One of the secret weapons in the War On Producing This Documentary is one of my friends, Jim Leonard. But I don’t call him Jim Leonard. I call him The Eye Of Doom.
Jim was a critical part of the BBS Documentary’s success. He earned this odd title from me because he has an amazing capacity on two fronts: the technical issues behind the production of DVDs, and a hyper-awareness of the visual and sound components of a production, enabling him to see flaws that a majority of the population would never catch… but a minority would be driven bonkers with. He notices dropped frames, shearing, odd transitions, weird color spaces, lacking bitrates, you name it. If he signs off, it’s about as good as most mortals will get it.
This is where the Eye of Doom comes from – he’s like the unblinking eye of Sauron:
There’s Jim on the left there, seeing all. I’m not sure what’s on the right there – probably the DVD duplication facility. I don’t quite know how all that works. Looks right, though.
I mention for two reasons – first, Jim and I spent a good hour or two double-checking all my rendering and project settings to ensure they’re as good as they can be, and second, while the myth of the single person against the world is kind of fun for public relations and self-aggrandizement, it’s crap – I’ve had a lot of people help me along the way, and a lot of good eyes and hands have been a part of the production. I’ll credit everyone I can, and I’m sure a few will be missed, but they’re all important. Like I learned when I signed up to go into the real Colossal Cave, you don’t go it alone.
One last detail: When the Eye isn’t helping people tell the story of text adventures well, he’s involved in a project to bring the latest in computer graphics and sounds in the Demoscene to your door. The Mindcandy series has been amazing for the first two releases (which you should consider buying; they really show off your home video setup), and now they’re doing it in HD. Check out the details at the Mindcandy 3 page. Believe me, you won’t find a better and more amazing project of this type anywhere. I look up to these guys. Check them out.
Back into the editing bench!