A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway

All of this is about a public TV project about one of America’s great roads, and we’re hoping you might enjoy reading about some of our behind-the-scenes work. I’m Rick Sebak, and I write most of the tales. Bob Lubomski is our cameraman. And Glenn Syska has been traveling with us recently. He made the video blog entries in 2008. Back in 2007, Jarrett Buba did all that. A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY first aired on PBS on October 29, 2008 at 8 PM. Check with your local PBS station to find out about repeat broadcasts. Or go for the DVD at www.shopwqed.org.

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A 2-minute taste of the final product

June 30th, 2008 ·

Saturday, after catching the end of Buddy Nutt’s performance on the North Side, I went to WQED to look at interviews that we taped last August and September when we made our first big Lincoln Highway trip.

Sunday, after the book-signing event at Border’s East Liberty, I went back to WQED to keep looking at interviews, pulling sound bites and assorted comments that I think might make for a good promotional video. I get about 7 and a half minutes of possible bites.

Now Monday, I’m at work early because I want to have the 2-minute selection ready when our editor Kevin Conrad arrives. I cut cut cut.

When Kevin arrives he looks at it, we try some background music, and I find that I miscalculated the length, and it’s just 1:40 at this point. Hooray! I get to restore some of the comments I’d cut.

PBS wants a 2-minute promo to include on a reel for the Press Tour which is coming up in July in Los Angeles. I call PBS to get the details, and I find out that they want it today. We can deliver it via an FTP site. Hmm. We’ve never delivered anything to PBS via FTP before. But OK. Matt Conrad, our assistant editor, who knows about how to best extract the video in new computer formats, will have to come in tonight.

Kevin and I consider various pictures to cover some of the comments. By mid-afternoon, we’re done. The project seems more real that ever. The first promo is a big step. Here it is.

Tags: Road Diary

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Thomas Sipe // Jul 7, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I’ve lived withing minutes of the Lincoln Highway, Lincoln Way, Old Lincoln Way, or plain Route 30 most of my life. Generations ago my family farmed along the course of the new road near Jennerstown, PA. I’ve traveled to Gettysburg, the Pennsylvania Amish country, and beyond on that road myself. So, I’m looking forward eagerly to Mr. Sebak’s program. They have all been informative and entertaining. He finds the charm of his subject and shows it beautifully.

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