actually tried to edit the clips to the beat of the music and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I also need to find different music to use for my videos. I'm starting to run out of songs on iMovie. Are there any other songs I can use that won't have copyright issues on YouTube? I'm very new at this, so I would love some advice.

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Going Up the Eiffel Tower: Vlog & Commentary

In this video I take you up the Eiffel Tower!

I love this video! Haha! Maybe because I crack myself up. For some reason, this video has the most views out of all my travel videos.

What I like most about this video is that it starts off with me asking my mom what we are doing, she answers, and then the music plays. That's how I want the rest of my videos to start with. I like the energy in this video!

But dang people! I really had to go pee and they didn't have a restroom at the very top of the Eiffel Tower. Shame. I nearly peed my pants. I thought it'd be funny if I filmed that.

I'm learning not to get attached to certain clips. If it doesn't work well with the overall story delete it! It's kind of like editing a book or learning not to be a hoarder. I love the editing process. It's probably my favorite part!

Ok, so the French pronounce the Eiffel Tower as the A-full Tower.
Thanks to my TimeHop App I remembered that Eiffel Tower recently had its 126 birthday and impressed our tour guide.

Me & my Momma. 

Such a great view! So lucky to go at sunset.

Have you ever gone up the Eiffel Tower? I highly recommend it, unless you are afraid of heights and get claustrophobic. The elevator that takes you to the way, way top is rather uncomfortable because it is small and they really cram you in there. While I was in there I thought about how the people crammed into cars on the train going to concentration camps had it way worse and it really freaked me out!

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Paris Day Two: Vlog and Commentary

Ok, so in this video I take you to see the Eiffel Tower by myself.

I had actually filmed a lot earlier that day, but I felt rushed and, in all honesty, I looked a little pissed off in the video, so I didn't use that footage. I've learned it's hard to vlog both with a group of people and by yourself. It's hard to vlog with a group because you have to keep up with their pace and filming by yourself is hard because you just feel like this major weirdo walking the streets and talking into a camera.

I was a little burnt out after filming this. Like I said, vlogging is hard, and exhausting. After filming a while, however, I felt more comfortable about filming. At the end of the day I was pleased with what I made.

Practice makes perfect--scratch that--perfect practice makes perfect! I will eventually get a hang of this people!

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Paris Trip: Day One Video & Commentary

Okie dokes!

In this video we go to Notre Dame for Easter and watch Mike lip sync rap lyrics at a fancy French restaurant.

So this video is a hundred times better than the first one thanks to my brother's wonderful tips. My brother would start off his critiques with, "I don't mean to be mean, but..." And I'd be like, "No, give me all the critiques you have! I want to make these videos good!"

Here were some of his tips:

  1. Trim the footage down as much as possible. 
  2. At first this video was 13 minutes long, but Drew wanted me to get it down 9 minutes. After this advice, I got addicted to trimming and editing and got it down to 7 minutes and 16 seconds. Overachiever. 
  3. Over-film. It's better having too much footage than not enough. You can always edit. 
  4. Add music. 
  5. Take out the parts where I laugh too much. (I'm aware of my laughing problem, but man as I edited through the footage I realized I laugh WAY MORE  than the average human being.) Drew told me the parts in the restaurant would be funnier if we cut my laughing parts out. But just keep in mind, while Mike was rapping and Mom came up with his gangster name... well, I was laughing my butt off. 
  6. Act confident and energetic. If you don't feel energetic the audience will know and feel the same. 
  7. Don't care what strangers think. You won't see them again. Plus, most of them don't understand what you're saying. 
Inside Notre Dame.

Me & Drew.

Me & the rest of my family. 

If you have any suggestions for how I can make these videos better I would love to hear them! 

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Paris Trip: First Time Vlogging


Sorry this is such a late post. We are ridiculously busy here at the Yancey/Culver-Truby household. Traveling, vlogging, editing videos, moving into a different place on the coast, and getting our messy house all cleaned up to sell is slightly exhausting.

Anyhow, you may have already seen the videos I put together of my trip (I still need to edit more of the London footage), but here is the first vlog I did with some added commentary.

This video is of Mike and I and later Drew driving up to Portland, flying to Salt Lake City, hanging out in the SLC airport, flying to Paris, and then finding our AirBNB.


