There is no such thing as a limit when trying to express yourself creatively.
For me, filmmaking is my creative outlet to show people what I am capable of.
I have involved myself in the world of content creation for the past eight years, and each year I learn more and more about what is possible and what I can create. Video is my primary content of choice, and in today’s age of streaming and widespread internet use, all of my content is digital and therefore highly accessible to anyone around the world. Throughout the first five years of my journey through content creation, I focused on uploading YouTube videos about video games. I went from filming my television screen to recording footage on a capture card, and I’d edit all of my videos together using iMovie. After those first five years, I entered college, gained access to some new video editing software, and my knowledge of filmmaking and video creation grew exponentially.
As I create more and more videos, there comes a point where I have to make a decision on what content I choose to keep and what content I choose to throw away. My process towards keeping or throwing away my content comes down to three factors: if it’s being shared, how large the file size is, and if I’m going to need it again. For example, if I am making a gaming video that’s being published to YouTube, I will most likely delete the file from my computer once it’s done uploading because the video will remain on my YouTube channel and I can download it to my computer if I ever need it, removing the purpose for keeping it on the computer. If a video I make ends up being too large, I will try to make a compressed version of the video so I can still have it without taking up as much storage. I also choose to keep videos on my computer if I ever feel like I’ll need them again.
That last sentence ties well into a problem I have that I try to ignore, but will increasingly become more aware of as I make more films and videos: I am hoarding my content. There is a huge part of me that hates to see content get deleted because I know how long I’ve worked on it, and if it’s gone forever then I may feel as if I wasted my time making it. As I start to run out of storage space to place my files, I have recognized this problem and have started deleting videos that no longer matter to me. I ultimately have to choose for how long my content is worth keeping, and when it is finally time to get rid of it. As an emerging filmmaker, a lot of the content I currently make is at an amateur level, and I believe I need as much content as possible to fill out a portfolio or a reel in order to show to potential employers. Of course, I only throw in a selection of content that I am most proud of, and of all the videos that do not make the cut, I either upload them to YouTube to save them or throw them away. Once I decide a video is no longer worth sharing to people, there is no point to keeping it anymore.
I have recently been more careful about my content and have taken active steps to organize all of it so I can find it much easier. My desktop is filled with folders and subfolders that hold my content, making it very easy to find what I need. I keep my favorite films and videos on my computer, and all other videos are housed in an external drive until they are no longer needed. As I create more and more videos, these folders will be absolutely crucial in saving my hours of searching in the long run. I also choose to name some of my files (specifically files that I download off the internet) in order to keep track of them and to make it easy to tell which file is which.
Videos are my content, and I am so thankful to have chosen this path, and to have the knowledge I do on how to make a decent film. As an amateur filmmaker, I feel like all of my content is worth keeping, but I know that in the long run I will need to make tough choices and get rid of some of my favorite projects in order to save space or to replace them with even better projects. I am a filmmaker and a YouTuber, but most importantly, I am a creator who enjoys seeing his creations have an impact on the poeple who see it.