Monday, August 21, 2006

battle of seconds

Just finished a leaner edit of Scrapped and am encoding it as I type. I ended up trimming a little off the Memory segment with Dr. Redish, a bit of the Creative Memories Lab segment and some off the It's Magic and Therapy interviews as well as tightening up the segment where Rebecca helps me with my first page. I think it shaved off about four minutes in all. I also changed the font on the credits so you can read them without a microscope and fixed a couple type-o's.

Tomorrow I'll make new menu's, hunt around for special features and get Christine the graphics guru a new pic or something for the new DVD cover. The countdown is on!

I was cleaning out my digital junk drawer on my laptop as the editing computer is crunching compression away. Here's three pictures of beautiful moments of zen I found. One is from when my wife and I ran off to Las Vegas on my bike and got married. On the way back I really wanted to go out of our way out into what was then the middle of nowhere to visit carhenge. A storm was rolling in and there was nowhere to find cover for miles but we went anyway and got some great pictures before we got soaked. Another is of my wife and her two cats. Being on top of her is their favorite place in the world. I got them for her so I wouldn't have to snuggle. They've done a pretty good job at keeping their end of the bargain. The last one is my last bike, the completely impractical one that I sold to pay off bills before I started production on Scrapped. I burned through a couple drive belts doing stupid stuff with it. Some of my favorite times in life have been sitting in the garage listening to the BBC at two in the morning when everything else is quiet cleaning, polishing, fixing or tearing down with a Glenlivet and nowhere to be in the morning.

After reading some other people's blogs I feel slightly inadequet with no sweet snapshots of children. This is the beauty that's bigger than myself in my world right now so I guess that's all you get. :0)

wes



10 Comments:

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Okay, so I just saw your movie at a fellow consultants' and I loved it. Fun. LOVE the Ramones bag!!!!! (big old time fan myself). I am just glad that others are discovering that scrapbboking is NOT just about soccer moms and such. I look forward to being able to get my own copy (wasn't able to make the CM convention myself!) and I will be sure to make some popcorn and invite some friends over!

 
At 7:38 AM, Anonymous mindakms said...

The picture of your wife is priceless. I sure hope that is somewhere more accessible than the "junk drawer" of your computer.

Of course now it's on your blog,which is slightly better.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger ScrapsofMe said...

I love the photos of your life and the journaling. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. You have truly become a scrapper...sharing the moments and telling the stories. HUGS.
OK...enough of the touchy feely...I can't WAIT till the video is out!!! How can I get in line to get one?
Pam

 
At 3:32 AM, Blogger Julie said...

I cannot wait to see this movie!!!

I hope someone scrpas the pic of your wife sleeping ;) LOL!!

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Hey,

Please do NOT feel inadequate about not having kids to scrap....you are in the company of many other scrappers! Looking forward to picking up the dvd so I can learn more about you and how you got into this hobby!

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger teresasalisbury said...

I got your movie a Showcase and watched it with my 14 year old, as soon as I got home. He loved it too. Thanks so much for taking the time with us a t Showcase. I know it wasn't your favorite thing to do, so thanks. Looking forward to everything and everything comming from you in the future. You are building a BIG and loyal fan base with these scrappers.

 
At 6:33 AM, Blogger Kathy Carr said...

I just found out this morning that you have a blog!! I have been so excited about this since I first saw a clip six plus months ago. And dear hubby and I just returned from a week long Harley ride to Apostle Island and Door County! So, how do I go about getting a copy of the DVD???

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger wes said...

Thanks for your posts!

I got to sleep in this morning in a dead quite house which immediately reminded me that there's perks to not having kids sometimes. It's a tradeoff. ;0)

I'm always VERY happy to hear when men, kids, other demographics and types of people get a kick out of Scrapped. It's a real trick to write a story where someone can see the end coming ( it's going to try and get them to try scrapbooking or tell them about how great it is ) and try and compell them anyway. It's even harder to write something about a subject people are so insanely passionate about, try and please them but also try and engage outiders, even tougher to reach adults AND kids. Really, really a challenge.

The trade off is having something that hits a few different angles and has stretches that will be boring to any of those groups so I've tried to keep that to a minimum but it's still there.

Thanks for your feedback! Kathy, did you see earlier in the blog that I just went up to the Apostle Islands on a quick bike getaway? I now know that a fully loaded Electraglide with gear and passenger cannot break 100mph no matter how hard you try. :0( Just another reason that that's the perfect bike for me because it's just made for cruising, no temptation to get into trouble.

Also, the last project I did was all about faith and bikers. You can check it out here: www.brethrenmovie.com you might like it. There's a 2 minute promo on the website. It's not really funny and is only 52 minutes long. It was made for TV and got aired regionally in the US, all over Europe and was bg in New Zealand. Shine netowrk in NZ actually named it one of there most requested shows of 2004 which is great because my budget was $15,000 and it was up against high buck, high production programming. We'll see if we can get scrapbooking out into the world a little more.

I've actually had a woman from Manila in the Phillipines REALLY jazzed about me coming out and schowing Scrapped, getting a theater, getting TV news coverage, etc. and some requests from Singapore and Tasmania. I'm going to cut my wife or Rebecca loose on trying to line up enough stops to cover expenses and maybe hit the Pacific road. Who knows?

Thanks for your thoughts!

wes

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger B said...

Wes,

I just was able to get a copy of the DVD this week by buying the copy of someone who was at Showcase. I sat mesmorized as I watched it and the DVD extras these last 2 evenings. Thank you for taking on this project and sharing your experience so sincerely.

As a CMC who is formerly from the business side of the high tech world, I have been so frustrated with CM for its lack of 'current day' business savvy. Your DVD did SO much for the scrapping world; more than their marketing materials have ever done. You delved into why the safe products are important and you did it in an entertaining and straight forward way. I think I could give your DVD to any new client to explain WHY to scrapbook.

I hope you have secured financing for your project, even if it came post-premiere. Sounds like you may have some new roads to travel with the DVD. You deserve it! May you get to enjoy the ride and breathe a little fresh air on the journey.

. . . from Seattle

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger wes said...

Wow b,

That's the smartest dang thing I've heard anybody say in a long while!

That's way more gratuitous than " you rock" or "you suck."

Bless you and your analytical, sales savvy and articulate mind.

 

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