Monday, October 3, 2011

IT IS FINISHED!!!  IT IS FINISHED!!!  IT IS FINISHED!!!

HERE IS THE LINK: Who Does He Think He Is?

Most importantly, PLEASE SHARE THE LINK!

Blessings to you all who view this film.  I have prayed for you.  :)

Debbie  :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Finish Line Is In Sight

I just watched the film in its entirety.

Nineteen months of my life is represented in 17:16. 

I could have gotten pregnant and given birth TWICE in that amount of time.  

Every time I move my neck I'm reminded of this film.  When I look at my checking account balance, when I sit at my computer, or think of certain friendships, or drive by certain buildings and down certain streets, I'm reminded of this film.

I'm far too close to it to be able to tell if it "works," or if its confusing or stupid or boring or what.


I will say that editing can make or break a film.  In this case it definitely makes it.  What was a complete snooze-fest  (watching my talking head for far too many minutes in a row) is MUCH improved thanks to Robert's talent and insight.  It has floored me what a simple head nod can do to further character development. 

I have to admit that overall I am happy with it.  I did the very best I could, especially considering what I had to work with.   Had I had a budget I would have done some extra things, had more than one camera, had better LIGHTING... 

So many emotions...

I will say that what I am feeling most of all is humbled.  That God would ask me, allow me, to bring this information to the world, is truly remarkable.   This film has stretched me, taught me, required more of me than anything I have done in life except mother my boys. 

Robert is coming this afternoon to help me make a few DVDs and clean some things up.

Later this evening I will probably have a chance to really stop and process it all.

Then watch out.  The Ugly Cry I am currently holding back will be let loose in full force.

And God will be praised to the Highest Heaven. 


Thursday, August 11, 2011

One Down, One To Go

I have two major hurdles before I complete this film:

One Down:  I have my music for the soundtrack.  YAY!  I am so excited!  It would take too long to go into it all but let it suffice to say I am ECSTATIC.  Plan C is the way to go.  I have three wonderful songs by three AMAZING artists.  Believe me, you WILL be hearing their names in the future, and not just from me or my films.  I'm praying abundant blessings on these three gentlemen.  :)

One To Go:  I have decided I am DONE.  I am done fighting to learn and execute the editing software.  So, as soon as our schedules allow, Obi-Wan Kenobi will come sit with me for an entire day (or more if necessary) to finish this for me.  NOT to teach me how, although he would love that, but to sit down and do my bidding.  I. Have. Had. It.

I am SO looking forward to being finished with this film. and so is my family, and so are my friends!  I'm ready to move on to other projects after recharging my batteries a bit, but I'm mostly looking forward to seeing what God does with this film.  It's all in His hands, in His time, in His way.  I don't know how this will all effect me personally, but no matter what I envision, it won't be anything like what He envisions. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

SO MUCH has happened.  Every time I think, "I'm sitting down TODAY and updating everyone on the film" and yet I don't get it done.  Here is what I remember are the highlights from the past few months:

Lighting Fix Crashes Pinnacle Software:
If you recall, I tried FOR MONTHS to fix the backlight issue from the restaurant scene.  I finally began to work on the very last scene I needed to fix and the software crashed.  We were also having other problems with the computer, so we called in Robert, a local computer fix-it guy Clinton used to work with, to help us. As I explained what I was trying to do -- making a film, editing it, etc -- Robert informed us that he made videos AND after battling three versions of Pinnacle he dumped it for Sony Vegas.  We had NO idea that Robert would be able to help with EVERYTHING.  Whoo-hoo!  He got the computer problem solved and got me going again (temporarily) with the Pinnacle.  I now had an Obi-Wan Kenobi to guide me through the final technical stages of the film.  YAY GOD!!!  :)

