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  1. Its going as well as I should have expected, but I will take some of the responsibility, as I am trying to wear more hats than I should, Taking on roles that I normally dont get involved with. I went from super bored to extremely busy and though I could try and respond to this site and keep everyone updated. But that is mistake one, as I only have time to scan the post and not really respond properly. Second is I should know not to engage negative post. But your advise is a good reminder that I need to focus on where it counts. So I am going to take it and say thanks as I should have done it sooner. As not having a crew to rely on is making me appreciate what many of them have done. As far as promoting the area, lets just say its not as high on the agenda as it was before, as it may have been well intended but not well received.
  2. I tried to do something that would have a positive impact and give back, as I planed to feature the area and give good exposure to local business for free. I also hoped that it would be a pleasant experience for those involved. I didn't ask for money or anything other than maybe advice or feed back, but like the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.
  3. Ok, well lets put our cards on the table, as I generally am filming everyday so i am not as free as some of you. But for those that keep questioning my experience, well its pretty good, along with 5 different awards, my work has been widely acknowledged, including meet and greets with the Priminister of Canada. So here are the pics to ponder, One From the MMA, One with Viva Fria, and the last is with the priminister. This is just a snippet, but now lets see what you guys have.
  4. I was told that this was important to let people feel involved, gain feed back and such as it was important to gage reactions, but every show I was on someone else did this step. Truthfully I had to admit when they gave us the data we tried to use it, but overall they also told me that dealing with the public is not something that most of them wanted to deal with. As for not knowing what a video engineer does, many of those guys wore may hats, but I had little involvement with them, they had nothing to do with my job. In Fact, outside of productions that were unionized, we didn't have them, so it left me wondering if they were really that needed, as most videographers take care of their own equipment. But here is the thing, feedback maybe an important step, but this site seems to be full of people over estimating their worth or have nothing better to do than take away from what others try to do. Because seriously outside of criticizing, you still haven't told us what exactly makes you an expert. But it just goes to show, people are all too willing to give criticism but unwilling to take it. So I am almost done the first episode and the help from this site has been pretty much from one or two people, the rest is just negative people spreading their own discontent on the world. So maybe its time to rethink if it is a helpful thing or not. Its a shame but not surprising.
  5. Well gringohombre if the subject matter is boring you, nothing is keeping you here. You are free to wonder other conversations and spread your wisdom there. AlanMexicalli, These "incoherant thoughts" are part of the feed back process. The idea is to try and explain the premise and hopefully get constructive comments to see if it resonates with people. Also, nothing personal, but I have been to way too many production meetings and not once was a video engineer involved. We had plenty of them on staff but were never included in the creative process. truth be told I had never asked what it was that you guys did, I just assumed it was color correction. Mostly because the unions had requirements that there were so many people, that half of them I still have no idea what they did.
  6. ok it seems that you are open to criticize others, well lets reverse these role, what is it that you have done that is beyond approach? Which shows did you produce that gives you so much credibility?
  7. Well one you might be a video engineer, which is great, but making a video technically correct, doesn't make it interesting, secondly I am going by many factors including how many times the video is watched, if it doesn't have a good amount of views, it has a problem. Video is an art and a science. lastly I didn't just focus on videos of Expats, I look at related material too, as that is how you determine demand for the content. If there is no potential then there is no point. There probably a ton of people out there making videos, so no I would not have seen them all, I just dont have that much patience or time. So I have faced a lot of skepticism but every show I worked on was successful, even when every one said it wouldn't. So to call it "total bunk" as a video engineer lacks validity as I was both the director or producer of the shows I worked on so it would have given me a better perspective on what works and doesn't.
  8. But maybe I should explain why I will do something different, as near the end of my days with the networks, I was mostly just teaching others on Filming and editing. The writing was on the wall as the networks felt I was too old, to expensive, and not politically correct enough to want to spread the message they wanted. Which I was actually fine with me as I really didn't see the need to inject topics like gender identity into shows that had nothing to do with that and making shows for the sake of exploiting topics like that wasn't something I was interested in anyway. But any way the story I told them was this. Years ago I was asked to sit in on a meeting for a new show that was being proposed, It was a sports fishing show that had made several pilots and no network would pick the show up. The premise was good but the networks didn't think it had what it needed to draw an audience. It had the same problem a lot of show maker hopefuls were making. That was they were making a show that appealed to them. So they hired people that were sport fishing enthusiasts. This might make sense on paper, but not in reality, as they focused to much on thing that made sense to them, but not to the average viewer. The show was also very boring if you were not a diehard fan. Unfortunately, this is still the biggest problem with the majority of Youtubers. They think what appeals to them appeals to everyone and end up with a very small and very niche audience. This is where I differ, as I realize the majority of the people dont really care what I like or think personally. They are more concerned about thing they can relate to and maybe see themselves doing or would like to thing they can do. So I have learn shows need to step outside of themselves and see what will appeal to the largest audience and attract people that may not be enthusiasts but are some what interested. Long story short, I agreed to help produce the pilot for the fishing show and it was picked up by 3 networks right away and ended up getting full reign of the show for 4 years. It was later bought out by another network and I was replaced as they though someone younger would make it better. It was cancelled after 2 episodes. There was more to this story but I wont get into many details, as the main take away is that I learned a lot about what a show needs to be successful and hope that experience will come through now.
