Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Does Spielberg make movies using Windows software?

Yesterday, to celebrate the near 80-degree high temperature, I took a trip out to the Obed for a little bouldering and trail running. I haven't climbed a thing (other than one unfortunate table) since last summer when I took one $7 trip to the local (plastic) rock gym, so I took it easy and just did a few simple problems for about an hour until my hands were good and raw and I had trouble closing them. Then I changed clothes and, water bottle in one hand and camera in the other, I jogged out the 1.9 mile Point Trail to take in the views and play with my camera a little more.

I'm hoping to start posting the occasional video here, especially when I'm in Wyoming and there are scenes worth sharing, so to that end I recorded a whole bunch of crap yesterday and then spent the entire evening fooling around with Windows Movie Maker editing out the chaff and adding a soundtrack.

But it was all for nothing. Maybe I got ahead of myself, but I couldn't seem to get the whole thing in a format that I could get Blogger, YouTube, or Vimeo to recognize, so the video below is just an unedited clip. It's a shame, too, because I had it all synched up to where the Bob Mould song started right as my foot touched the rock and I had transitions and everything. I was actually amazed at how easy the whole process was, at least until I tried to actually do anything with it. If you want to come over to my apartment, I'd be happy to show you the finished product. Until then, I'll keep working with it, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: Five days later, I figured the whole thing out, so now what you see below is the finished product.

Here's me getting my Narcissus on at the Lilly Boulders:

Lilly Boulders from dennyswaitress on Vimeo.

Sorry about that last thirty seconds or so. I need someone to man the camera. I think they call that a camera man. And I know what you're thinking- "Dude, you're thirty years old. Should you be wearing your hat backwards? Or using the word 'dude'?" I won't dignify the latter, but as for the former, all I have to say is this: It's like turning on a switch.

And if you didn't get that reference, shame on you. Over the Top is, hands down (pun!), the greatest arm wrestling movie ever made. Stallone at his Stalloniest.

Clear Creek from the Point, just before its confluence with the Obed River.


surviving myself said...

Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love.

Over the top is a fucking classic dude.

Erin said...

When do you go to Wyoming? I moved to Utah from the east, and I'm never going back to the other side! But that river looks beautiful.

The Dutchess of Kickball said...

Dude, if you ever stop saying dude, I'll be disappointed.

Allie said...

Look at you, Monkey Boy!

I loved how you disappeared and then came running back in the frame.

nancypearlwannabe said...

Bummer. It said the video was temporarily unavailable. I will have to stop back later to check it out. Please tell me you are arm wrestling a boulder in at least part of it?

Jacob said...




The fact you say dude says you're old. I get made fun of when that kind of language slips my lips in class, not because I'm the adult using the kid vernacular, but because the term is dated now. Kids just don't say that now unless they're being ironic and they aren't ironic much anymore. That's kind of our thing too.

I'd probably agree with the hat backwards thing though.

Jacob said...

And I've had the same issue with movie maker in the past. I didn't have time to root around for a solution, so I can't help you with any advice. I just wanted to let you know that not being able to figure it out doesn't make you any more retarded than me.

ck said...

nice traverse! if your hat was forward, would your forearms lose all their strength? it'd been even more monkey like if you had jumped for that tree in the foreground and shimmied down. that's what i used to do when i got on top of boulders.

DailyNewsie said...

Very nice, and what a gorgeous view! (The nature view, not your ass.) I would love to see more pictures and videos -- I'm trying to do the same with my blog. Also, Lilly Boulders would be a great porn star name.

Julie said...

You don't have to feel bad about the last 30 seconds. You did hustle back and that counts.

I did not get your reference. Dude, I am uncool!

Imagine the videos you will send us from Wyoming.

Stefanie said...

OK, that was way more impressive than the tabling. That takes some unquestionable skill.

Courtney said...


mongoliangirl said...

That was amazing! Seriously! I think I have a severe head wound just from watching that. I hope you will post more vids.

em said...

It's like watching spider man!

The Modern Gal said...


I'm glad I waited nearly two weeks to read this post so I could see the finished video. Your bouldering skills are second to none that I know of.

max. said...

dude. that was a nice traverse.

check this out:

shot it a month ago with Lara Souza for the Sentinel. we didn't know the name of that problem. is it Narcissus?

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