Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Bob Wassom has written a great article about our little project for disaboom.com. Disaboom is one of the premiere websites among the disabled community. AB's (Able Bodies) can go there too! Check out the article HERE! Thanks Bob! Thanks Disaboom!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've spent the majority of these past few weeks jumping between social engagements and video editing. 'Tis the season for post production it would seem. But cutting continues, with or without the wassail. As of right now (now being the writing of this post) we have approximately one month left before our extended deadline with the PVA. I'm a little nervous because there's still quite a bit to edit. Including graphics, audio and color correction. It's entirely possible that a version will be given to our Washington granters that contains a final visual edit, music and temporary graphics. I'm not sure that I alone will have time to complete color correction in time.
The editing has been tough given the fact that we are still selecting the songs and securing the music rights. Jeff has taken on this task, while I continue to cut and snip. The holidays have also hampered editing.
The immediate goal is to get the music, assemble the entire production and hand over a cut to our graphics and sound guys. Clarence! If you're up there, I hope you can put in a good word with out resident Zeitgeist and help us get this baby finished on time. I'm confident we'll get it done. I just wish there were more hours in the day to cut.
We also have one more shoot. GASP! Adaptive video game play. We've got a sip and puff controller that works really well (pictured above). This amazing, custom made device allows quadriplegics to play games without the use of their hands. It's great. We also have our talent lined up for the gaming shoot. This will be the final shoot of our production.
More to come as we ease on down, ease on down the Yellow Brick Road.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Last week, Jeff and I sent a 4-minute trailer to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. This is the first time our source of funding has seen any footage from the project. In retrospect, we probably should have sent them some clips sooner. The trailer turned out really well and the response back was overwhelmingly positive. So now we continue assembling "Continue" for its January 30th deadline.
I'm hoping to have the entire 22-minute cut assembled by the first week in January. This will involve taking some time off from my "real" job so that I can get into the zone. I wonder if editing is like professional cycling. I've been doing a lot of it and it certainly feels like a marathon. Maybe my heart size will increase as a result of all the time and labor, just like Lance Armstrong. Oh well, if not literally, certainly figuratively. Watching my peers engage in the activities that they love has certainly filled my heart with an overwhelming sense of emotion. Or maybe that's just a side effect of editing until 3:00 AM. It's so nice to know that life goes on despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I hope this project can demonstrate that to those who have just experienced a spinal cord injury.
More to come...