Friday, July 16, 2010

Pinnacle

Writing a script.  No problem.

Finding the perfect accompaniment track.  Totally covered. 

Scouting locations, finding actors, organizing schedules.  Piece of cake.

Choosing camera angles, plotting scenes, planning the filming schedule.  SO not a big deal.

Researching editing software, checking system requirements with my computer, anything the slightest bit technical.  PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON!

Okay, I know that you are already well aware about how I feel about the tech aspect of the film.  I guess that's why most directors have people to do all this for them.  Of course, they also get PAID for making films, unlike yours truly.

I finally purchased some software today.  It's called Studio Ultimate version 14 by Pinnacle.  I chose this software for two basic reasons:

A) Our worship minister, Jeff, uses Pinnacle software and has graciously agreed to let me call him for help.  Of course he has version 10 and the whole interface is different, but still he will be an invaluable resource to me.  At the very least he'll be a sounding board for when I'm bent over the keyboard in body-wracking sobs ready to throw the entire kit and caboodle in the ditch because I can't figure it out.

2) Very often over the last two weeks in my reading I've come across the word pinnacle.  That's not a word that comes up in daily conversation very often, or in most writing.  I'm reading The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy to Matthew.  CS Lewis apparently loved the word pinnacle because it's in there several times.   This is only one example.  I took it as a sign I'm headed in the right direction.

Thomas Carlyle wrote, "Every noble work is at first impossible."  I read that as a Facebook status not long ago. This aspect of the project definitely feels impossible for me. 

Another Facebook status, in fact posted on the same day as the Carlyle one, reads, "God gives us dreams a size too big so we can grow into them."

Isn't it just like God to want you to grow in ways you never thought you could?  I guess we're getting ready to see how that works for me.

If you hear body-wracking sobs any time soon, stop and say a prayer for me, would ya?  Thanks.

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