Making of Master PPG 3
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2012 Nov 7
It's off for production! After updating a bunch of stuff from the
review process, including some new voice-overs and animations, the
Master DVD was sent off from the Zebulon Road Post Office Branch
(pictured below) in Macon, GA at around 5pm Tuesday night. The artwork
has been done, is being reviewed, and will go out today once it's past
Thanks to the MANY who helped with various aspects of this,
especially Tim Kaiser and Phil Russman. I worked with some truly
professional pilots along the way and will miss that. Eric Dufour is a
Dynamo, you'd never know that guy is over 50 from his Energy. Michel
Carnet, Mathieu Rouanet and Emilia Plak were also consummate
professionals that were a pleasure to work with. Same with Ryan Shaw--I
wish we could have done more but what I did get will blow your socks
off. That closing chapter is awesome and Ryan and Chad Bastian made it
possible. I feel like the whole community has chipped in, if nothing
else by enduring my intruding camera at so many events.
This has been, by far, my most ambitious project to date with
probably 20 minutes of animation (I spend 5 to 10 hours per minute on
that), many dozens of filming flights with cameras mounted just about
everywhere in positions to best clarify the concept dujour from a dozen
or so very talented pilots.
What a ride. Now on to the final installment (after a break!)--Master
PPG 4: Advanced Landing.
2012 Oct 23
It is finished! This morning was the first time having the entire
video on a disc. It's 1:45 running time making it the longest of the
series although I still have a screening with Phil Russman to go
through. One thing is that I do indulge some fun flying at the
beginnings of some chapters and try to allow an extra 2 to 3 seconds at
the end of important explanations. Monday evening in San Diego then the
next week making adjustments and authoring the DVD which means it will
go out for production around Nov 5.
I was out at Joe Onofrio's Monument Valley fly-in and, thanks to Ryan
Shaw got some truly spectacular footage with my stabilized helmet cam.
What timing. I'm incorporating that footage where it fits. Chad Bastian
joined us for some formation flying, too. Thanks guys! I'm sorry to have
rushed out of there early but, on Saturday, when it became likely there
would be no flying, I wanted to get home to work on the video. I can
feel the end. Back to work.
Finally I'm on the timeline. Starting this was waylaid by the need to
finish another project that should be appearing by Summer 2011. I'm
going to make this slightly more entertaining since, in the realm of
cool flying, I've got a LOT of footage. It will still have in depth
training information and animation but I want to include at least some
of what's possible. I finished the intro and love it. High energy, cool
flying, interesting angles, just plain fun. Mind you, I only spend 30
seconds on this so I'm not wasting your time, but I will add quite a
In this beginning section I've got an awesome animation describing
ground track and the effect that wind has. That sounds simple but the
effect isn't always obvious. It will be after seeing this animation.
Today, sitting here in Boston on an overnight for work, I've got the
first 2 minutes completed. That doesn't sound like a lot but it's just
nice to be "on the timeline" and gitten 'er done.
This is the home stretch. As I write this an animation for Chapter 16
is rendering and I'll be working on Chapter 17 tomorrow (entering and
flying in formation). That'll be some cool stuff including a shot I
can't wait to share of Mathieu Rouanet STANDING on Emilia's cage in
flight. It's a fun shot that, for most of us, would be legicide. It's
Matheiu. Saying "don't do this at home" is like showing Evil Knievel
jumping the grand canyon and warning viewers "don't do this at home."
Mostly the chapter is highly informative with animations that will help
pilots be better at getting into formations safely and QUICKLY. But this
video has a bit more fun to go with it's instructional content. That'
makes a bit longer but also a bit easier to watch than the others. We'll
see how it gets received in screenings.
The end is nigh. I'll have an initial hack at it, all together on one
disc by wed of next week. There are still a very few black holes
(narration needing video) and I plan on improving some of the shots
already there but that should go pretty quick. Then there's fixing what
we find in screening, titling, music, and credits. Finally production
will take about 3 weeks but it's entirely possible, likely even in my
optimistic little mind, that it will be shipping by Thanksgiving.
Of course everything else in my life is taking a back seat while I
spend 10-12 hours every day working on this thing. But that's the way it
goes when completion is in such easy trotting distance.