This story represents 21 years of digital multimedia history.
This was one of my first digital storytelling projects. There has been a great deal of technological (bandwidth and resolution) development since this was first produced in 1993, but this story still resonates with me. This project was re-edited in 2011.
"The Last to Work the Land" is a personality profile of Ohio dairy farmer Bill Hines. This story was part of a larger multimedia documentary project called "A Vanishing Heritage, Appalachia." This documentary project was designed to record the unique history and tradition of the people of the Appalachian Mountains. The project was distributed via CD-rom; this type of project was too large to be moved via the Internet.
It is very humbling to put this up on Vimeo; digital technology and cameras have come so far since the era in which this was shot and produced. So please be kind as I share this very early digital delivery story.
For some multimedia history, here is a list of some of the equipment used on this project in 1993:
Film cameras, Canon F-1 and T-90
Kodak black & white Tri-X film,
Each frame hand scanned
Resolution 640 x 480, 256 colors, low-res scans due to slow computer processing speeds
Analog audio recorders
Adobe Premiere 2.0
MacroMind Director used to create interactivity on the CD-Rom