Hi! My name is Alvin Motilla and I’m the author of VideoAuteur.com. :-)
I don’t know exactly why you want to know more about me. I’m not that important. ;-)
Anyway, since you’re here already, here I am with my daughter, Mariel…
Now, she’s with her mother, Jessica—my wife…
And here we are as a family. A day in our life. Quality time together…
You know what, it’s a question that’s a bit hard to answer. Because it will need some “soul-searching” on my part. :-) But I’ll try my best to answer it—as faithfully, and as briefly, as I can…
Do you ever feel like that you’re alone… like you’re different to others you’ve been with?
I’ve been with people and colleagues who pay so much attention to…
- gear specifications,
- what’s “latest” in the video production market,
- different “bells and whistles”,
- the war among “fanboys” of gear manufacturers,
- and so on.
And if you hang around with them, you’ll feel that it is this “mechanical” thing that consumes them. It’s their favorite topic.
They are people whose “vanity” you can smell, from the way they carry their gear and move.
It’s as if, their expensive stuff, makes them so great.
And if you happen to shoot beside them, in an event, you may get that snobbish look.
Guys who entered video business, even if they lacked real passion for making video presentations.
They just did it for “money”.
And if you’ll take a look at their work, they’re fond of using fancy effects, and unmotivated camera work, that add nothing to the video’s story.
Typical presentation looks like a slideshow of random images from a photo shoot. Often with music, and some flashy graphics, which they add to raise the “value” and the price of their video.
And you know what? I’ve seen individuals who are combinations of “Techno-centric”, “Swashbuckler”, and “Buck-chaser” attitudes. :-l And there are websites that seem to only cater to these folks.
I believe that…
- the human being behind the camera, and
- the human being who’ll watch the video,
… are far more important, than gear and technology. And they deserve greater attention, than machines.
I believe that, what defines you as a video creator, is your act of…
- showing up in the process of making videos, so that
- you experience the challenges of—making it engaging, and meaningful—to your human viewers.
… Not the tools that you happen to own and use.
I believe that, whether you want to make videos as a hobby, or as a way to earn money, you’ll do much better if you’re operating…
- from the stance of a communicator, than
- from the tinkering of a technician.
Perhaps, they also feel somewhat alone, in how they see the world… and how they see themselves compared to others.
But they’re NOT alone. There’s a place in the Web, that offers them a different conversation, that they may be looking for—the human side of video creation.
This place… I dedicate to them...
This place… I dedicate to YOU...
It talks to you about…
The videos you make, don’t have to be serious, heavy, or commercial. They can be fun, light, or personal as well. But all are meaningful to you, in their own special ways. :-)
My love affair with “motion picture” and “video creation” started when I was taking cinema, and TV production classes in college.
I fell in love with sample films that were shown to us. Great films from European, American, and Asian cinema.
My group mates and I made a documentary. I wrote the script for it. My first involvement in video production.
After college, I worked for a non-profit organization that did public service. I wrote scripts, shot documentaries, and oversaw the editing process…
To make sure our audience gets our messages clearly.
Of course, I had other jobs that had nothing to do with video production. But life is good! I still ended up with my passion for making videos…
For several years, I also worked as a corporate videographer and writer for our city government. You would see me in the field shooting community events…
… and local government activities.
Out of those materials, I wrote and produced video presentations. Both for internal corporate use, and for our local program at a cable television.
Time came when I had to leave government service. A new administration came in, and brought their own group of people to govern the city.
But I still do what I love to do—making videos for humans. Now, as a small freelancer.
I cover different events. From kid parties, to birthday celebrations, to debuts.
From reunions, to religious ceremonies, to weddings, even funerals. ;-)
I also do some music videos, corporate gigs and other paid projects that need customization.
I hope that Video Auteur keeps on helping you, in your own video creation “journey”.
That’s why I keep on thinking… planning… writing… and publishing articles that, hopefully, will matter to you.
Yes, I run and maintain this site, all by myself. :-)
But I’m not totally alone. I have a supportive family. And I have a great partner. Without my partner,…
- Video Auteur won’t be able to “go live”, and
- you and I won’t be able to have this “conversation”.
But here we are—in this very place of the Web. Fascinated with the connecting power of great videos.
P.S. If you have something to tell me, or ask about, click here.