In the summer of 1995, I was 18 and I'd just graduated from high school. I got a video camera as a graduation present and wanted to be a filmmaker.
Now going through this footage and making a series of short videos has distracted me from blogging. So I will share the videos here on my blog for those of you who aren't seeing my Facebook link posts.
Tower Kids 1: Going on a walk with my friends Jonathan, Rick & Leah. Destination was the Fresno Center for Nonviolence where the LGBTQ youth group met.
Tower Kids 2: A video collage of the Tower District, including hanging out at Java Cafe, Tower Drug, and the incredibly cool blue house I lived in with my mom & brother that has since burned down.
No One's Watching: More video collage of the Tower kids. This song makes me think of that time period and the questioning, challenging, discovery and self-consciousness of youth.
Tower Kids 3: More video collage of that summer. I think my editing skills are improving. I got a lot of happy accidents and perfect moments working on this one. (And I have always wanted to use this song for these videos!)
I'm learning a lot as I go through this process about video editing. I do need a new way to get the videos off the camera and on to my laptop. Right now I am pulling them off the camera by recording the video into a file on a desktop PC and then burning them to disc and converting them using a program called handbrake on my mac laptop. I figured out that the sound and video quality is going down significantly in the recording process on the PC, so I am looking for a new method. What I need is a way to plug the camera via USB into one of my mac laptops somehow. I found a cord that theoretically fit to connect them but my laptop didn't recognize the device. Maybe someone out there in Blogger reading land has some advice for me...
I am also reconnecting with people I have lost touch with since then. After 14 years of losing touch because of a falling out/misunderstanding/accident of youthful stupidity, I now only have two more weeks of wait till I see someone again who was one of my best friends: so close, so adored. I kind of want to dance around my house with happiness and giddy glee. Often seen with a serious (or maybe worried?) look on his face, but he was also extremely silly and I found a bit of footage of him getting a bit crazy off some caffeine. The sound quality is not great, like I said, but this still makes me laugh (and yes that is me laughing in the video)...
(I'm hoping he'll forgive me for posting this all over the internet!)