So for some reason thirteen days ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to dilly dally any longer and got around to planning a podcast of my own. I’ve been playing with the idea for a while, but for some reason, the creative puzzle pieces just didn’t come together in my mind while I attempted to conceptualize it.
But then suddenly, they just sorta fell into place in my mind, and I set about getting folks to join up.
It’s Called TENtech
For the last week, I’ve been furiously designing sets, ordering replacement pieces for my home studio, and tapping out emails to my friends to get them to join in my endeavor.
Here’s the concept: I’m doing a daily tech news roundup. It’s five minutes of me re-capping the important tech stories of the day, followed by one or two segments from my friends going into greater depth on stories that matter to them.
Simple, but given that it’s the foundation that tens of thousands of local newscasts have used over the ages, one I think might work.
Here’s the first episode.
Now, my disclaimers on it:
- My green-screening was a bit rough, mostly because my green-screen was blue. This is one of the “crucial pieces of equipment” I’ve been waiting for over a week to arrive, but I just couldn’t see putting the show off another week because of it. It looks passable because I tried to make up with it in lighting and software hacks. This will look better in the future.
- I’m also working on some better slates for post-production. If you look at the first few episodes of Mashable Conversations and compare them to the latter episodes, you’ll see that the difference is night and day. This will do a lot for making it look more professional.
- The audio sucks in this, I know. I should have run more tests before hand, but the boom mike I had was turned off, and I didn’t really have time for a second take. Sean also noted afterward that his sound wasn’t all it could be, and he’s going to run some more tests to improve it for next week.
My wife said my delivery was a little stilted and dry. Everyone’s a critic. :-p
Other than that, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. What do you think?
Any feedback, positive, negative or neutral is appreciated.
PS: A special thanks go out to Sean, Steven and Pai. They’ve proactively contributed the most this past week to making this actually happen. I genuinely appreciate everyone involved, as they’re all doing it on the basis of how cool they either think I am or the project is, so everyone gets my kudos and appreciation.