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Meta: On The Rules Of Vidding
People get their... knots in a twist when others start talking about the rules of good writing and the rules of vidding. My problem is that whenever anyone opens their mouth to say 'rules', I hear: choices or guidelines. I cannot get too caught up in the debate (although I do find it educational, and at times amusing) because the discussion is... irrelevant (to me).

What am I talking about? Ex. the vidding rule that says: "No song longer than 3 minutes."

I have friends who watch vids and any song longer than 2 minutes makes them start talking and yawning. I also have friends who think an 8 min vid is just the right length to properly tell the entire LOTR saga. Me, it depends - on my mood, the fandom, the song , the vidder, how much sleep I had last night...

In response to several vidders these past weeks who have mused: "I know I should cut the song, but I won't. (stamp)." I say:

'Rules' are only guidelines to help us understand and predict the audiences reactions. Treating them as ..... well as rules that must/should be followed in every case is counter productive. Yes, there will be a portion of your audience that will respond better to a shorter song. And there will be a portion that will respond better to the uncut song. The key is picking your target audience and not trying to make a vid that fits everyone's taste - if you recall the Aesop fable that can cause you to end up in a silly place.

Regards, Morgan "Silly" Dawn


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cesperanza From: cesperanza Date: June 6th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. I mean--I'm with you; I read "rules" and think "generalities" or "suggestions"--and I don't mean generalities as an insult, either: in general, generalities are accurate! So like--I think, in general, a shorter song is better, and that being said, hi, I made "Day In The Life," so... (!) So use your brains! Understand the theory--too much repetition can bore--and then apply it--"but I am doing something different each time!" or "but this song is not repetitive" or whatever!
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: June 6th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
or even: "cool song. I was stoned when I made this vid. I think you;re gonna need to be stoned to watch it."
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