Monday, January 31, 2011

Season 2 ' The Fix' Part 3

by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)

Part 1
Part 2

Welcome to the third part of the According To Whim Season 2 'Fix'. I spent more time reviewing some tapes and attempting to rebuild Episodes 3, 4, 5, and 6 of our public access television show: According To Whim (Season 2). Season 3 Episode 1 was also lost so I have included it as well. You can read the first part (and the full story) by clicking here.

Today I will cover only 5 tapes because my camera crapped out on me. The Firewire port has gotten increasingly flaky from so much use that it stopped working completely. I checked with Canon but apparently the XL2 Owners club (that would have gotten me a discount on service) no longer exists. I went ahead and decided to send it in for repair and a professional cleaning (since it never had one). I disassembled the camera and sent in only the body. A few days later I got the estimate and the cost was $351.00 to fix the Firewire port and clean it. If you remember I paid somewhere around $2,500 for the camera and so it seems worth. Since all this happened I haven't been able to review any further tapes so I began to edit what I do have of Season 2. The next post will be about the editing changes I have been working on. For now, here are the next 5 tapes I reviewed.

Tape #14
On this tape I found only a few scenes but they took up a lot of footage. They were mostly from Episode 3 and then one for Episode 2. I did have scene 6 of Episode 3 so I didn't need to recover that.

Tape #2
Our random sketch 'To catch a pervert' (which you can see here) was on this tape as was some of the interviews from the TRTC video contest I entered. If you haven't read all about the fun and underhanded way I won 2nd place (and $500.00) read this blog here. You will also see links to the actual videos too. The Final bit of footage on this tape was the audio work for the WRHS foundation video I did. I made the video free of charge for the foundation (the fund-raising arm of the hospital where I work). I was planning to make the video and claim it as a deduction. I had also shot video for a county wide disaster drill that the hospital was involved in (not edited). I had the bright idea to just do this sort of thing alot and basically get back everything Uncle Sam took during the year. Uh, no, not gonna happen. I talked to the accounting guy and he told me 'time' (what my contribution is considered) is not deductible as charitable gift. Arg.

Tape #5
This tape had 11 different scenes and all seemed to be good except for a thirty second video I shot testing some green screen material I bought. It recorded over the add-on 'The Ring' sketch we shot to fill in some space on Episode 4 or 5 (I can't remember which). I don't think the lost footage was going to kill the scene so all is good with this tape. Also on this tape was the short bit of footage where Chris and I filmed ourselves at a local abandoned gas station only to be kicked off the property shortly after starting by some hick with a Napoleon complex.

Tape #3
This tape had little on it. Some Episode 3 scenes that I already had and two scenes from Episode 5 that I recovered.

Tape #1
This final tape before the camera crapped out had some Episode 3 footage on it. I will have to check it later after I get the camera back.

In the next edition of the Season 2 'Fix' I will be going over some edits I made and list some missing and lost files as well.

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