November 12, 2004


As I said yesterday, I can now upload larger files to the blog via FTP, so I can share the documentary I worked on for the better part of a month for my production class. If you somehow missed the posts about this thing, just go through the October archives. I mentioned it practically every other day.

Anyway, this file is a Quicktime movie. I'm assuming everyone can view .mov files (UPDATE: It's now available as an MPEG as well!), but let me know if it doesn't work. Also, it's a lot lower in audio/video quality than the original, but I think I managed to salvage the essence of it.

A few notes before you watch: First of all, as I've mentioned before, the video is called "Against the Wind," and it's a seven minute documentary about local musician Gary Frenay. I was the editor for this, so all the transitions, titles, etc. were physically made by me, and I put the clips in their final order, although some of the ideas came from the other two group members. It took seven hours to make a rough cut, and another nine hours for the final cut. This stuff is not easy.

Also, the tape deck decided not to cooperate when I was dubbing this to Mini-DV, so the sound got cut off in a couple spots, mainly the part where Gary says, "...but then the first band that really went anywhere was..." The name of the band was "The Flashcubes," as the title indicates. That sound gap wasn't in the original.

Finally, I'm not going to explain the name of the "production company" (it's a long story, so let me know if you're truly interested, and I'll elaborate), but I did design the logo. That's all that really matters.

Now that I've bored you, check out the greatest documentary ever (give it time to load; it's a big file):

Against the Wind

If the .mov doesn't work for you, try this.

Critique/constructive criticism is welcome. At least one of you has to watch this. You won't regret it.

Really, you won't.

Posted by CD on November 12, 2004 05:04 PM
Category: TRF (TV, Radio, & Film)
Semi-Intelligent Comments

Some poor unfortunate windows users may have trouble with a .mov file.

Go to and get yourself a copy of Movie2MPEG. I guess you can probably figure out what it does.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at November 12, 2004 08:47 PM

I on the other hand had no trouble downloading and watching it and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The part at the end about the people who go to the same place and sit in front of a computer every day kind of stung a bit! Then I remembered that what I do in front of that computer all day is what I love to do, and that took out most of the sting.

Excellent work. I hope we get to see more in the future.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at November 12, 2004 08:57 PM

No Shirt, No Problems.... that means "no shoes" would be a problem?

And yes, now I'm sorta kinda interested in hearing how that became the name...

Posted by: Katherine at November 13, 2004 01:17 AM

Hey, now you can turn your Syracuse Live stuff into mpegs, too! I never got to see any of 'em since they were .wmv files.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 14, 2004 05:12 PM

Actually, I can't do that, since I don't have access to the digital versions. However, the episodes seem to be playing in Internet Explorer on my computer using the Windows Media for Mac plugin. It's never worked before, but I guess they changed something.

I'm still pressuring them to offer MPEGs, but they keep ignoring me.

Posted by: CD at November 14, 2004 05:57 PM
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