Archive for July, 2008

ALL-CLEAR

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
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To say the most important thing right away: The material hasn’t been destroyed. Everything is still in its place. Reiter, our friend and helper in whatever has to do with technical stuff, has fixed it, after Constanze came frantically to meet me in the editing room and while Haake was on his way to meet up with us as well. But: A plug of the raid is broken and we have to let it fixed. In the meantime Claudia’s using another plug and will continue with her work. Puh… what a relief!

HEART ATTACK IN THE EDITING ROOM!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
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Went nuts in the editing room today. I have connected our raid to the computer to see, if, our material still ok is after that little trip to Hannes’ company. And the computer shows that the raid is empty. Which means: The material is not there anymore. Nothing at all. Nada.

I’m getting nervous and try to reach Reiter. No success. After that I’m calling Claudia, but she also can’t be reached. I’m trying it with Haake, who is out and about and ends the conversation right at the beginning by claiming he didn’t have any time. I’m going mental and call Constanze, who’s getting her arse on the way to the Film Academy. At this very moment suddenly the door opens and I’m being banned from the editing room, ‘cause somebody else has booked it for the whole day. Shit.

LOST

Friday, July 11th, 2008
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I remembered my good old friend Hannes. Hannes is a great editor and works at a company in Vienna. That’s why I thought let’s show him the material. As Hannes couldn’t leave work there was only one way to do so. I went with my trolly and the Raid System through whole Vienna to his workplace. To get there it would normally take you something like 15 minutes but as I completely panicked something could happen to the Raid again I carried it compleeeeeeetly slooooooowly over the edges of sidewalks, manwhole covers and bumps on the street. As I totally concentrated on the trolley I lost orientation, took the wrong way and went a long way round. After one hour I finally got to the company where Constanze, Hannes and a couple of inexpugnable stairs were waiting for me.

But the story doesn’t end here! In the whole company there was no matching cable to connect the Raid System to the computer. As we finally found one the PC couldn’t read the hard disc which was formatted by a Mac. After hours we finally gave up and decided that Hannes should come to the editing room on the weekend to view the material. Therefor Hannes pulled out the cable of the slot but without ejecting the hard disc. I don’t think the hard disc crashed but lately I am dogged by bad luck…. I will check tomorrow.

SYSTEM ERROR

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
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Claudia deals already a week with the Avid (the editing system) and we still don’t have any of our material in the computer to start matching the sound to the picture not to mention to start editing. Claudia, Reiter (the technican of the Filmacademy) and me don’t do anything else than searching for errors in the system, to read tutorials, to correct system errors and to find new errors. Claudia is still calm but I’m already frustrated and angry. It can’t happen that the technic at the University is not working!

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AN UNGRATEFUL JOB

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
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Today I met Claudia. She studies editing at the Filmacademy Vienna. She agreed to be the editor’s assistant. Unbelievable when you think that this is one of the most ungratful jobs in the world. You have to match the sound to the picture, deal with technic that never works, to render files, to number scenes… Well tomorrow she will start. Beside that I get more and more frustrated as I still don’t have an editor.

THE LONG JOURNEY OF EDITING

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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Since beeing back in Austria I’m more or less busy with finding an editor for our project. Everybody who knows about our financial situation knows that we can’t pay anything. Even if I invest everything I have saved I wouldn’t be able to pay the normal fees. And which good editor can live half a year without getting payed? Taking a student who has never edited a feature film before sounds totally absurd to me as this would be a total excessive demand. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. At least one professional editor agreed to supervise dramaturgically. Now I only need someone who makes a rough cut from the 200 scenes. Halleluja!


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