“I love movies and video games and I’ve got a wacky sense of humour (think memes). Bringing all four of those things into my videos is crucial for me. For example, even if I am doing a movie review I might make a little nod to video games. To a degree, it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s unique and authentic to me or someone else, I will enjoy making it. Currently, I’m focusing on live streaming on Twitch, under the name RandyAndyLive, and making one Youtube video a week, as well as trying to hone my graphic design skills so I can freelance with it to some capacity next year. My ultimate goal is to bring something unique to an over-saturated market (movies and video games/pop culture).
View his videos produced during this year, along with his year-end interview below:
Andy attended the One-Year Programme in Cinematography for Content Creation programme in 2018.
When you started the Cinematography for Content Creation programme, what genre of video media were you interested in and has this shifted over the course of the year?
I was interested in making what I’m making now, but I wanted to try and branch out. That was the main drive behind my channel MusicClarity but I figured something like that was best suited for less frequent uploads and more time and money put into them. the channel I worked on for the majority of the year was me finding my own uniqueness in the field and now I am back on my main channel which is all about nerd culture but with more certainty on my branding. So it shifted for the purpose of bringing me back to where I always wanted to be I would say.
What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?
When it comes to subject-matter I always say something like “If it is good I will like it”. Granted I have my favourite franchises (Star Wars, Dragon ball, Lord of The Rings, Avatar: The Last Airbender and many more) but I will always watch something if it is really well made, especially if it is a once-off movie and not franchised. Examples of this include “Crazy Heart” or, “Saving Private Ryan”.
Pick three words/phrases that describe your approach to the medium?
Authentic, Wacky, Scheduled.
Why did you choose to study Cinematography and Content Creation?
I chose to study those two subjects as I’ve loved both since I can remember.
However, I wanted to be completely sure this programme was diverse in its’ offering. I wasn’t interested in a strictly-film course because of my love for games. I didn’t want to limit my options at all. I required the skills in video production, live-streaming, and graphic design so that I am equipped to deal with online video and its’ fast and loose, independent nature. I needed an all-rounder course where I could learn more than just using the camera. The business acumen and discipline that comes with the programme was also a huge attraction factor for me.
What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done during the programme?
My most noteworthy shoot was probably the short film I did this year. It really encapsulated the type of content I want to make despite not exactly being related to games and movies. The wacky comedy, obviously bad effects, scripting, and planning – it all amounted to a constructive experience. Usually, I’d plan my videos a bit, but this was the first in a while where I was sat for hours upon hours thinking up concepts and putting it to the page. The end result came with a few hitches and I believe it could’ve gone better, but considering the deadline constraints, I’m fairly happy with it. It really proved to me the benefits of having someone else film part of it (the outdoor section) and how to be really creative and budget-sensitive to shoot myself in more creative ways. Check out the short film below:
Who is your biggest videographic influence at the moment and how/why?
At the moment it would have to be Ranton. Vsauce’s angles and backgrounds are generally good and varied but Ranton influences me the most right now. I believe we’re quite similar. We both use memes a lot and he isn’t afraid to be his uncensored self. It is definitely what caused the shift you might see from my daredevil video to my attack on Titan season 3 video. I truly let my wackiness and my most unabridged self-show in that video. The same goes for my “Assassins Creed Odyssey” discussion. His post-production is stimulating from a creative perspective than the filming side usually. Overall Ranton just clicked with me because we are so similar from sense of humour to preferred editing style.
What has been your biggest misconception about videography and content creation as a practice?
I never fully appreciated the creative struggle of simply talking about movies or video games. You still need to be super creative, especially in the downtime of releases. I like to think I am a creative guy but there were times where, after a while, I would sit down and just for a day or two be racking my brain on what to make a video about.
Although, that misconception was necessary and great because I love being creative and this forced me to think and work harder than I expected to.
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?
How to be as unique as possible with my content and how to be confident in that. I entered the programme knowing I wanted to be a big part of the content I produce – specifically as a brand. However, I was always doubting myself and that translated into wishy-washy branding. By having a supportive, creative environment where speaking about things like personal branding and depiction, and experiencing the confidence others had in my ideas, I was taught to have more confidence in my ideas too and it kept me from regressing into doubt. For example, the branding on my Twitch page went through many, many changes and eventually, I ended up going back to more of my original ideas and just enhancing them a bit. I think Orms CTSP allowed for that kind of thinking space for myself. Obviously, this is only one of the things I’ve learned through the programme. I can also attest that the experience deepened my developed my understanding of skills I honed before the programme.
What advice would you give to anyone seriously considering applying for the course?
Only do it if you are really, really passionate about the field.
It is a lot of work to submit all the assignments on time (harder than you might think). You will only stick with the programme if you have a massive passion for online video production.
You will gain a huge amount of knowledge on the programme, but you will have to get your own creative processes going in your mind to truly reap the full benefits. I think the ability to generate original ideas is in big demand by corporates, if that is where you want to take your skills post-programme. I think they’d rather take a videographer with an amazing idea and good video skills than a videographer with boring ideas and amazing videography skills.
The last thing I would add is, don’t conform. For example, there is a trend at the moment of making everything look super cinematic. This part of the DSLR culture and it isn’t necessarily bad. But if it is not your thing, yet you see lots of students doing it – Don’t feel pressured to conform to that. Obviously, you still want your work to look good but do what suits your proposed outcomes.ANDY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL