I remember when “camcorders” first became widely available to the average consumer in the mid 80s. Remember those honkin’-huge shoulder cams that recorded straight onto VHS tapes? You felt (and looked) like a News Channel 5 cameraman hauling that thing around, peering into the black and white viewfinder.
We’ve come a long way, though. Now you can film in HD with a camera the size of a pack Marlboro 100s.
I knew we’d be capturing a ton of video on this trip and that it would eventually be edited into a documentary (more on that in a bit). At the same time, I’d been messing around with the Flip Ultra HD camcorder, a tiny little guy that produces amazing results in made-for-web video. The fact that it fit in a shirt pocket didn’t hurt either.
So I bought a half dozen of these relatively inexpensive guys before we hit the road. The idea was that everyone on the crew could have a camera with them at all times to capture all aspects of RunTellmanRun. This would lend the final documentary an intimate, do-it-yourself atmosphere that an audience could connect with. That appealed to me.
Having Flip Ultra HD camcorders at our fingertips every waking moment, we recorded a little bit of everything. When Ben shaved his beard in the hotel bathroom somewhere in Pennsylvania, Luke got it all on camera. When we toured the Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania, the Flip was along for the ride. And for better or worse, those little cameras captured all of my moods and emotions while running almost 600 barefoot miles.
All that footage was being fed to Sara, our offside editor who absolutely kills it on FinalCut. She organized and compiled it all and she’s in the thick of editing up the documentary. She should have a rough draft ready by early next week (if you were one of the backers of our Kickstarter fund, you’ll get a link to that rough cut).
We also sent a few Flip Ultra HD camcorders to our friends at the Stepping Stone youth shelter in State College, PA. They’ll be using them to document the process as they remodel their outdated kitchens with the $10,000 supplied by your donations.
And that’s the story of our Flips, our documentary, and our quest to help homeless youth in America.