If anyone ever tells you that making a home movie is as easy as pie, drop what you’re doing, point at the person and then yell at the top of your voice:


Those ads that sell you PCs or software that promise to help you CHURN OUT home movies? LIES!

Salespeople who say, “Oh this machine has all the stuff you need to make professional-looking videos”? MORE LIES!

There is no such thing, unless you want 30 minutes of blurry footage of you adjusting the focus on your videocam, along with unedited ‘surprise’ videos that may be illegal in some countries, then yea. If you want good videos, lots of time, lots of effort, lots of knowhow is what you need.

I’m at the library now (Sky is at home and Rae is spending the day at my friend Eileen’s house, mom of Rae’s school friend Kyle for a playdate – you’re a lifesaver, Eileen!) so I could have a few hours of peace and quiet (or as Rae likes to put it, ‘pizza and quiet!’) to put the finishing touches to my 25-minute tribute video of our preschool.

And for such a short thing, this project took approx. 1.5 mths to complete from start to finish. After five days of back-to-back shooting at the school, Lokes and I had to deal with technical problems getting the videos to download from the videocam tapes to my notebook so I could do the post-production, without taking, like, a hundred years. And then there was the flow of the video to think of, and to do that, I went through FOUR DV TAPES, which is approx. 240 minutes of footage, and then labelling each clip with Windows Movie Maker, with each child and parent’s name so I knew which clip to put where. The easiest part was getting suitable music (thanks Kristy!) and the most enjoyable part, I’d say, was just using WMM to put it all together. Otherwise, it’s just one looooooooong boring process.

Well I’m glad it’s almost over. Now I just need two hours to compile and publish it.



Ps. I just realised that Rae’s teacher had just indirectly said on film that Rae talks too much.

Rae has SO MUCH information to share, there are just not enough minutes in the day!!” were her exact words.

Well the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say. I remember when I was in school like a million years ago, when the teacher left prefects in charge of the class, and they would write “TALKING” on the blackboard under which the prefects were to write down the names of students who had problems keeping quiet. My name was almost always first.

Until I was made Assistant Class Monitor one year.

Smart teacher, that one.