Side Projects: The Snow Cruiser

Since the 23rd of November 2012, when I uploaded a ‘Let’s Play’ (remember those?!) of Minecraft onto my YouTube channel as part of a class for my college course, it’s been a hobby (and now job) of mine to make videos on anything and everything. It’s actually amazing to me when I go back though all the video and filmmaking and editing I’ve done over the years and realise just how much I’ve picked up. Another think that always makes me think is that, if not for messing around and making videos in my spare time, I probably wouldn’t now have the job I do producing content for the distillery. The whole thing has really shown to me that you should really never think of a learning experience or even a hobby as a waste of time. It’s been a while since I’ve made much specifically for my channel just because I’ve been so busy, but this week I’ve been trying to burn through the time of in lieu I picked up while making the pre-orders video and I figured I should try and do a video project just for myself more than anything, for old times sake at least.

You can read my full article on the Snow Cruiser along with the photos and sources I used on my projects page. I actually wrote the script for this video well over two years ago, and it was a sort of a sequel to a series of videos I made in university for this channel called Seanachas that was, at the time, meant to be a ‘spin off’ channel for CGP-Grey or Vsauce style videos I wanted to make. I’d already compiled huge amounts of photos and archive videos on the cruiser and I thought I should just go for it and get the thing finally finished. At the time I wrote this I was still working at sea and burning through books on Antarctic history at a rate of 1 or 2 a month so my brain was bursting full of arctic facts to talk about. Generally though, more than just for fun and sharing a story with an audience, making these videos are a great way to really commit facts and figures to memory- a bit like keeping track of events and dates through a blog. This also gave me a chance to do something I’ve never done before- photo colouring! I took a black & white image of the cruiser and tried to do a bit of colourisation on it for the thumbnail It’s not perfect by any means but it was good fun and I’m definitely going to try that with more old photos I have in the future:

So that’s the snow cruiser project, one of my videos that I shelved long ago brought back form the dead, perhaps like the great snow cruiser will be in the future (I doubt it). It’ll be interesting to see how this video does as well, as a video like this may seem incredibly niche but they have a funny way of ticking away and accruing views over time. A quick glance at my channels show videos that consistently gather hundreds to thousands of views per month, from things such as videos on fallout easter eggs, old hifis and cameras, converting old GPO telephones or, most strangely, videos of our caravan arriving on Raasay! Youtube is content king when it comes to tracking down videos or channels on niche subjects, and that’s why I enjoy making these. Not only are they fun for me, but I also know there’s always an audience out there for them somewhere.

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