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.