The most exciting thing that's happened is that I finished the documentary I've been working on for about three years. It's a collection of a couple of interviews with my grandfather. I interviewed my grandfather in 2003 and again in 2004, videotaping the interviews. Since then, I've edited it down to a nice narrative, including incorporating some photographs into the narrative. I had to take a break between shooting the video and editing the movie together because my old iBook just couldn't handle the video editing. We got a new computer in December that could, and I picked the project back up a few months ago. The completed project was about 45 minutes long and I burned it onto a DVD, complete with nice menus, chapter markers, and all that cools stuff. I also included a couple of slide shows that my father made on the DVD. All in all, it came out great. I'll probably write some more about the whole process sometime later. Next up, I'm going to do the same thing for my mother's parents.
I watched Memento again last week. It's been several years since I've seen it, and it held up to another viewing just fine. I've always wondered how that movie would look if it were edited to not use the trick that is key to the way the movie plays. Well, now that I've got the hardware and software to dit a movie like that, I did. It was pretty easy to do a very rough re-edit because the scene transitions necessary for the edit were obvious because the movie switched between color shots and black and white shots. There's a little overlap that I think I need to cut out to make it more seamless, but it's probably good enough as it is. Maybe in the next few days I'll get some time to watch my edited version and see what I think. Anyway, it was lots of fun doing the editing.
While I was on such a roll editing movies, I decided to edit the commercials out of The Exodus Decoded, a documentary that was on the History Channel last week. I didn't get to see it when it was on, but I set the DVR to record it. Transferring it to the computer to edit the commercials out was easy enough, and the end result is a DVD with the documentary, without the commercials. I may show parts of it to my Sunday School class some time, or let them use it for weeks when I'm not in town to teach. Again, it was pretty fun working with my movie editing tools in order to make it happen.
The most obvious thing I learned with all this movie stuff is that I need to put a big new hard drive on my wishlist. Digital video is extremely space consuming.