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Interview with TV BINI

TV Bini is a creator of videos for cats, they attract hundreds of feline viewers around the world, they are designed to give your feline some fun when you are busy working on your computer…all you need is a second screen beside you :)

- We are most curious to find out about you, the creator of these beautiful videos…

My name is Bini. It’s actually a nickname I’ve had since I was a little girl. I’ve always had a close affinity to animals ever since I was a child—especially animals that are unwanted and put up for adoption.My hobbies started with photography and evolved to film and digital arts. I am self-taught and enjoy the learning and creative process.

- How did you start making videos for cats?

I adopted a kitten named Nicki when he was 3 months old.  He was a beautiful black kitten with a cute white spot under his neck. I’ve learned a lot from taking care of him. You see, Nicki was emotionally traumatised and needed special love and attention… and lots of patience. I had other cats growing up but Nicki was a special one. In the beginning, Nicki was very shy and fearful, and mistrustful of people. Over time he improved, however he was never able to fully recover from his past experiences. I was the only one he truly bonded with. What I noticed was that his real personality shined during my one-on-one playtime interactions with him. It’s so important that pet owners find time to play and provide stimulation for their pets (especially indoor cats).

‘I remember entertaining Nicki by moving the cursor
on the computer screen…’

- Taking from what you said, would you say that Nicki your first inspiration ?

It, probably was… Nicki and I were best friends for 12 years. He passed away years ago before the time of YouTube. I remember entertaining Nicki by moving the cursor on the computer screen and he loved this interaction.

Years later, I saw funny videos of cats playing iPad games or watching television and realized that videos are an additional playtime tool that provides the sights and sound stimulation for cats. Creating videos for cats was a natural fit for combining my love of cats and my interest in digital arts.

- What kind of scenery do you like to film - do you just go outside and start filming everything around?

I mostly film the bird and squirrel videos from my backyard using a Nikon DSLR camera. I also try to film from different locations during my travels such as the beach, zoos, and aquariums.

Watch Daisy Blue reaction to a mouse video A selection of TV BINI videos

- Bini, tell us, how do you manage to make such entertaining and professional looking videos?

For the video animations, I use a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator to create the characters and combine the animated sequence on a motion program. The final output is completed in Final Cut Pro.

‘I first hand sketch a mouse on paper…
final creation can take 1 or 2 days’

- How long does it take to make one video - do you come across any challenges you have to deal with?

The most challenging for me is the animation videos because each has to start with an inspiration. Once I have an idea of what I want to create (a mouse, for example), I first hand sketch a mouse on paper and digitise the final mouse image on the computer. I love the process but it does take some time. However, the actual time it takes from paper to final creation can take 1 or 2 days.

- How many videos have you already created?

I created my YouTube channel sometime around August 2014. Currently, I have about 100 videos. I still can’t believe that my TVBINI channel has almost 1.5 million views and close to 3000 subscribers. I had no expectation when I started that it would get this popular. I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful for the support of my subscribers and viewers. It is them, and especially the cats they love, that motivate me to continue to produce these videos.

- Which videos do you think are most popular?

LOL! It is so true that cats love mice because the most popular are the animated Catching Mice videos. And fish! Catching Koi Fish is also popular.

- Do you do videos yourself or do you have someone helping you?

I do the filming and animations myself. I’m so glad to have this as a hobby. I truly enjoy the creative process.

- Do you have a website? are you planning to sell your videos?

Yes. My website at www.tvbini.com has all the videos as well as original blog articles and other features including Furry Friends, which is a section where I feature cat reactions to my videos.

There have been many requests to offer the videos for sale as DVDs or digital downloads. I am considering making this option available in the future.

- Thank you very much, Bini for letting us to have an interview with you. I wish you all the best for future and looking forward to watching more videos!

YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2uMM4Kv-mX54GmUIWmhDg

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+Tvbinivideosforcats

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/TV-BINI-Videos-for-Cats/1649258242011457

Where can one watch  TV BINI videos Boris SugarPuffs Daisy Blue
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