So over the summer Kyle started getting into making videos. He takes cameras out of the library, films, and then edits it using a borrowed computer and software. He’s gotten a number of sideways looks and “Oh, yeahs?” when he’s told people that. I’ve had a number of people ask me what I think about it.
And, quite frankly, I think it’s quite spiffy. At the end of the day, Kyle spending his free time writing scripts, filming, and editing movies seems to me to be a better way to spend his time than playing video games. It’s creative, it’s proactive, it gets him thinking and interacting. He works, he goes to school, he goes to the AdLab, and he does his homework, why shouldn’t he have a hobby?
Yeah, maybe his videos aren’t always top quality, but they’re getting better. When you’re making an artistic endeavor, you generally start out pretty bad, but as you keep doing it you get better. I imagine that if he sticks with it for a few years, he’ll start having consistently better and better videos.
And if he sticks with it, he’ll have a repertoire of art that reflects who he was and what he made throughout his life. It will be a record of him, and that is a good thing.