If you follow me, you know I've started shooting video every. single. day. I'm loving it, but I'm at that phase that I hit with my photography.
My content is derivative.
My videos aren't anything new.
My editing needs some work.
I struggled with this when I started photography, I would just take things I saw from others and make my own crappier version of it. Making my own voice in photography was hard, but eventually happened. My style in a nutshell = weird, way too dark, double exposure.
With video, finding my voice is going to be much harder. Or is it? My photography style doesn't necessarily translate to video, but I need to take pieces from it. When there are other vloggers out there who make really cool stuff, it's hard not to just straight out copy that. I have a style in other mediums, just not this one yet, so why not just adopt something I spent so much time working on?
My greatest fear is to be a copycat or a follower. I feel like I always come close if not arrive at that title when starting new stuff. This time however, I'm aware of it, and I'm cutting it off before it goes too far.
I've been surfing Youtube looking for other vloggers, and it's clear there's a borrowing (if not straightup stealing of other vloggers who are more successful) Borrowing is great, but if you are using the same music, shots, and exact same gear (as Casey Neistat perhaps) you're ultimately going to fail. I don't ever want to fall into that pit. I am Will Malone, there is only one of me and always will only be one of me.
Will Malone (photographer) had a voice, Will Malone (blogger) has a voice (grammatically incorrect ramblings), I would even argue that Will Malone (podcaster) even has somewhat of a voice. Now it's time for Will Malone (videographer) to get a voice.
Finding inspiration through consumption is hugely useful, but I've begun to find when it damages what you create. It's the ultimate problem with the internet, right? Instagram, Youtube, Vine, etc all suffers from a massive case of groupthink. Influencers rise, and all the content made works to look exactly like the influencers.
Originality has never been more important since art is now as trendy as ever.