Jul 182012

Yep, it’s been a while. But life got pretty busy for a while so the episode we filmed in mid April is just now getting publication. It was mostly edited for a while, but getting a new job, and the major work on the house sorta took priority. But fear not, we have 2 other episodes in the can; I just need to focus and get those edited and the series will continue. This episode introduces my co-host and fellow modeler Dan Salas AKA Funaka. I also got camera operators, Dave and Angel; so this should be a vast improvement over the first episode. There is still a bit of a learning curve so the episodes should be improving as we make more; and hopefully we’ll have subject matter to make more. Eventually, we would like to focus on specific techniques and possibly discuss the different methods of execution.

The episode length was halved in comparison to the first episode as an hour long episode is just too much work and just too long for folks to sit through. We’re doing episodes that are about 25 or so minutes long. Thie episode covers painting and most of the materials and techniques that we as a collective gunpla model building group use for gunpla model building. Do not hesitate to submit requests for episode topics or comments on how we can improve the series.

Mar 312012

In the past, I’ve done the quick video clips of techniques and had them posted on here, youtube, and over at ThoseGundamGuys. The videos were always rather raw as they were for the most part unedited and just short clips posted in flash at the beginning, then thrown onto youtube. I’ve also done several live panel presentations on the subject of gunpla building at various anime conventions and a few model shows. These were longer sessions of either one to two hours and afforded a different style to presenting the materials.

Since I’ve some free time of late; I started to explore the idea of using a video podcast to bridge the two ideas. I can still present learning materials, but in a long format style. This first episode is about 50 minutes in length. I go over a little bit of the basic building techniques and continue on to show a few modifications that I’ve been adding to my HGUC Dreissen project. Eventually, I plan on adding in a co-host and possibly doing a three camera shoot. I may also drop the length of the episodes to 30 minute chunks. But this all hinges on how well the first episode does and if I actually have an audience. It is an interesting learning curve for video production. Hopefully as I do this more, the process become much less tedious as I become more familiar with the editing software and learn more tricks and shortcuts.

The original video is made at 29 fps, 720 resolution and came out to a nice 11GB file. So the streaming version is considerably smaller and of lower quality. But for now, enjoy and please send me as much feedback as possible.

And for those that want to just download the file as opposed to streaming go here:
Gunpla Podcast Episode 1