Morning Eileen and Slicers,
I am feeling good, really good, living and working for the last few weeks, in my digital world. I’ve been working on two new digital pieces simultaneously. That’s a first for me. Another first is the absence of my crazed obsession. I’ve been rather cool and available throughout the process. Usually, Tuvia has to keep calling me back from the tree.
I can’t explain it, but I’m enjoying it. I am now in the last stages of the piece I’m going to share with you. I want this teaser to represent our Hudson Valley Project’s Young Writers Programs that we offer in the summer for elementary- high school kids. We have great teachers ready to work, we usually get enough kids to run more than one program, but in the past, we have had no one person in charge and no organization for focused planning.
This year we have a team meeting now and I’ve been charged with the challenge to create a digital piece that showcases our work, a teaser. I worked on this piece for a good amount of time when we first talked about it as a team. I had lots of video and photos collected over time. That’s my passion, as you know. And then I left it during the week of vacation. Not that I was engaged in other activities, but I guess I need to torture myself with some usual procrastination right up to the weekend before, when I was engaged in the second piece due first.
When I opened the draft, I had lots to video to cut. The razor blade tool in Final Cut is one of my best friends and the editing began. It was easier than I thought. I had a session at the Apple store built into the process for all the questions I was listing as I worked. One great hour with anApple techie for a fresh eye and some tech support on the software changes and I had an interesting first draft that I was ready to share with a small group. Yes, I was nervous. I’m not used to any panel judging my work. Not even if they are people I love and respect.
In those first silent tortuous seconds after the piece ended, I wondered. I didn’t get an initial round of applause the way we always greet a reading of prose, so when the group members started picking out things they liked etc. I stopped them, asked for the applause and reset the conversation to the big ideas of the piece… Stunned and silent at first, I did get what I asked for. Interesting, that we need a structure to support digital composers.
Actually, I’m very open to feedback and I have been revising ever since that first session last week and loving it. I think this piece is meant for a diverse audience. Sure, it’s for friends and educators who are interested in the work of the Hudson Valley Writing Project. Prospective teachers, but the primary group is parents, who are looking for a simulating summer program for their kids. We have programs for elementary, middle school and high school kids and we have great teachers. Actually, right after the viewing with that first team Tom and I sat together and he spontaneously added his piece that appears the end of the piece, folding in some of what seemed to be missing.
So, finally, I’m asking you. If you have 6 1/2 minutes could you take a look at my piece and let me know what you think. Applause is not necessary.