Wandel’s is still a work-in-progress, expected to be completed by early summer.
HD footage was shot using a Canon SX-220HS and edited into a rough cut in 2012, and it kind of sat on the shelf while I started filming BSV 1172, and as I was overhauling Mondomark.com from a straight blog site to a professional C.V. this month, I thought an extract could be added to the revised site’s section on Films.
The final version of Wandel’s won’t feature any music – just elaborate sound design – but I cut down the short’s second half to match the cue’s length. Apparently the garden’s flowers are arranged so summer yields waves of colours – something I’ve always wanted to see in its peak form. Ottawa has the annual Tulip Festival, but Fred’s brilliant work shows some of the great talent thriving in the area.
"The Magic Beta Case" is a bonus short-short originally tied to my 2013 review of the 1988 Betamax release of "No Man's Land" (kqek.com/mobile/?p=7443), and "Rewind This! (kqek.com/mobile/?p=7449) a 2013 documentary on VHS collecting.
Made by Big Head Amusements for KQEK.com, the short film recreates a banal industrial video, and was filmed using a 1985 Panasonic WV-6000 S1 three-Newvicon tube video camera, and recorded directly to VHS. Although edited in Adobe Premiere, with the exception of dissolves, no colour corrections or digital effects have been applied to the footage. Even the rudimentary Main and End Credits (the text) were created in-camera.
A short bonus video meant to accompany my film review at KQEK.com of Bobby Roth's forgotten drama "Heartbreakers" (1984) starring Peter Coyote, Nick Mancuso, Kathryn Harrold, and Carole Laure, with a bouncy synth score by Tangerine Dream.
The video stems from my extreme disappointment in discovering my lovely Sony SL HF860D would not eject my Betamax copy of the film, after I went to the trouble of cleaning the heads after a long period of disuse. I had to pull out the machine and crack it open, and figure out how to 'gently' extricate the tape, given the movie remains unavailable on DVD.
Video was shot using a Canon SX220-HS, edited on Adobe Premiere, with retro colours and titles.