Over the course of just 48 hours, Star Citizen and its community managed to bewitch me in a manner so substantial, that I have decided to try my hand at building a virtual career, centred around the game and its players. The career of a reporter, and possibly lore scholar, but one shan’t get too far ahead of themselves.
I do love using archaic expressions, so prepare accordingly.
This endeavour will act as a personal creative outlet, since I’m currently unemployed, bursting by the seams with the desire to create, and as it so happens, able to utilise most of the time in a day-night cycle, in whatever way I see fit. C-C-C-COMBO!
As far as technical matters are concerned, I’m more or less set for the time being. My rig is decent enough to allow the production of 1080p@60fps video. Recording is a different matter, however, since Star Citizen is rather demanding. It’s a good rule of thumb, that if your game has to run on low setting from the get go, you’re gonna have a bad time trying to record on top.
Speaking of hardware shortcomings, I’m already working on a roadmap for this little venture, and it does include rig improvements, among other enthusiastic goals, but under my current financial situation, those seem likely to be pushed back in the schedule. Everything in its time.
What I CAN focus on at this point, is my knowledge of the verse, which is why work has already started on a personal data repository, containing unnecessarily detailed records on alien races, large organisations, governments, religious movements and many more, down to the individual citizen level. Because that’s how I do things. Swinging for the fence.
To touch upon software, I’m exceedingly proficient with Photoshop and Illustrator, and by association Affinity Photo and Designer, so static graphics are locked. My skills in After Effects, Premiere and Audition however, could use some honing, so I would hope you can bare with me as I try out different elements, many of which won’t work.
Then again, I probably shouldn’t be asking this of you, given that I’m the one who has to earn your trust by providing quality content, since that is the most likely reason for you to ignore the silly voice filters and 3D text effects that are inevitably due your way.
The last thing I want to talk about in this improvised briefing, is the way in which I intend to produce videos. I’m a realist, who has long ago, come to terms with the fact that the face staring at the keyboard used to write this post, isn’t going to win a modelling contract any time soon, unless there’s an agency that works with people who look like they sleep under open windows in the winter. What I DO have going for me however, is a set of ideals, which will undoubtedly push content creation to the limit of my abilities. These will manifest in general design unity across platforms and media types, but in the beginning at least, won’t do squat about the output regularity. Just how it is. One small thing I can promise is that no video will come out, until I have compiled English closed captions, in support of those citizens that are hard of hearing… or hard of deciphering my egregious accent too. I try to be inclusive.
To wrap this up, as one of my idols, legendary stand up comedian George Carlin, might have said at the end of a blog post, had he ever had a blog, do proceed to have a not bad day, evening or night, depending on where you are in the world.
Oh, and I’m not averse to swearing too, so prepare accordingly.
P.S. here’s the already-embarrassing video that started it all.