Script can be done pretty easily, 3-4 hours, then you could give feedback on it... the tricky parts are the audio and video editing.
I think NonZeroSum and I are of the same mind about the concern of over-promising. Video editing is hard and can take an unpredictable amount of time.
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It's possible, but I'm not very familiar with video editing and I can't guess on the time it would take to make (unlike a flyer). I'd hate to guess and then over-promise.
We plan to make some videos, but it could take a while to figure out. Might be a good future pledge level though! I'll post an update when I learn more about the pipeline.
I would also add that, I'm unsure of the efficacy of videos unless we could crank them out at a really consistent rate, like once a week to keep people engaged. Making a video once every couple months isn't good practice on youtube.
We'd probably want a once a week 15-30 minute long video.
If it's just a one-off video, I think a flyer would be more effective because that could be printed and handed out at events, left at vegan restaurants, etc. and probably reach a fair number of people over the years through more direct contact. It would only take the printing and shipping costs for ongoing efficacy.
If we can make regular videos, that would probably beat the impact of a flyer.
Red volunteered to do audio, and he did a great job in the intro, but I'm not sure if he could keep up with a demanding schedule like that. (Thoughts, Red?)
We could mix and match different voices depending on who has time for different videos... but to have a really reliable source we may need to have a backup plan to pay for voice acting... and that might be anything from $20 a video to $100 a video or more for a professional.
$80 a month isn't going to pay anybody's rent, so to have 100% reliable on-time work it would probably be toward the higher end.
It's pretty much consensus that I sound like a robot lecturer designed to put people to sleep... even if I did have a good setup.
I should probably do video editing because it's very time consuming, but I just don't know how long it would take.
Unfortunately, beyond $100-ish I can't keep working for $3-$5 an hour because it pushes into other stuff too much and I get into trouble
I have to do less of other things to find the time, so it might take up to $10 an hour to be viable for me (I'd normally make $20-ish when I take jobs doing something I don't like to do, of course I'd rather do this).
If I were to take a wild guess, I could maybe do it in ten hours. I don't think I could afford to promise that for less than $100.
It would take 3-4 hours to write a script, and that's a little more reliable a time guess than the video editing. Adding another $30 would make that reasonably reliable.
$130 for script + editing, then +$20 - $100 for voice acting... $150 - $230 per video is probably enough to make a pretty safe promise.
But to make it worth it and get a viable number of views coming in we'd need more regular updates.
4 a month would be $600 - $920.
I could set a new goal at $1000 to do videos, but that seems impossibly high right now. It's pretty uncomfortable to guess on it without having everything perfectly lined up, and having tested the production pipeline.
That said, I guess we could try one for $200 and see how it goes? Might learn something, although it'll probably be very late, I guess we can afford that to start out.
What do you guys think? Red? Margaret? NonZeroSum?