This series of articles will cover my efforts to recover and rebuild the lost Season 2 Episodes of our Public Access TV Show According To Whim.
I have put links to all the Season 2 Blogs at the VERY BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG for your convenience.
For those of you who haven’t heard me go on and on about what happened here are the facts in a nutshell. In May 2010 after doing some editing for the day on video of Season 2 (and 3) of the the show (which was stored on a portable Hard Drive) I bumped the hard drive with my elbow and it fell on it’s side and broke. At that point I had Episodes 3, 4, 5, and 6 at about 98 % completion as well as Episode 1 of Season 3. I lost all that footage on the hard drive (and just as importantly, the editing (which is what took the longest). I had not made any backups of files (for more than a year). Luckily I had given Miguel most of the footage for Episodes 1-4 and the edit files up to that point (the edits I had completed a year previous).
I got the footage he had and would need to go back to the original tapes I had and re-encode all missing footage. One of the problems with that was that several of the tape had been recorded over so some footage was lost permanently. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth I pretty much gave up on the whole thing. You can’t imagine how much time (nor can I) I lost with this disaster. I tried to get the data recovered by sending the hard drive out to a couple of different companies but no one could help. You can read all about the saga through the linked articles below.
Once I done reviewing all these tapes I think I am going to make a goal of sending the camera in for routine maintenance (through Canon). I think it deserves it (and needs it). I might pay to get them to repair the FireWire connection on it. It is loose and sometimes I have a hard time getting a connection.
Season 2 – before the EVENT, being frustrated
Then… The EVENT!
THE EVENT – Click here for First Post
THE EVENT – Click here for Update #2
THE EVENT – Click here for Update #3
THE EVENT – Click here for Update #4
THE EVENT – Click here for Update #5
THE EVENT – Click here for Final Update #6
Then… the Fix!
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 1 – A plan
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 2 – Reviewing tapes for lost footage
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 3 – That tape that won me $500
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 4 – 5 more tapes with stuff on them
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 5 – More tapes reviewed for missing junk
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 6 – Final tape review. Why o why did I reuse tapes?!
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 7 – Only 8 scenes missing.. shoot me already
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 8 – The anatomy of editing a scene
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 9 – Jonathan and the very noisy park
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 10 – Lucky find
Season 2 ‘Fix’ Part 11 – A long time coming
Additional Fix Post 1 – Filling in the gaps
Additional Fix Post 2 – Paul Tygers mows as he goes
Additional Fix Post 3 – The final count of lost scenes
Additional Fix Post 4 – Impromptu day of shooting
Additional Fix Post 5 – Reshoots and pickups