And here we are taking a look back at another old screen printing educational video by Catspit Productions. This is a favorite of mine because during the time that I made this video I was really still winging every aspect of the video making process form the subject to the actual demo in the video. These are the days I would be in the shop and have a moment to spare for video making. But I would do everything very spontaneously. Even the subject matter and demo in the video was based on what I was doing in the shop that day. On this day, I happened to be coating several screens for upcoming jobs and I decided to turn it into a video for YouTube.
Today I actually plan out my videos beforehand even though they are still not scripted. I like to do this because it really allows me to create a more effective educational video while packing in as much information as I can. But in the video called, “How To Screen Print: Prepping And Coating Screens”, you can totally see how improvised these videos were at the time. Here I set up a mock screen coating area in the middle of the shop in broad daylight. I had no way of including my YouTube audience in the actual screen coating set up that I used at the time due to limitations in lighting and warehouse space. I am very excited now because we are on the verge of building a completely new shop for printing and making videos but this time around I will have complete control of the environment and how or what may be done for a video.
When I watch this video I always laugh at the part where I almost drop the screen while I am coating it. Oh yea and the part where I get distracted by making the video and I don’t let the emulsion settle back into the scoop coater before pulling away from the screen. What a messy thing to do. I hate when I do that! But overall I think these minor mishaps actually add to the value of the educational video. Many people have commented how they are appreciative and impressed that I did not edit those parts out of the video. They often feel that it adds to the information being relayed in the video. It gives a sense of realness or makes you feel that your getting an inside look at the process complete with things that can go wrong.
This is one of those videos that I think I will remake when the new shop is up and running. I’d like to do this one over properly and show you more of how I actually do it in my own shop when I have several screens to coat at once. So stay tuned to the YouTube channel for more great screenprinting educational videos and expansions of existing videos.
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