Locking in Extras

Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: production | 3 Comments »

I’m in the process of locking in extras. This means that I’m doing final edits and renders on what I think are the final versions of all the extra bits of footage on the DVDs. This actually constitutes hours of content, so it’s pretty significant. I don’t have the exact numbers yet, but it’s in the dozens of extras ranging from under a minute to up to 15, and with all sorts of subjects thrown in there.

Some are sequences I liked but which just didn’t let the movie breathe, while others are planned sequences meant to cover something I always knew would never make it in. For example, I have a 10 minute meditation on the Z machine that Infocom implemented. Trust me; if you don’t know much about interactive fiction and the creation of it, this sequence would murder you. If you are, you will enjoy watching Andrew “Zarf” Plotkin, creator of the Blorb format, happily trounce over the history of the creation of the Z machine, backed up by… the co-creator of the Z machine, Marc Blank.

I’ve used markers to ensure the items can be re-rendered over and over if need be. It will be going to a small group of people who will inspect the final work and let me know if something needs repair. This will take some time, but it’s worth it. And so begins the big run towards filling the DVDs with final pieces.

3 Comments on “Locking in Extras”

  1. 1 Johan Herrenberg said at 6:24 am on February 18th, 2010:

    Sounds wonderful! I’m really looking forward to this DVD of the Year.

  2. 2 Ali Gündüz said at 3:33 pm on February 18th, 2010:

    I wonder if you’re planning to release USB stick versions as well. I don’t have an access to a CD/DVD drive most of the time, and, even when I do, it’s just not convenient for me to play DVDs compared to ripped copies on a hard drive. (In fact, it’s not unusual for me to play ripped copies of films from my hard drive even when their dvds lie around.)

    In the end, I may end up ordering the dvd set if there’s no USB memory version release, but mostly for emotional reasons. (And end up watching the documentary from a bittorrented DVD rip.) And I don’t think it’s justified to ship a carton box overseas just for that.

    While at it, will there be a donation option for specifically paying for GET LAMP, so I can cut the BS and just bittorrent the whole thing while supporting your endeavour?

    (Throughout this comment, I assumed you would license GET LAMP under CC-BY-SA as you did the BBS Documentary.)

  3. 3 Brad said at 4:02 pm on February 18th, 2010:

    It’s getting closer…
    I feel like I’m right next to that white house, getting ready to open the mail box.

    I’m looking forward to this, keep up the good work.

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