Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bloop. Glooloop.

This is a still frame taken from some of the underwater footage I shot off the coast of Easter Island. All the footage I shot looks spectacular, including the stuff that wasn't on the bottom of the ocean. I have to say, I'm a big fan of my Hi-Def camera. There are drawbacks, though, as I'm finding out in the editing process. Sure, this ain't my first rodeo with HD, but I'm running into some of those painful problems associated with MPEG-2. I could bore you with a lengthy dissertation about long-GOP media and I-frames, but who cares? It looks pretty. There are always workarounds for problems.
All my footage and pictures have now been safely backed up, and soon I'll begin slicing and gluing (in a purely digital sense). I'm still wracking my brain as to what musical cues to use. Nothing sounds like the island to me. The fun of these little pet projects is when things start snapping together. I haven't quite reached that point yet. Then again, I haven't really had time to sit down and think about it.
Speaking of music, I'm learning how to read it in addition to singing it. I now know something about treble clefs, bass clefs, measures, notes and timing. I know what "middle C" is on a piano. It's like learning a foreign language. I love it. Supposedly, I'll be starting on a new song tomorrow night. I'm anxious to see what it will be.
My reassignment is currently on hold due to some personnel jockeying, but on the bonus side, I got a raise this week based on my outstanding performance over the last few months. I was just getting ready to pursue that very thing, so I suppose it's good timing. What is certainly NOT good timing is when the IRS informs you that you owe an entire year's worth of state taxes that your employer forgot to take out. I miss Washington state, the golden land of state-taxlessness. Bye-bye, savings. It was nice to know you.
Classes at DC Studio Theatre begin one week from today. I don't know how I'm going to possibly jam that into my schedule, but I'm too excited to care.
My Easter Island blog will come soon. Promise. I want to make sure I get it down while it's still fresh in my mind. Hard to believe I was there only a week ago.

1 comment:

  1. Quick points.

    I too am out money for taxes and yet I still don't get all the federal rights those taxes should be paying for.

    The rise of MPEG-2 (4 and what ever else) raises my ire on the video editing front.

    What? No shirtless snorkel pics?