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Growing Martina’s Miniature Garden

March 12, 2019

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So, I’m going to start off this post with all of the anxieties I’ve got for this video. Loads of them. Can I start? Here goes:

We really like shooting videos like this. It’s so pleasant and stress free. Our usual videos require research and a lot of thinking and planning. We don’t want to share false information, and do our best to be as thorough as we can before we post. For our last video, though, the Day in a Life in Tokyo, we just shot what our lives are like, and most of you seemed to really like it. I wish we could shoot more videos like that, but we’ve got so much that gets in our way:

  1. We don’t want to shoot videos like lazy vloggers. And that’s a harsh term, but I think you know what we mean. People just point the cameras at their face and walk around and blather. Their shots are boring and their talk is drivel. Shooting a vlog like we did last week made me worry that we’d go that route. I really don’t want to go that route.
  2. Maybe people just liked last week’s video because it’s so different from what we usually do? And if we do too much of it people will get bored? I DON’T KNOW.
  3. What we do know, though, is that it was fun to shoot. We liked showing something different, and letting everyone know that our lives aren’t jam packed with excitement. We travel often, more than most people we know, but a lot of the time our lives are very mundane and chill. But there’s no pressure when we’re filming videos like this. We can be artsy and free, and shoot whatever inspires us at the moment without planning. I liked that. It just felt so freeing.

So, I hope you like the style of this video as well. BUT THE ANXIETIES AIN’T OVER YET! We shot this with an HDR profile on our cameras and the workflow for it was very different when editing and I’m suuuuuure I forgot a step in transcoding along the way. I hope it turns out to look ok. But as of writing this blog post we’re adding the last touches to our video and I have no clue if it’ll export alright. I like how it looks on the computer now, though, so that’s a good start!

Anyhow, the point is, we want to be able to show you some of the smaller parts of our lives during the weeks that we’re not going out and about. Some weeks we’re going to be a lot more chill. We’re getting older now, and don’t value the overwork and hustle of our earlier years as much as our efforts towards our emotional and mental wellbeing nowadays. That means more days at home, talking with each other, and enjoying smaller things in life, like going to a family restaurant, watching our friend snowboard, and buying cute little things for our gardens. I hope you still like these videos.

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  1. I love this! Who knows if we’ll get tired of it if you keep doing this chill style but for now, it’s lovely.

    2 months ago
  2. First time poster; long time lurker. I appreciate the amount of work that goes into your vlogs. They are fun, informative, and have heart. Or, something like that. I personally don’t like the nausea-inducing walks through Tokyo while the host drones on about random stuff. You put work into your videos and the effort shows through in the final product. I don’t watch for the sound effects, I watch for the content.

    We LOVE Nakano Broadway! My husband and son are huge fans of Godzilla and NB is the place to find the good toys. I also like looking at the adorable vintage robots and anime cells. (I’m a Voltron / Robotech fan)

    My son wants to create an eBay empire by reselling genuine Japanese Godzilla merchandise so, we will be making a Nakano an important stop on this year’s Tokyo trip in June.

    Oh, I will be traveling with a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies…

    2 months ago
  3. Guise! Don’t feel self-conscious! Don’t feel lazy for not putting MGM Studios production values into every video! I know that you put a lot of effort into your videos (in planning, shooting, scripting, and editing) and I’m not saying to be lazy, but…..you’ve got this. After this many years, it’s obvious that it’s become somewhat second nature to you to narrate (perhaps to each other) what you’re doing and experiencing while filming and that’s the heart of the type of videos you usually do. Don’t feel that you have to keep pushing the limits of good story-telling all the time, rest on your laurels once in a while, you deserve it :3 the videos will still be awesome and, when in doubt, edit in some 80s music and cute effects XD The quality looked high to me, even Dan’s part on the phone XD. However, I would have really liked it if you could have shown the actual footage from him as well, that looked like so much fun. This video had soooooo much more in it than I expected, it was like a gift that just kept on giving little gems of positivity and kawaii. I’m not in to Pokemon myself, but it was cool to see all the other swag in the shops. Even just the faint breeze of spring from your video give me hope as we might get the first winter-break-up-storm today. BTW, if you guys ever get tired of Red Death, you should try WarFrame. It’s Space Ninjas, free, made in Canada, and Martina, they have Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask/even Bunny skins as well as floofs……:3

    2 months ago
  4. I’m pretty sure many others share this opinion: I watch your videos for you two and for the interactions you have with each other. If all you want to do is “point the cameras at your faces and walk around and blather”, it will be watched and enjoyed immensely (as long as the walking around doesn’t cause you any pain, really).

    2 months ago