Sunday, September 14, 2003done deal
What is it about finishing a project that you have poured everything into that makes you go into utter and complete shutdown mode? I don't know about Natalie (though I'd imagine she feels about the same), but I am cranked. I feel a cold coming on, settling in around my shoulders and neck, stuck to the back of my throat like a losenge.
The relief is huge. The movie is done and it actually worked. Although I did have a major breakdown moment today at about noon when we figured out the movie file couldn't be burned to CD in the format it was in and the software on the laptop wouldn't support a different format without a plug-in. Then Natalie and I started yelling at each other in my parent's kitchen about how much work each of us had done (basically to anyone listening it would have sounded like a Biggest Martyr Contest). Good times! Can we all say collaboration? C'mon, ya'll, repeat after me! Ah well, such is the way of PROJECTS.
All the films that were made were GREAT. Everyone put so much work into their movies. The venue was nice and the turnout was decent considering we had a lack of advertising. Natalie did a lot of walking around town and telling people about the festival, but other than that, the print ads were nil.
We took the wheelbarrow to the film festival and left it up front for people to take books from. Now, I need to send our movie onto BookCrossing and Oprah!
Why not, right?
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Thursday, September 11, 2003Let Us Entertain You
Saturday, 13 September 2003
at 7:00 o’clock
at the MacArthur Place Rodeo Room
29 East MacArthur Street, Sonoma
at Reader’s Books and Movie Merchants
seating is limited
For more information call 707-935-0443
Ought to be a good time! Film makers include: Terese Spingola & Jill Ford, Anea MK Botton & Natalie Conforti, Christa Conforti, Donna Hays, August Sebastiani, Bill Bachelor.
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Well, the process of capturing BookCrossing.com and the wheelbarrow on film for our amateur movie has been a real, errm, TREAT (<--- said in the scoffiest, sardonic-est, sarcastic-est voice I can muster...). We have a little over 2 hours of footage of which only about 40 minutes is usable. But the movie needs to be less than 30 minutes (more like 20). So I've gotten the video cut down to about 25 minutes not including credits. Ugh.
I'm teaching myself a new movie program on a new laptop in a format I have never used before. It has been hit and miss the whole way. I got so frustrated I went out and bought a laptop at CompUSA, got it home, and discovered it had no firewire port. The first piece of Dazzle hardware I bought at Circuit City to hook to our desktop computer was an utter and completely useless piece of poop. That's when the brilliant idea to buy a laptop came into my peabrain. So I bought a laptop that's not as old and decrepit as the 2 computers we already have at our disposal. SGinger brought her laptop, and we used that as well, but the video feed was dropping frames. So back to CompUSA I went on Monday to get a firewire PCI card for the laptop. In addition, the sales guy very helpfully gets me a 4-6 firewire cable for $39.99. Get it all home, the PCI card comes with it's own cable. Back to CompUSA today to return the cables I do not need, get my money back, and wonder why the hell I've been to the same store 3 times in a week. Gadzooks.
So, I've gone to bed every night this week at 3:30. My head feels like a melon and my contact lenses might as well be sandpaper in my eyesockets. But I finally captured and placed all the footage I want in the order that I want it. Not I need a soundtrack, a credit roll, and a million crossed fingers that the movie actually works on Saturday.
I am sooooooooo tired.
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Wednesday, September 03, 20033rd wheelbarrow release at the Farmer's Market
We headed down to the Tuesday night Sonoma Farmer's Market with the wheelbarrow and books in tow. SGinger and my husband, good sports that they be, trooped on while I filmed and acted as the Spirit Coordinator (grand title, eh?). We forgot the sign telling people these were free books, so it became necessary to stand there and encourage people to take books from the wheelbarrow. But this wasn't such a bad thing as I began to hear comments like, "Hey! I know that yellow wheelbarrow! That's that BookCrossing thing that you go on-line to do, isn't it?" Another gal stopped by to take a look and said, "I know what this is! Someone left a Webster's Thesaurus and Dictionary in front of my shop. I read about it on the inside bookplate, but this is really neat to be able to see it in person!" (I guess the real-deal wheelbarrow would count as "in person," no?) A couple stopped by as well and told me they'd seen it in front of St. Francis church a few weeks back (I told them it was the day of Grandma's funeral) and they'd taken a book from it that they had each read and then passed on to their daughter.
It was gratifying to the nth degree to be able to hear a little feedback. Although people love the idea, the release-to-register ratio is quite low; in other words, the amount of books we release in the wild as compared to the people who actually take the time to go on-line and journal on a book they've found or taken, is quite low. That's not in the least bit surprising, but it can be a disappointment when you're as much of a "rosy-tinted glasses" idealist as myself.
the film festival is in 2 weeks, so the time is getting cut, bit by bit, to put the whole film together. We shall see what we get...
Dave & Sginger make quite the duo traipsing down Napa Street towards the Farmer's Market. Thank goodness for my muscley-armed hubbers who can wheel the barrow the 4 blocks to the Plaza!
Some book-lookers. One of the people in this picture is a published author who wrote a book in the 70's that I actually have! She and I had a very nice conversation and I told her I recognized her from her book jacket photo that was taken about 30 years ago.
Late in the evening, as the market was winding down, these ladies stopped by the wheelbarrow to have a peek. Two of them were visiting from DC, the 3rd actually lives in Sonoma. We were pleased to be able to pass some Sonoma BookCrossing books the a possible journey to the other side of the US.
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