This 3-minute excerpt shows a glimpse of West African Tribal life as it was before Civil War ravaged small tribes such as this one a few years later. The project came to me as several small reels of super 8 film and a handful of audio cassettes. After converting everything to digital, I made a initial reference DVD of the silent film, as well as audio CDs from the cassettes.
After a thorough review of both by the film maker, I had instructions to combine the appropriate segments of sound and picture. Up until that point I had found both recordings to be interesting, but a bit too chaotic and seemingly random to make a deeper impression. That all changed when sound met picture. The footage came to life much more vividly than I had expected. What had seemed like exotic but otherwise typical amateur recordings had suddenly transformed into living history. After some experimentation with placement and editing, the somewhat distorted and jumbled sound that I had found difficult to listen to now seemed to fit right in as if it was recorded that way.
The client was thrilled to know that she could narrate the film in real time while watching it, so she prepared notes from from the DVD and her own diaries. A lot of customers initially think it would be too elaborate or fancy to narrate their old home movies, but it's easy to do and is the most effective and personal way to transform the silent images from an entertaining curiosity into a meaningful experience. Such candid and colorful narration makes the people and places real again. This excerpt, like most of the complete 45 minute piece, contains examples of unique historic and cultural value, interspersed with the more personal story of the filmmaker and her dear departed friends.

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