Saturday, December 27, 2008

More than I can chew?

I became interested in making movies when I was seven. I actually made my first movie when I was ten. I think it had something to do with Star Wars action figures and an epic sci-fi battle. Well, as epic as a ten year old could make it.
But it wasn't until 1989 that I got really serious with my filmmaking and graduated to editing my masterpieces using two VCR's hooked together. This was high tech for 1989. I could even dub music and sound effects in on the left audio track.
I came up with the moniker "Delta Wing Pictures" after a long period of racking my brain for a good film studio name. Believe it or not, the name came to me while I was in the shower one afternoon staring at a "Delta" faucet head. How I got the "wing" part I have no idea. People now just assume that it's a military thing, referring to the delta wing configuration of some fighter jets. Not true.
But, I digress. 1989. That means that this coming year, 2009, marks twenty years since I began. Twenty years. Unbelievable.
This is the perfect opportunity to do something I've wanted to do for a while now. I'm going to go through the archives, pull out every single film Delta Wing Pictures made and make a highlight reel featuring all the best stuff. That's right, Frank W., you'll probably see some "Spirit of Adventure" in there; a classic with such dialogue as "They're probably already out looking for the treasure already." And John, you're sure to see that wonderful slow-motion ballet shot of me taking a hit to the nuts. It's going to be one hell of a reel.
I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to put it together yet. I'm thinking a music-video style montage no more than a few minutes long. I will very likely do a companion piece that has all the best bloopers through the years. Believe me, there've been some doozies.
I cannot overstate what a giant undertaking this will be. I have literally hundreds of VHS tapes to go through. There is a massive box of Digital 8 tapes and mini DV tapes. You see, as well as completed productions, I'm going to include stuff from projects that never got finished. There are a lot of them, and I'm the only one that's ever seen that stuff. You lucky devils.
As long as I can complete this task within 2009, I'll make the anniversary. As my Navy buddies like to quip when I enter the room, "Standby for greatness."


  1. Good luck with that! Most of my VHS tapes have snapped! Lost forever is Me in 8th grade performing on the Bozo show! Darn - can't ever show that to any future boyfriends!!!!!

  2. I can totally fix that for you. Snapped tapes are a piece of cake.

  3. Seriously? My Mother would be forever grateful, that's for sure.

  4. Yep. I'll send you my addy on MS and I'll fix it for you if you mail it to me.

  5. Cool...I hope to see Mr. Potato Head again!

  6. Well, at least I know that I did not do anything that you caught on tape that was any more embarrasing than the stuff you did yourself. Keep us posted on your progress.

  7. I had dreams of a dual VCR setup for my own editing when I was younger. Then we got a VHS camcorder and I proceeded to destroy it several times over making animations with a chalkboard. It just wasn't built for "Pause" "Record" "Pause" "Record" ... Now I have a Mac and no longer dream of a dual VCR rig. Now all my dreams involve men of medium build doing naughty things.