  • Vlogging is hard. 
  • Just getting the camera out, turning it on, and like making sure everything is in focus as you lug your various belongings with you at the same time is hard. I don't know how other vloggers do it so easily. Guess like everything else in life it takes practice. 
  • Since this is the first time I ever vlogged while traveling this video is a little on the long side. Don't force yourself to watch the whole thing. 
  • It doesn't have music or any sound effects, so I personally find it boring. 
  • It's also hard to be entertaining when you feel and look tired. 
  • I was also shy filming around strangers, so I might have came across a little awkward. 
  • Also I filmed a lot with the camera below me not in front of my face for the reason above. 
  • I wish I filmed us looking for the AirBNB, but we were all pretty cranky (we'd all been up for over 24 hours) and my battery was low.
  • I also should have filmed us looking for Cindy at the airport. 
I will add the rest of the videos with commentary later.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

The Waiting Game


Last night I went to bed at 11:30pm and then woke up at about 3am. Ouch! Yeah, it physically hurt to open my eyes. Haha! But I'm running off of more energy than I expected, which is awesome and something I'm thankful for. 

So, a little update for you: Mike, Drew, and I are all currently red-eyed tired and slumping in our chairs at the moment. I'm typing this out on my laptop and they're doing various things on their phones. We've been in the airport for a little over six hours now and we have one more hour to wait until we board our flight to Paris, France! We've already had breakfast and lunch. I had a huge omelet with avocado, potatoes, buttered toast, and a glass of grapefruit juice for breakfast and a medium-sized Caribbean Passion Jamba Juice for lunch since I wasn't that hungry. Mike and Drew ate at my favorite restaurant in the SLC Airport: Cafe Rio. They were so kind to share a couple of bites with me. Drew had a yummy chicken burrito with this delicious green sauce poured over it and Mike had a scrumptious casadia with perfectly grilled chicken in it!

So, I did vlog this morning and have been vlogging! But I can't share it with you yet because it's only half our journey. I just edited it and was laughing at how tired I looked and some stuff I said that I'd already forgotten due to being so sleep deprived. It's a lot easier to vlog when you are on the move and more interesting to watch in my opinion. (At least I hope you find it interesting to watch.) I'm trying to be more considerate of what I tape to make the story of our journey more interesting--little things like driving to the airport, boarding the plan (I haven't actually done that yet, but I would like to do that as I board the plane to France), walking through the airport, and film when we take off and land. 

Sometimes I'm nervous to pull out the camera and start talking to it when there are others around (I don't want to seem completely insane), but sadly, we are such a phone dependent society that no one is really paying attention to me--they're staring down at their cellular devices instead. Also, I shouldn't care what they think. I mean, I probably won't ever be around them ever again, so like, what does it matter? Haha! It's just something that takes practice like I said in the previous post. 

Ok, I think that's about all I can say right now. I'm just chilling out listening to "Uptown Funk" on Spotify kind of bouncing in my seat to the beat. 

I'm excited to get caught up on my movies and reading on the plane. 

Hmm, let's see... is there anything else I should write here?
No, I don't think so, other than I hope everyone who started school again this week had a great week! Oh, and it's Good Friday today. 

What's everyone doing for Easter if you celebrate? And if you don't, what are you doing over the weekend? 

Ok, blog to you (and hopefully vlog) to you later! 


Pre-Paris Vlogging


I need to make this fast because it's the buttcrack of dawn and I need to head out the door soon.

Anyhow, I just wanted to write down that I am very excited about Paris tomorrow and that I also get to see my brother Drew. First we are flying to Salt Lake City, Utah and then off to Paris.

I practiced a little bit of my vlogging skills today and it felt weird. Like I filmed a lot of myself as I got errands done and it just felt weird. I feel more comfortable Snapchatting for some reason because it's on my iPhone. I'm assuming it's something you learn to feel comfortable with. Anyhow, I started feeling a little down on myself because it didn't look like the Shaytards or Jack's Gap who are two of my favorite vloggers (I was like: Dang it, if only I had cute children in my videos or a killer British accent then I'd be interesting, but I'm sure I can be interesting just being Amanda Yancey.), but hey, this is my first time doing something like this and it is going to take some time. I just have to keep reminding myself that. If you watch earlier videos of like the Shaytards they were nothing like they are now. So, I just want to remind you that whatever you want to do in life, it's ok if you suck at it at first because you will get better! Just keep being determined.

What you see in this video is just a sliver of what I actually filmed today.

Ok off to take a quick shower. Night!

Blog/Vlog to you later!