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Spring Movie finally complete, new words, birthday coming up

We finally finished up our Spring 2003 movie project. It takes a while, as we had about an hour and a half of footage to distill down to less than 30 minutes. This is pretty typical. With iMovie, we let the camera roll in hopes of capturing some good action, then just cut out the stuff that we'd just fast forward through anyway. We can also zoom and pan "live" and then edit those parts out to keep things from making the viewer dizzy.

Of course, we add titles, transitions, effects (rarely), and sound tracks. Anna is our key audio post-production expert. Then we need to use iDVD to put all of the pieces together and menus, chapter markers, animations, and so on. Finally, we start producing the half-dozen or so copies.

Nathan loves to watch the family videos. He also loves photographs that include him. Other photos just make him bored. Last night I put on the family video rather than the TeleTubbies DVD that he had requested. What a mistake. I turned of the TV when dinner was ready, and he fussed and cried and tried to pull me out of my chair (to turn the TV back on) for a good twenty minutes. So the Spring movie passes the Nathan test!

Katherine's sixteenth birthday is coming up next week, and plans are underway. Of course, I cannot post anything here yet without ruining any surprises.

Nathan's vocabulary is growing. He sure likes trains, and a good portion of his vocabulary centers around trains: choo-choo, caboose, box car, cow catcher, track, Thomas, tunnel, gate, whoo-whoo, and probably more that I've forgotten. Aunt Lauren gave him a Thomas wooden railroad set last year, and it is still a daily hit!

Posted: Sun - October 12, 2003 at 12:41 PM