Now what do you think I will do now that all the major projects on my hard drive have been completed? Get started on Tim Nm, CPA? TMINM documentary? TMINM music video? Record a new demo for "Business"? Nope.
Instead I pulled out the original footage tape for Cleary's "Time Is My Crisis" music video, from late 2002. I'm making a new version of the video. Why? I think that there is a lot I can do to improve it, based on new tools and techniques, and new editing methods. I didn't like the look of the Magic Bullet film motion on the original. Plus, there are a few shots that I think can be replaced with better ones. I'm going to set the whole thing to a new mix of the song.
Last night I sorted through the footage, and I am deartifacting it right now (10 hours to go, even on my new computer). Man, I have been spoiled by the quality of my GS400. This old JVC 1-CCD footage is really crappy. It's DV format, 720x480, but the practical resolution looks to be about half that. It's got some nasty DV contrast ringing artifacts, and it's got tons of video noise.
It also didn't have any manual controls, so it's full auto, with all inopportune auto-focus and auto-aperture adjustments that are at this point very distracting to me. It reminds me of something Jeremy said on the DVD "Making Of" featurette regarding one CU of a dryer door: "For some reason, the camera seemed to really focus on the writing on the handle." Yeh, you think?! Because it was auto-everything. It makes me think we really lucked out to get the footage we got.
Honestly, after that, I'll finish the TMINM music video, do the Western and Drama challenges, maybe a NMWG and/or Fatigo music video... then I'll jump into Tim Nm, CPA.