The Story of Scott Joplin
Calculated risk to put up a rough cut, but this is an important work in progress at this moment. While the content is complete, I am awaiting input from the author before re-recording the very rough narration, and then will tweak timings, sync and probably replace some graphics and such. A good programmer, or video maker, doesn’t spend time polishing until the client has signed off on the content and general treatment.
This will be in two versions. One, as seen here in the video, for instructor led use with menus. The other will be for on demand individual instruction with frequent checks on learning, a pre and post test.
The piece is targeted at elementary school students. It isn’t my first rodeo, as I produced some 300 pieces of K-12 materials in one of my first jobs many years ago. It is the story of Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime. The author has agreed to let my non-profit Regional Music Heritage Center use it as part of our educational mission to area students. It will be followed by a piece for use in secondary and post-secondary education called “Fountainhead of American Music.”
This is one of 46 “TechTips” produced for use at pre-tour safety meetings. It was not intended to be training, but a refresher for those who had passed the interactive online training on the same topic. Generally taking no more than a day to produce, the series used ILT staff that the rig personnel knew already and they worked largely extemporaneously from bare outlines. I found that the field workers responded better to “folks like them” than to professional, polished narrators. The video would serve as a refresher and when used along with Quick Reference Cards covering the procedure ensured field compliance with safety protocols and procedures. By the time this was produced in 2012 I had a full professional staff for video including 3D, technical writers, videographers, editors, and graphics. All productions were under my design and supervision. The intro was standard for the “TechTips” series, and the credits standard for all productions. This version is at 720p so as to ensure smooth playback on low bandwidth connections. By this time, I’d acquired 4k acquisition for my video group, as it immediately provided for more efficiency by allowing zoom and pan and scan without visible deterioration, as well as providing future proofing for our work.
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This is purely personal “work.” However, it shows some of my volunteer efforts in my home city to preserve landmarks. These are as high quality HD as the site allows, so you will need a good bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps to view without hesitation. Both are short, about 5 minutes, and involve music. High quality speakers or headphones will improve the experience.
The first one was a collaborative effort involving the performers of the song, a superb local drone owner/operator, and my own work in producing and editing the piece for my Regional Music Heritage Center. It’s an optimistic piece concerning the good things going on in our old central business district and the city as a whole. That hulk of a hotel shown a couple of times and during the end sequence is receiving a 30 million dollar overhaul. I envisioned this work on first hearing the great song “Texarkana” by the Mood Kings.
The second one is a bit more critical of what is not being done. All of it, except for Donald Grant’s extraordinary “Lament for Mulroy,” is my own work. It was all produced from stills I shot using pan and scan techniques. It was inspired from the moment I heard this great piece of music. I am known for my work synchronizing visuals and music and it is both part of my professional skills and also a hobby.
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