my social obtuseness

Last night/this morning I shot some of my directing final (v. 2.0).  As with all film shoots I’ve been in relative charge of, it was a learning experience.  When my Lighthouse project sank, I decided I was going to use this opportunity (and limited time) to do my avant-garde project about love.  It sounds like a cliche, but I’m going to do my damnedest to make sure it doesn’t end up as one.  I’m trying to integrate as many forms (and versions) of visual and auditory media as possible — suggestions are welcome.  Think Damien Rice, with an Iron & Wine chaser.

Technical issues:  We shot with the new Panasonic HVX200 camera in both 1080 and 720 (both 24p), and we also shot a few sequences in slow-motion (at 60p).  The HVX records to P2 cards, which we dumped to a special hard drive specifically designed to save P2 card footage.  This afternoon I copied the footage from the hard drive onto my computer, and imported it into Final Cut Pro.  The problem is (or seems to be) that Final Cut Pro is still adapting to the new P2 card technology, and as such isn’t dropping the extra six frames on import.  Long story short(er), the clips are coming up with a 29.97 frame-rate instead of the 23.98 frame-rate we shot at.  I figured out a way to get rid of the six frames with Cinema Tools, but it’s a bit of a pain in the ass, and I’m wondering if it’d be any different if I just made a 29.97 sequence instead of having to re-render every damn clip.  I tried it both ways, and it looks the same on my computer screen, but projection would probably be a different story.  Again, suggestions are welcome.

At a Savannah Film Festival after-party last week, one of my bosses (for my work-study job) called me "socially obtuse."  I was over-analyzing the statement for a while, but today I talked to Becky and she pointed out that calling someone "socially obtuse" at a social gathering is, in itself, a form of social obtuseness.  Bless her, and my social obtuseness.

Writing of the Savannah Film Festival, I did get to meet David Zucker, and I did get him to sign my copy of Airplane!  I missed the Bill Plimpton panel because of a Hunter S. Thompson documentary priority, and because I am not an Animation major.

Finally, in honor of Bob Barker’s declared retirement from daytime television, I offer this piece of "The Price Is Right" magic:

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