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First-Hand Adventures of a First-Time Filmmaker, Part 7: Happy ‘Adventures’ Anniversary

1 Sep , 2000  

Written by Lorre Fritchy | Posted by:

Now a year from beginning her documentary 'Sandy 'Spin' Slade: Beyond Basketball,' Lorre Fritchy catches us up on her next steps as a first-time filmmaker.

August marked one year since the first installment of this filmmaking foray. That means my "Sandy ‘Spin’ Slade: Beyond Basketball" documentary is now in distribution and I’m retiring from royalties, right? Sure, and I know a guy named Spielberg who wants to read your script…

When we last left our Adventurer, she was stranded in the "Abyss of Decision-Making" between Mac vs. PC editing systems. Everyone said to me, "You aren’t serious if you don’t get a Mac to edit film and video." I did a ton of research and decided to go bilingual: PCs are my choice for document-generation, while Mac brains seem better suited to graphics. Although my Mac crashes as often as my PC, I have not been disappointed — especially since the firewire capabilities make digitizing a snap. One G4, 20 Gigs, and a refinancing plan later, I am currently editing a 3-5 minute fundraising video.

Having selected Final Cut Pro as the editing software, I then hit amazon.com to buy Lisa Brenneis’ (should-be) sacred book, "Final Cut Pro for Macintosh." The layout is intuitive, the index is actually helpful, and the writing style is informal and easy to understand. Every question I have, she anticipates and answers. Although I am cutting this story together myself, I am also talking to editors for "post-Lorre" tweaking. This book (around $25) has helped me do much of the heavy lifting.

The biggest news to report is that I went to LA in August to record voice-over for my fundraiser trailer with basketball Hall of Famer and Sandy ‘Spin’ supporter, Ann Meyers Drysdale. If sponsors come through, as I believe they will after seeing the trailer, I will be able to bring this gracious and renowned basketball presence back into the studio to lend her voice to the full-length spinumentary.

The session itself went extremely well. One curious occurrence was that the last track of the narration CD had no "safety buffer" of dead air at the end. As soon as the narrator took her last breath, the CD jumped back to track one. Final Cut Pro did not like this at all, it simply could not import that last take (the MONEY one, of course). I went back to my trusty PC, recorded the take as a WAV file, then dumped it to ZIP to get it on the Mac. This little quirk was nowhere in Brenneis’ book so either I discovered something, or I am about to.

One thing I *have* discovered is how much progress an adventurous filmmaker can make in one year. Thank you for the posts and emails supporting the project or just exchanging industry anecdotes. Meanwhile, be persistent and keep knocking on those doors! ‘Til next time…

(Please direct your editing/graphics/composing resumes to my email address lfritchy@aol.com.  I am doing my best to respond to everyone).


If you've missed any part of 'First-Hand Adventures,' please check out the complete series below. All Parts to the Series: Part 1: Starting Out Part 2: On the Set Part 3: Wireless lavs.  Editing choices. Airport redtape. Time code hell.   Must be your first film. Part 4: Burnout -- Hang in There Part 5: Back in the Spin Part 6: Post-Production and the Discomfort Zone Part 7: Happy 'Adventures' Anniversary Part 8: From Gigabytes to Soundtracks Part 9: It Ain't Over Even When It's Over -- From Music to Film Festivals Sandy 'Spin' Slade: Beyond Basketball is now available on video at http://www.spinumentary.com.