Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What HAVE I been doing, anyway?

Yeah, it's probably time for an update. While it doesn't seem like there's been much going on, there has. Believe me.

  • First and foremost is the documentary I'm researching on the incompatibilities of Catholicism and Socialism. Lots of heavy reading has been going in on that one, but three encyclicals from Pope Leo XIII and one from Pope Pius XI, as well as one from Pope John Paul II I'm not through with yet, I'd say that things are coming along well. Questions for interviews are being formulated and ideas for who and what I want to videotape are beginning to come to mind. It's beginning to come together, although slowly, but it will be well worth it and very timely when all is said and done.
  • The idea for putting together some scola programs are beginning to also be formulated, along with more general devotionals like rosaries and whatnot. The equipment is being purchased or obtained via Freecycle, Craigslist, or thrift shops and a program of this nature with a very basic stereo audio setup can be produced very soon. Ideally, a new audio board would be purchased so more channels of audio and more mics can be used to produce these kind of programs, especially those which are more musical in nature.
  • A projector has been purchased secondhanded and some replacement belts and tires have been ordered, but this one is a little more of a risk since it's not a true telecine projector. In order to get a flicker free transfer, it will need to be plugged into a variac so the voltage can be varied and thus the speed of the projector tweaked so that the camera won't pick up the flicker from the projector while the film is being transferred. While this can work for silent films, whether or not it will work with sound films still remains to be seen. Fortunately, speed can be varied with software if necessary and what we need to have done may be able to be accomplished. Either way, the investment is minimal, so if it doesn't work we're not out that much.
So, that's where we stand for the time being. While it might not look like it we have been busy. I'll keep you posted on further updates as they happen.

Stay Tuned!

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