Coming back from the quick trip to Tyrrell County, I started thinking about the documentary I started making a few years ago. It's really just a couple of interviews with Grandaddy Herman, that I filmed. I started piecing them together to make a coherent story, but my old computer just wasn't up to the task -- the screen was too small to successfully edit, and the processor was too slow to render transitions at any worthwhile speed. I ended up just transferring all the footage from tape to my hard drive and essentially putting the project on the shelf.
Now that I have a faster computer with a decent monitor, I can get back to work on the project. I spent my free time over the past several days rearranging the video clips, adding titles to different sections, and creating transitions so that it's a lot less jumpy. This evening, I finally got it to a point where, while it's still pretty rough, it's a rough cut that I really wouldn't mind showing to other people. I distilled about 2 and half hours of interview footage into a 33 minute video of my grandfather just talking about his life -- growing up, working on the farm, his time in the CCC, marriage, raising kids, church, and more. It's pretty neat to watch. I'm going to get some pictures from my dad that I'll be able to use to help make the film more visually interesting, and provide more context for the people and events that Grandaddy Herman's talking about. When it's all done, it's going to be an awesome little video.
I've really enjoyed working on this, and once I get this project closer to being finished, I'm going to do the same thing for my mother's parents.