With one week to go to completion, things are coming together. The film is done! But it is still with the Carleton Media Centre. I just have to go and pick it up. I have bought a hard drive, and a large and a small USB Flashdrive to put the film onto for submission to my supervisors, Drs. Miller and Walsh, as well as Dr. David Dean who will be the third reviewer.
I have made quite good progress on the accompanying Reflection paper as well. So all is on target to complete everything (including a 3-part paper for another historiography course) by next Thursday. I’m making better progress now that John (husband) has gone off on his big post-retirement trip to reconnect with all the old buddies scattered around Ontario. With a quiet house I have time to focus (although it’s very tempting to get out into the sun after the really appalling winter we had.)
I think the light is at the end of the tunnel – at least for the film. I was in the edit suites for the whole day yesterday putting some final touches on the film and making a 3-minute trailer. I realized once I got home that I need to make another edit to the credits, but I was going to have to go in again anyway. The media guys apparently do a sound levelling assessment, so I will need to go in to listen to that.
I also need to buy myself some portable storage media. The complete high resolution film requires 30 Gb of storage, and even the compressed “Youtube” version is 4.6 Gb. As well, if I want to keep the entire project as an editable library, I need a 500 Gb hard drive. So I have some purchases to make.
Meanwhile, I’ve made a bit more progress on the Reflective Essay and have been writing about James C. Scott’s “hidden transcripts” from the book loaned to me by Dr. Walsh entitled Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts. I’m planning this weekend to spend some time looking at the book that Dr. Miller suggested, Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. My challenge over the next week is going to be getting time to myself to work: John (my partner) retired as of yesterday and his presence around the house is a distraction. I guess it’s just a lucky thing that he didn’t retire last September.