  9. I would like to say this isn't the case but people watch what they either can relate to directly or see themselves doing. Which is why I think what I will be doing will be different than what is already on you tube, as There ae some that have very good production value and are informative, But are pretty much like the videos I see about computers. As I am not sure who they make the videos for? As the computers they show are way over priced and they all seem to go one about the RGB lights. I like computers, but I could care a less what lights are blinking and I doubt very much I would buy a computer in the $10k range. I just want one that works. Same with the videos about living in Mexico, as CNBC has one that is really well produced but it focuses on people that few can relate to, such as a high level lawyer that says she retired at 39. Others that have good production value focus on the cost of living, which is good, but its a small sampling and really doesn't explore what its like living here. The ones that try and do, have very low production value, filmed with an iPhone or something, and are mostly talking heads that become pretty much say the same and get boring pretty fast. Its like they are making a video for the sake of making a video. No real storytelling or relatable material. Now I wont go too deep on what I am planning as I firmly believe in the adage "under promise and over deliver" but I plan on bring both together and making it fun. That is story telling and production value.
  10. This was the original intent and I thank you for seeing it as that, but yes, I have gotten so much negative feed back that I am working with other groups that are more receptive. I wanted to promote this area and give it much needed and free advertising as I am sure it would have help a lot of locals. But one cant help being discouraged as the only feed back is from those that see it as some kind of threat to themselves. Here is the fact, if I go after advertising dollars and at some point I may if it does well enough, Those dollars will be coming from Canada and the US, as that where it will be shown. Plus if it goes on You Tube, They decide who the advertisers are. So who ever I feature will get free advertising.
  11. Hmm. I was starting to wonder , So thanks, as I was curious to find out if it was a thing, but I am also pretty sure it was not something that would actually relate to what I am doing. But things are coming along nicely, I have found a host that is an American/Mexican that has a military background and does well on camera. Also I think I have a compromise for all those concerned about more Canadians coming, as I have been talking to a developer in the southern area of Guadalajara that is more than open to having people buy there houses. The area is modern and nice, so I will let the people on this site that are so against having new comers, explain why the owners of this site (which is a realty company) dont need more Canadians buying their properties. Besides who would want free advertising anyway. Right? Also, I am changing up the filming schedule because the new host is not from the Chapala area and has limited time, so it will be a couple of months before we can get back.
  12. Yep, but this is where it will diverge from what's available, mainly the majority are just trying to sell something, or just make money in some way. I am not looking for fame or fortune or likes on youtube. The fact is I have been here for almost 2 years, most of my days had been under covid, so there has been a lot of doing nothing and I now realize for a person like me, doing nothing is the hardest thing I have ever done. So when I though, ok what the hell do I want to do with my time, this was suggested to me. First I thought, who the hell would watch it, but after watching a ton of videos on YouTube, Ok this does interest people. But The production value left a lot to be desired. The storylines are shallow and none go into great depth of what its actually like living here as an expat. So I figured why not, I have the experience and the equipment and the time. It was either that or get sucked into working with a friend that wants to do construction, I think? not really sure as most of the time I was talking to him he was trying to convince me that $20,000 pesos a month is good money. I am sure it is, but didn't have the heart to tell him that even though I was bored, I wasn't that bored. Plus, I am not sure I want to get this show beholden to any financial interests as that heavily influences what the show becomes about. As the last show I did under the Bell Canada media umbrella was nothing but towing the company line and it sucked the life out of the project. This will be my show where I am free to do what I want free from corporate interests. So if it works then great, if not, all good too.
  13. Ok great thanks, I googled it and got nothing, so it must be a local thing.
  14. Just a heads up, as here is the main reason for the show. I am less than 10 years to retirement, the last 5 years have had me wondering what retirement even going to be like or if it was even possible. To say it kept me up nights would be an understatement. everyone that I spoke with back home had the same concerns, as retirement in Canada is a problem for a lot of people. I got lucky in that I am married to a Mexican woman, before this I had no idea what Mexico was like and that life here was so affordable. Since getting here, my biggest worry is now gone, as retiring in Canada with my income was at best, a string of compromises, at worst, wishful thinking. Mexico has given my a chance to not only retire in comfort, but also lead a life I wanted and to travel more. Plus I can even retire early. As I have already entered into what can be considered semiretirement. People in Canada (maybe in the US) are desperate for retirement options and if I can show them that Mexico can solve a lot of their concerns, then why not. It is a solution that works for me and will work for a lot of other people. This is my audience, I think I can share my experiences, show them what life here is like and what they can expect if they decide its the right solution for them. This is the main premise of the show and it will appeal to thousands if not millions, as it will give them an understanding of what it will be like to retire here. Many may choose it, many wont, but a lot will watch. Which is the very reason people make videos.
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