How do you measure, measure a documentary? In goat kids? In saanens? In Larsons? In cups of coffee? In ribbons, in milk, in vet checks, in chevre?
Over the last eight months, Trevor, Julian, Peter and I have been working tirelessly to sift through all the video and audio footage we have, syncing it, transcribing it and logging it. On Monday we reached an amazing milestone: We have now have logged all of the footage in FileMaker, which amounts to 7,546 unique entries. The next step is assembling everything into a rough cut, so we can screen it for our friends, get feedback, and make a fine cut. Then there’s sound mixing, color correction, post effects, and if we can raise money for it, some animations.
The moral of the story is that editing a documentary is no simple task. We have already spent countless hours in post-production and there are thousands to come, but we are all confident that it will be an AWESOME documentary in the end. The footage looks great!
157 hours of video footage doesn’t seem like a lot, but to give you an idea of the scope, here are some things you could do in the same amount of time:
- If you drove At 60 mph, you could travel from Paris to Beijing AND BACK.
- You could watch every NFL Superbowl for the last 35 years.
- You could bake 10,276 Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (assuming you already have 101 pounds of flour, 85 pounds of butter, 120 pounds of sugar, 342 eggs, 170 bags of Chocolate Chips and 1 quart of vanilla extract at hand).
- You could watch 11.5 seasons of Saturday Night Live.
- You could walk from San Diego to San Francisco on foot.
- You could listen to all 7 Harry Potter Books, 3 Hunger Games Books and 1/2 of the first Twilight book.
- You could watch all 202 episodes of The X Files, plus the two X Files movies AND still have an hour leftover.
- You could watch every episode of Seinfeld and every episode of Friends back-to-back
- You could listen to the entire Beatles discography 16 times.
- You could watch the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 36 times.
And, you could listen to the song Seasons of Love 3,305 times