What equipment do you use?
When I film things I use a Canon Rebel T3i with a standard 18 - 55mm lens. I hate filming, so I don't do it very much, and I'm not an expert on cameras or lenses. For recording voiceover, I use an old USB microphone I got at Best Buy for $100 five years ago. I think it's called Producer USB. I like the sound of it. But it has a dent, which people comment on frequently and I could probably use a new one.
What editing software do you use?
I use Final Cut Pro X because Tony Zhou told me to. I hated it at first, being a devotee of FCP7, but it has really grown on me. It does everything I need it to do. I don't know how to use After Effects. All the animations in my videos are just creative uses of key-framing in FCP.
How do you avoid copyright claims on your videos?
I'm not really sure. Being a part of an MCN (Multi-Channel Network) seems to help. They give you a little more protection, or so I was told by Adam over at Your Movie Sucks. I've had plenty of Content ID claims on my videos, but only a few actual takedowns. When I appeal takedowns, they've always been reinstated within 10 days. I think having voiceover above almost every single moment of the video helps too. But to be honest, I've been very, very lucky and I don't know exactly why. There is a lot of communication between all the film analysis/review channels and we try to help one another out. What's important is that we're confident that what we do is Fair Use. We don't upload movies in full. We don't use films as b-roll in our videos. If we use a clip, we comment on it. That's Fair Use. We also know that won't stop assholes from coming after us, but we're on the right side of the law. It's good to be on the right side of the law if actual lawyers need to get involved.
It's Thursday and you haven't uploaded yet? Where is the video?
There are 52 Wednesdays in a year. Expect me to hit somewhere around 42 to 47 of them. Life is crazy and getting crazier, so I won't make the upload every Wednesday, but I'll make most of them. Sometimes, if I'm close, I'll upload Thursday. Sometimes I need more time on a particular video. Sometimes I'm burnt out and need a week off. My Patreon is set to charge per video, so you will never get charged for an off-week. My biggest priority at the show is quality. When it comes down to it, quality concerns will trump my commitment to weekly consistency, but I think I've been pretty good at keeping to a schedule all things considered.
Do you take requests?
Not really. I follow the train of my own weird enthusiasms. But I don't mind suggestions.
What's that song in your video?
Check the video description. It's in there. The only time I don't really specify is on film analysis videos because that music comes exclusively from that movie's soundtrack.
How long does it take you to make a video?
Depends. I tend to get trapped in this weekly cycle, so most of the work happens in the week before the video is released. I'm constantly reading and watching stuff, so ideas bounce around in my head for weeks or months, but once I pick something it's usually within 7 days of release. Ideating is the longest part of the process. Good ideas are hard to come by. The research proper (I've picked the topic, now I'm reading everything about it I can find from every different angle) takes me 2-3 days. The script usually takes me a day. Editing is the final step and that could last anywhere from 2 - 4 days depending on how much animated minutia I put in the video. I edit in long 10-12 hour marathons during which I usually forget to eat lunch. I record the end-screen the day before release, throw that at the end, then schedule out a post on Tuesday night for Wednesday 7am PST.