From Pinnacle to Vegas:
My success in editing from Pinnacle was short-lived.  I finally realized I would have to re-edit the entire film in Sony Vegas.  Robert came over and helped me pull the voice-overs in from Pinnacle so I wouldn't have to redo those, tutored me on getting started in Vegas, and spent TONS of time answering my stupid elementary questions, being very kind to remove himself from my presence occasionally so as to not laugh directly in my face.  ;)

To Reshoot or Not to Reshoot:
Once I got everything I could into Vegas I had the thought that maybe, just maybe, I could fix the lighting in this new software and not have to go through all of the hassle of a reshoot.  Then I 2x4ed myself upside the head.  HOW MANY TIMES times during that process I said to myself, "if I'd have known it would be like this I would have just reshot the $%&# scene?"   A reshoot was the best solution.

And I am SO GLAD I did.  The lighting was better (NOT great, because I still don't know that the %&$# I'm doing, but better).  The acting was just as good if not better.  The set was DEFINITELY better (no longer a restaurant scene, more of a homey rec room scene).  The sound was better.  The camera angles were better (did you see the post about my nose?).  The closing shot was INSPIRED and is SO MUCH better (thanks, Mary!). The camaraderie was better.  The only thing that really was worse was my hair (humidity is NOT my friend, and yes, sometimes I AM that shallow).  But I will take it, that's for sure. 

As of today, I have the rough edit finished except for a couple of cuts in the montage.  I need to get my soundtrack downloaded, level out the sound, update the TYLO site, figure out how to get the thing from my computer to Vimeo, and probably 1,000 little things that will present themselves along the way.  I will continue to rejoice with the tiny successes, be frustrated with the setbacks and my own shortcomings, and OVERJOYED to FINALLY ONE DAY tell you that the film is FINISHED.  :)

I'm also starting to become a bit nostalgic, doing a little looking back, charting my progress to encourage myself.  I've learned SO many things already, with many more lessons to come.  But more than the lessons are the people I've come in contact with through this process.  Some came in early and are no longer with me.  Some came in later and are (by the grace of God) still here.  Some trashed the day, and some saved the day.  Some simply provided a smile or encouraging word when desperately needed.  Some stepped in and entirely changed the course the film and my attitude were taking.  ALL have played important parts in both the development of the film and my own growth.  

But throughout the entire process one person has been constant, consistent, never failing me, although I have failed Him time and time again.  God put this dream into my heart 16 months ago.  He gave me the idea for the script.  He provided the research information,  the actors, the sets, the soundtrack.  Every detail was planned and provided by Him.  Others have played major parts, but God has walked with me, guided me, and carried me when I was so discouraged I couldn't go another step. Praise be to Him, and Him alone.

I'm looking forward to the day I load this puppy online, shout to THE WORLD that it is READY to be seen, and then sit back and watch what God does with my 5 loaves and 2 fish.  I will be celebrating with all those involved, in one way or another. 

And God and I will find a way to celebrate on our own.  :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Did Ya Miss Me? (please say yes please say yes please say yes)

I think I've completely forgotten how to do this...  ;)

Yes, I have taken nearly 3 months off working on "Who Does He Think He Is?" 

The break was SO GOOD for me, SO necessary.  I was able to concentrate on Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family.  I have maintained my sanity throughout January on sick days with the flu and on snow days with, um, the snow.  People have come into and gone out of my life, all for the best.  A dream was fulfilled when I got electronic drums (lessons starting soon!  Cover your ears!).  New creative opportunities and insights beckon me in ways I never expected.

Most significantly, my neck/shoulder/arm/back issue is continuing to heal and my doctor has given me the A-OK to resume work. 

SO, first off I plan to finish tackling the bane of my editorial existence - the lighting issue.  A pox upon the house of the person who designed video cameras to adjust for back lighting!  A pox upon me for being completely clueless about such lighting!  From there, who knows?  But I will continue to work hard, learn, ask for help, wing it, pray and above all, grow both as a film maker and a person.  

Okay.  Deep breath.  Quick prayer.  Cup of coffee.  Lights.  Camera.  Action!
Here goes...

Thanks for coming along for the ride.  :)