A couple of weeks back the youngest’s little league team won the AA league championship and I actually managed to film most of it for posterity’s sake. Normally when I film something I promptly forget about it and it falls into the Lowder Film Archive abyss, which houses too many unlabeled tapes to count. This time I decided that I’d take some initiative and create a little movie to share with the rest of the youngest’s team and in the process I learned a few things.
- When you’re filming a sporting event you need lots of tape and batteries. In an effort to make sure I made it to the end of the game with tape and battery to spare I filmed only the at-bats of both teams, while lots of play in the field went undocumented. I made it to the end of the game but let’s just say that there wasn’t a lot of context in the final version.
- I don’t have the steadiest of hands. My little Samsung DV-8 was fluttering like a butterfly in the wind.
- Digital video chews up a buttload of memory on a computer.
- My computer’s processor, which seemed like such a screamer when I confined myself to work related stuff online, was sucking some serious wind by the time I finished my movie project.
- Synching video and audio is trickier than you’d think. My transitions between scenes were a little, uh, stark.
- This video stuff is F-U-N.
- This video stuff is H-A-R-D.
By the time I was done I had a 35 minute movie that I copied back onto a DV-8 tape and then burned DVD copies on our recorder in the living room. For whatever reason my computer’s DVD/RW drive won’t copy to DVD-R formatted discs, of which I have a gazillion, so I decided to utilize the recorder attached to the TV while we watched other stuff on Tivo. I sent a copy of the DVD to the team’s coach to make sure I had all the kids’ names right in the credits and to have him get word out to the rest of the team that the DVD was available IF he thought it was any good. He emailed me a couple of days later saying he thought it was great and to let me know he was going to email the rest of the team parents so they could contact me directly to request copies. I’ve since sent out seven copies and I’ve already gotten back one really enthusiastic "thanks" and I have to say it’s about as gratifying as anything I’ve done in a long time.
So I may not be a Lenslinger yet, but I might be looking at a career switch in the near future…nah, it’s too damn hard.