Saturday, November 18, 2006

"The Good Fight"

Here's a little video scrapbook of Election night...a sort of happy, bittersweet memory. It's a bit of an exercise in video effects editing and musical scoring that I wanted to put together in advance of a more comprehensive video that I'd like to create at some point.

If you were there that night, or if you worked/supported the campaign, this might even bring a tear to your eye. The music is sort of a "Field of Dreams" sentimental score. I got it from an automated scoring program called "SmartSounds", and it makes adding appropriate (and royalty-free) music to your video very easy. Let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

Bob, it did bring tears, but it also brought back good memories as well! It was a good fight with good people!!! Just remember, Joe had 18 years for voters to know him, Ned only had 10 months and the magnitude of what he was able to accomplish in less than a year was remarkable!

A friend of mine wrote this wonderful letter re. Ned and his campaign volunteers and I believe the following part is a testimony to you and all the other bloggers as well!

"a soft-spoken and self-effacing citizen from Connecticut had the courage, the clarity of moral purpose, and the outrageous and wonderful audacity to say “If my elected representatives will not challenge the President on his failed policies then I will.” And, miraculously, a small army of CT citizens fell in behind him, betting on the longest of longshots. You challenged the leaders of your own party and won, and then were confronted with the prospect of challenging both major political parties in this country simultaneously, a monumental challenge from which you never flinched. In many respects it was the most remarkable political achievement in our lifetimes. As a result, control of Congress has shifted, there is renewed hope for our troops in Iraq, and the principle architect of the immoral and failed policy in Iraq has been removed from office."

CT Bob said...

Harriet, great letter. That really summed up what happened.

And I was worried the video might be too sentimental; I pretty much threw it together late last night, but I was so excited about trying out that scoring software that I decided to put it online.

For my videos, I'm going to have a lot more leeway to be creative. The "deadline" syndrome is finally gone now that the election is over; I can take time and really work to make my videos into something I'll like creatively.

That's not to say I'm not thoroughly proud of the work I did during the campaign; there's something wonderful about the scowl that Joe started pouting every time he saw me. But now I can do what I started getting into video for, which is to return to creative "movie making".

Anonymous said...

BA - Even me - (a "fucking assholed" to use your words) can't poke fun at your video. You obviously invested a lot in the campaign. I know how that feels. I've been at this for 20 years.

CT Bob said...

"ned_op", thanks. I really appreciate that.

Did I really call you an "assholed"? I don't think I've ever used that word before; but maybe in a fit of creative pique I hit a "d" when I didn't mean to.

Actually, I kind of like that word. It's different. I always look for ways to be creative when I insult somebody. LOL.

Anyway, that's totally beside the point. It's cool that you watched the video, and saw reason to acknowledge my effort. For those of us who were there, it was special.

bookwoman said...

Dear Bob,
Thank you for this video that reminds us all how important the "Lamont Season" has been.

Although it didn't end the way we all hoped, Ned "started the fire" that pushed this country in the correct (I won't say right) direction.

Again, my deepest thanks for all you did throughout the campaign.

Best wishes. I know there's so much more to come. We have just begun....

Anonymous said...

that was a nice video bob. as a student, i cant help but think one day ill see ned lamont in a history textbook.

gchaucer2 said...

ned-opp -- Nice comment and a gutsy one at that.

Sorry, Bob, I'm landlined and can't view, but I am sure it is a video that captures the heart of the campaign.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Bob.

I'll always be proud to have "painted" a few boats for Ned. And you can be proud of all the work you put into this site and Ned's unofficial people-powered campaign.