[pct-l] PCT 2003 DVD
weathercarrot at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 3 18:27:40 CST 2006
It looks like I'll be putting together the PCT class of 2003 DVD. For those
on pct-l who haven't heard about it, I'm including a message I sent to the
2003 yahoo group a few weeks ago. It explains everything, but long story
short - I'd like to try and make this represent the entire season as much as
possible with contributions from many people. So if you have ANY material at
all from 2003 (photos, video, audio, etc), it could be usable on the DVD.
The more I have to choose from the more creative I can be with the
combinations. I'm also looking for ideas and suggestions for the soundtrack
(or to put it more acurately - I'm desperate - I only have one song picked
out so far). All the details are below. Also, feel free to forward this to
other people you knew in 2003. Hope to hear from you soon.
I know this message is long, but I hope youll stick it out to the end
When I attended Belcher and Navigators wedding last year, the premise of a
PCT DVD for each years class was starting to establish itself. The one for
2004 had been completed, and Whistler and H were on their way to making one
for 2005. So at the wedding, we talked a little about the idea of a class
video for 2003, and Northerner expressed an interest in doing it.
This past weekend I attended the ALDHA (east) Gathering, and was surprised
to see that about 14 members of the class of 2003 were there (plus Squatch
and Monte Dodge, who I thought Id never see east of the Mississippi).
During one of those days, I had lunch (or dinner) with Squatch, Yogi,
Teatree, Wookie, and others, and again the subject of a DVD came up.
Teatree mentioned that Northerner would not be able to do it, and by the end
of the meal I was basically being asked to take it on (and I was offering to
do it at the same time because Ive been craving the creativity of another
project like this). At the end of the weekend I had also talked to most of
the other 03-ers who were there (including Walt Radney , Roni, and Mother
Natures Son), and they all seemed excited by it and were intending to send
in photos. The premise has been that someone from each class should be
doing each DVD, and since I didnt hike any of the PCT in 2003, I was
concerned that I may not be familiar enough with everything unique to that
group, but they seemed to think that that wasnt an issue. And when I think
about it, Im surprised by how many 03ers Ive met and talked with in the
past three years.
By the time the Gathering was a day or two behind me, the scale of this
really started to sink in. This would be a solid six month project,
starting with the collection of photos and video, several weeks of sorting
that material into a preliminary outline, the creation of a soundtrack, a
month of final editing, compiling a data base of mailing addresses for
everyone who was out there in some form of long-distance capacity (whether
they did the entire trail or not), and finally duplication and shipping the
finished DVD as a free gift to the class of 2003
. And all of this in time
for the kickoff next April.
So basically, this all needs to start happening right now, and this e-mail
to the 03 Yahoo group is the first step. Here are some specifics on what I
need help with:
The main thing is that I need as many photos and as much video as possible.
The more I receive, the more of a representation of the entire season this
can be, from earliest to the latest northbounders, as well as southbounders,
flip floppers and any other directional combination.
Im looking for digital photos in a jpeg format, at a relatively high
resolution (preferably larger than 1600x1200). High resolution allows me
more flexibility in the pan and zoom movements. If all you have are smaller
sizes, you can send it anyway, and Ill see if I can use them. Also, keep in
mind that I generally cant use images from Trail Journals, because they are
I know that in 2003, many people were carrying film cameras. Unfortunately,
Im not going to be in a position where I can scan prints, slides, or
negatives, so it would be great if you can have that stage taken care of
already. To cut down on time, one possibility would be to sort through your
prints and slides and pick out what youd consider the best, and scan just
those (300 dpi or higher). For those who are unable to scan any prints at
all, are there volunteers who could do that?
Im happy to receive as many shots as youre willing to send. Shipping a CD
is much more practical for me than via e-mail, unless youre submitting less
than about 20 images. Also, I have a 20 megabyte limit for incoming
attachments per message.
As far as subject matter, anything can potentially qualify, whether it
involves the human element or not. Group photos, landscape shots, candid
shots, goofy/silly shots, wildlife, flowers, towns, host families, trail
angels, clouds, rain, abstract artsy shots, etc etc.
And video too. If its already on a CD or DVD, I can use it. If it is still
on the original tape (mini DV, 8mm, or whatever) and nowhere else, see if
you can get it into a file format I can edit (just by transfering it from
the tape to the computer and then burning onto disk should put it into a
usable format). If thats an issue, let me know and we can figure something
I need all of this material in my hands as soon as possible. If it can be
coming in steadily over the next 8 weeks, with a deadline of December 15th,
that would be awesome. My logistical situation and access to computers is
limited, so I can only pull this off by doing each stage of the project
within specific periods of time.
The address here is:
Blackburn Trail Center
34899 Appalachian Trail Road
Round Hill, VA 20141
Im only here until mid December, and it would be best to receive everything
well before that so I can have much of it sorted by the time I leave.
There are two other major components of this project I need help with right
away. The first is music. My own collection was totally picked through to
create the soundtracks for the AT, PCT 04, and ALDHA videos. Theres very
little left that would work well. So I need lots of suggestions, including
song/artist/album names. Im most interested in instrumental stuff. Only a
few of the songs will have lyrics. Movie soundtracks are a great source of
the kind of music Im looking for. The PCT 04 DVD had music from the films
Baraka, Winged Migration, 1492 Conquest of Paradise, Antarctica,
Gladiator, and Whale Rider. Any help at all would be much appreciated. The
soundtrack is by far the most difficult part of the project, and so far I
have no music picked out. And if youre feeling extra motivated, feel free
to compile a CD or two of possibilities.
The last item I need to mention is the database of mailing addresses. I know
theres a spreadsheet of contact info, and there are several dozen people on
this list, but Id like to make this as all-inclusive as possible and track
down as many people who were out there, which means updating and expanding
what we have now. Ideally this would mean tracking down somewhere between
200 and 300 people. So feel free to forward this to anyone you know who may
not be on the yahoo group, and ask them to forward it on to everyone they
know, and so on. Ill also start picking my way through the spreadsheet one
person at a time. This process worked well for 2004 and 2005. This past July
I took over distribution of Whistler and Hs 2005 DVD, and within a four
week period I had current street addresses for 250 members of the class of
2005, and they all received a DVD. I would be happy to repeat that process
here, because this is worth while, fun, and everyone benefits. Thanks for
being out there and I hope to hear from you soon. Take care,
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