The Year Of Contests

February 25th, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment, Misc, Youtube | Comments Off

2010 was quite a year for contests. In November of 2009 I decided that I would join what I saw as an impressively large group on youtube that were focusing their videos on the subject of their efforts to lose wieght. Since at the time I weighed over 350 pounds and was getting desperate because nothing I did made any difference in losing weight. I decided that I would join this group of weight loss vloggers, if only for the added accountability it would give me.

It didn’t take me long to find out that there was an entire community of people doing this. Everybody was giving everybody else support and advice, sharing their successes and failures. It was really great. Even though I was having little to no success it was still one of the coolest things I ever became part of.

Then it happened. A contest was announced by ShayCarl, one of the most popular youtubers. He called the contest, “ShayLoss”. His slogan was “You’re not fat, you’ve just got some extra Shay on you”.

He announced it in the middle of December and the starting date was set for January 1, 2010. Because of his popularity he was able to reach thousands of people and many of them joined the contest. I decided to join as well because I thought that it would help me get the weight loss jump started.

While during the three months of the contest I didn’t lose very much weight and actually did a lot of “yo-yo-ing”, I still had a lot of fun with it. There were individual challenges within the contest. People would put up prizes ranging from cash to some pretty cool trophies (some of which were professional and others were home made), to workout dvd’s like Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred, the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Program, and a lot more extremely cool stuff.

It was during this time that I became a LOT more comfortable on camera and first started getting really serious about making videos. I kept up with my efforts to lose weight but I also spent a lot of time learning how to do all kinds of really cool visual effects, animation and more. I became a daily vlogger and most of the time I had a new video uploaded every day.

It didn’t take long before I started trying to make some brief skits. It was a challenge because I had to do everything, play all the parts and do it all on a zero budget.

Those videos were fun but I have to say that there was a lot about them that I didn’t care for. The sound sucked out loud for one thing. For another, because the computer I was doing this on was old and not *really* up to the job, I was rendering them at the minimum possible quality settings.

So now, a year later, I have been going over those old project files (yes, I kept quite a few of them) and remastering those skits. I’ve added titles and music. I’ve cleaned up the sound a LOT and most of all, thanks to the new computer I got last spring, I am rendering them at the highest quality settings I can.

The difference is like night and day.

Later today I will be uploading the remastered version of “The Troll”. This video is one of my favorites from those days. Not only because I had a lot of fun with it but also because it ended up being the basis for another one of those challenges within the contest. Everybody was challenged to make a video about their own personal Troll. There was a lot of creativity and fun all the way around.

I have to admit that I kinda hope that the remastered version will inspire some more of that fun. Heck, I might even issue the challenge myself this time.

Once the remastered video of The Troll is uploaded I’ll be embedding it in a post here so check back tomorrow and it’ll be here. OR you could check out my youtube channel, maybe even subscribe ‘eh?

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