The Long and The Short of It

The 40th anniversary of the first man to walk on the moon is a big deal in my book (and other space nerds like me), so it deserves two blog posts. Well, it’s not exactly about the moon landing, but the story of everything that came before it:

Last night, Turner Classic Movies aired a movie called The Right Stuff, which I have seen many, many times. It chronicles the story of the “Mercury 7” astronauts. These were the first Americans chosen to be part of the space program, and their names became legendary as man continued to explore space. Among them were former test pilots and other well-decorated military personel, such as Alan Shepherd (the first American in space) and John Glenn (the first American to orbit the Earth, and later a U.S. Senator).

Anyway, the movie chronicles everything from the pilot who first broke the sound barrier (Chuck Yeager, who was not among the Mercury 7), through the Mercury missions, which paved the way for the Gemini and Apollo programs to come later. It’s based on a true story, and definitely sticks to the facts most of the time (much more than most “true” stories). But of course, it takes a little bit of poetic Hollywood license for some of the minor details, especially when it comes to the interactions and anecdotes between the astronauts.

I love the movie, mostly because I’m a nerd about this stuff, but it is a little bit long (especially when you have to get up for work the next day). At more than three hours, there are plenty of parts that could be taken out, or at least shortened. Now, obviously, this is an epic story that needs plenty of detail, and the movie earned plenty of positive reviews and acclaim. But there are a few parts that I can pinpoint that could be drastically shortened or cut altogether.

Here at DDA, that’s never a problem with our high definition video production services. When our video experts embark on a new project, they map everything out with the client down to the smallest stage direction. And if it’s more of an on-site production — meaning we shoot first and edit later — the video crew makes doubly sure to gather more than enough footage, then edits it down to fit each client’s specific needs. This was actually the case with a video that I helped shoot a few months back for a New York City emergency room. We actually proposed a video of roughly two minutes, but ended up with one that times out at nearly three minutes. That’s because we received plenty of help from the client, and filmed a ton of great material during our trip to the Big Apple.  Our video experts (and microphone holders like me) are ready and willing to adjust on the fly.

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