Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Clips!

I've been transferring a lot of film and a few videotapes over the last week. Much of this was to catch up after taking some classes on whatnot. In any case, after dubbing the U-Matic of my friend's pastor's ordination in 1975 (which had the upside of seeing this happen in a beautiful old cathedral but had the downside of realizing that guitar Mass was beginning to happen that early), I did some films for a guy on the southside of town, and two more films for a Russian friend of mine at my day job. Interesting stuff...

But then I got to delve into a project that I've been dying to do for quite awhile: The old family films of my dad's cousin. These have my dad on there at a very young age, and I believe there are some on there that have my great grandfather on them, too. Well worth it for this alone.

But the first one that I transferred from this group, I believe, had my great aunt on it. Sr. Petrona was a nun in the Congregation of St. Agnes, and she passed away in 2001. There were so many qualities about her that reminded me of my grandmother, but equally as important, she was always an excellent example for me in my faith. I've told people on more than one occasion, that while I listen to a lot of harder music, my "main influences" were my parents, both grandmothers, Sr. Petrona, Msgr. Tim Doody, and Fr. Joseph Hammes (and to a lesser extent, Fr. Matthew Spebar - I was about seven or eight when he passed away). These were the people who formed me in my faith, and helped me become the person I am today. Don't get me wrong; I love bands like Motorhead, but Lemmy (bassist/vocalist) never once gave me good advice. Granted I didn't actually know him, but still, the other people I listed really helped me to become the person I am today.

But I digress...

In any case, I found some footage of Sr. Petrona, and I hope to be able to work in into a clip or two. I mean, it's going to be transferred either way, but why not use it for something more?

The other thing that I found were a bunch of commercially made films. I haven't went through all of them, but I did go through the Castle Films Newsreel from 1946. There's some nice footage of Venerable Pius XII holding a consistory to elevate 32 archbishops to Cardinal. Among them, I believe, was Cardinal Spellman of New York, a man for whom I hold in high regard with much admiration. There's not much film of it, but enough to make a small clip to play in between shows. There are a few other of these commercial films I need to go through, and not all of them will be worthwhile I'm sure, but whatever else I can find I will transfer and edit into something useful for Mater Dei Television.

Until next time...

Chuck, MI

No comments: