emkayReleasing the i58 movie. The story behind its creation (that many don't know about)
I absolutely loved the video, what's the story?
It's a bit of a long story, but there's a summary at the bottom too.
A few months before i58, the TFTV crew came up to me and ask if I will make the intro video and bumper videos for the event (the ones they play before and after breaks). I say yes - a few weeks later Dashner asks me "How confident are you in making a high quality video in 48 hours?". He suggests that if I'm able to, I should make a grand finals intro video using footage from the event earlier that weekend. I take on the task and ask for the weekend off of work.
i58 weekend comes around and the matches on Friday begin. I watch them during my classes, get home, and begin watching everything else throughout the night, keeping Twitch Clips of everything. I woke up at 8am for classes that day, and ended up staying up until 8am Saturday morning watching all the VODs and starting to record Day 1's clips.
I go to bed at ~8:30am and wake up at 3pm to a message from Dashner saying the project has been scrapped for reasons I won't disclose - however, he was not the bad guy...things just didn't line up.
That afternoon was the moment when I told myself that I'm going to finish recording everything from the weekend and see where it takes me. I mean, I've recorded a third of the tournament, have all the Twitch Clips for reference, and the weekend off of work, so why not? I had slept through all of Day 2's matches at this point, so I started watching them at about 3:30pm. I clipped and recorded every single match from Day 2 in one sitting, and got done at 3:55am... when Day 3 matches were starting at 4am. So naturally, I decided to stay up and watch Day 3's matches live and clip them with everyone else. I ended up staying up until 11pm on Sunday recording clips and gathering the STVs demos (thanks tsc/fiyahstorm/beta/etc).
I woke up on Monday morning, went to class, and then sorted through all the STVs and uploaded the pack you see on TFTV - I was really happy with how quickly I uploaded it, even if there are some small errors in there. Afterwards, I spent the next 3 weeks working on the editing, which included having to re-record a handful of clips and extra angles, re-doing a set of smooths at least 4 times, and making sure I got everyone's team name/alias right. Shoutouts to everyone in the TFTV slack who helped me there. After 3 weeks of hard work, I released the movie.
The last inspiring bit of the story was the timing of its release.
I had the news post ready to go and got the OK to put it on the frontpage. I had class in about 30 minutes at the time of the release, and I was planning to go to class expecting the thread to get a decent response, but nothing else. Sideshow was streaming and someone linked him the thread he started watching it live 5 minutes after the thread was made. I ended up tuning-in in time and watched his reactions and the reactions of his chat throughout the whole movie. They all loved it, lots of PogChamps, etc. - but the best part of it all was that I chose to be there (and be late for class, haha). Seeing Sideshow and his chat laugh at the ending funny bit with craters/self-dets, and praising me for the smooths that were made - that was what made the initial release so meaningful. Through the next few weeks, I got praise from all kinds of players from just about every region/country...includuing some of my editor idols, which was truly surreal.
The i58 movie and the amount of hours I put into was/is the highest point in my video editing career thus far - I gave it all the effort I had, and I believe it showed. My editing style fully was fleshed out, the smooths were absolutely perfect, and it motivated me to jump into real life photography/videography, which is insanely tough in my opinion. (@adverse_works on twitter/instagram if you care)
In short, I took i58 weekend off of work, ended up staying up 24 hours straight, sleeping for 8 hours, and then staying up another 30 hours straight for the beginnings of the i58 movie. Sorted through the STVs 2 days after the event, and then spent 3 weeks straight editing. The release of the movie was huge because Sideshow watched it live with his chat and everyone loved it. I then promptly left the TF2 scene knowing that I wouldn't have the time to do anything like this ever again. :(