So Google Docs is now Google Drive and I like it but it lacks the simplicity of Dropbox for me. The setup is simple and it mass downloads all the files I have uploaded to Google Docs. My big problem is that file storage means files and the files you create on the web side of Google Docs stay there. When you are in the Google Drive folder they are just links to that specific document in drive so you can’t edit them anywhere but there.
That means if I want to work on a document I started in Google Docs I need to go online download it into a .doc file to my computer which kind of defeats the purpose of the entire Drive concept. I don’t mind sharing my data with the cloud and even having the cloud be the primary repository for some files but if you are going to say sync really mean it so I can have a local copy available when I am not online or near a Wi-Fi point. I already use Google Cloud Connect which means files I create in Word are already synced to docs so they are not in the Drive folder which is fine I just don’t see why I can’t have a local copy in my preferred format.
With Dropbox anything I do on one computer syncs automatically to the others and while the overall storage capacity is less at least I have all the files not just a link to them. Would Google Drive make me stop using Dropbox, in a word no. They are not the same thing even though they have several parallels and at least with Dropbox I know the data is actually on my computer not just pretending.
I know this is just the first iteration but I hope they add the actually files to my drive folder pretty quickly. Here is what Google has to say about drive.
I saw Aaron Draplin from the Draplin Design Company talk at FITC Toronto this past week. It was a great talk, he was funny, it felt real and honest. I found another talk he did just weeks before and the keynote is similar enough and so is the content but it is pretty damn good that if you have not seen it you should at least once. Gotta say thanks to the I found Minneapolis College of Art and Design for putting the entire thing online, that is awesome. I may add to this post to give my own thoughts as someone who isn’t in design and what I thought things from that perspective.
I am trying to find a starting point to tell this story and the problem I have is that there are many ways to come into this narrative. In reality the bigger problem is finding the sweetspot that best introduces these characters to the audience. The pilot of Mad Men is a great example of a show that did it well. They picked smoking as the introductory client and the dichotomy between then and today because of that subject help to highlight the contrast between that era and today.
In a stand alone movie you have to tell a complete story that satisfies your audience but in a show you have the opportunity to layer different stories in because you have hours instead of minutes to tell the tale. What I am facing now is where that point of introduction is. I need to get all my ducks in order or at least enough of them to know the character of this story. Otherwise I risk it feeling incomplete to the audience and that does no one any good.
Since I am having trouble with that I am writing scenes I know have value even if they may not be used. I am doing this to start the process of writing these voices. They are inconsistent right now because I am still trying to know who these characters are myself.
Cheers to the story and the characters who I am telling it about. That’s the goal I am working towards.