Another rather pointless post, I think. But not one without a purpose.
Does anyone care to know how I go about doing one of these Rematches? Probably not, but no one wanted Federal Express when it was merely an idea. So, I'll write it up and anyone interested can read about it. Writing this has helped me discover how I do these things, so that maybe I can plan a reasonable number of Rematches to add. I can tell you that I'll have only one Rematch working at a time from now on!
The Remake Rematch Process
I'm using the 3:10 to Yuma
rematch as an example because it was quick, and I made some graphics that might work if re-purposed here.
This graphic is one created for the 3:10 to Yuma
Weematch, as I called it, because of the reduced number of essays and tech posts I set for myself. It appears in the 2007 review without explanation. As I wrote this post I realized that I skipped two important steps when I made that graphic, but, of course, I wasn't making it for exactly the same purpose it's taken on here!
was to decide whether I wanted to consider the Rematch. There's no graphic I could think of to represent that process. I guess I could have used my little brain icon.
I ordered the book and two DVDs through the local library system, and went to pick them up when they arrived at the requested branch.
was to read the source material. In this case (blessedly) a short story. I read it in order to decide whether I'd like to take the trouble for a Rematch scale project, because I wasn't sure. I liked the short story, and already had the two DVDs, so I watched them. That was all part of Step One, as a matter of fact. Read the source material (if I haven't read it already) and then see the movies made from it. I realized that I would like to make a Weematch from these films, so I went to Step Two.
was to watch the first film a second time, the original film adaptation of the short story, while scribbling a lot of notes by hand. Obviously, this required stopping and starting the film a lot.
was to watch the remake, again, while taking a lot of notes. All the viewings to this point were on my TV screen.
The Step with no Number
At this point, in a step not noted in the top graphic, I decided on possible topics for the six essays I was allowing myself. I created the bbcode text file in which all the posts are always initially created and put together before I post to the board.
I have to get some idea of what I want to write about to guide me in grabbing frames from each movie. So I scribbled down my ideas, and then selected what I thought I could do. I wrote out a note sheet to keep track of where I was (now marked up because the Weematch is complete) and put together the first post of the Weematch, which was the technical information post about where people could get copies of the films to watch. This was calculated to buy me some time to write essays and stuff, and make graphics for them. Then I went to the next steps.
Here's that top graphic again so you don't have to scroll up to keep track of where we are in it:
shifted the base of DVD operations to the computer. I loaded up the original film DVD in VLC player and watched it a third time while grabbing many stills that I might use in creating graphics for the Weematch. About two hours and 1,373 vlcsnap files later, I was done with that step.
was to repeat the same process for the remake. In this case I pulled 2,379 frames from the longer film. But there's a lot of action in that movie, so in many cases I was grabbing stills as fast as I could press shift-s in order to try to get something usable out of a group of 5-10 grabs.
Graphics Builds...Text Construction...Posting...Inserting Links
Another step, or set of steps, actually, without numbers. With the framegrabs complete, and the essays being written, I was able to create graphics as needed. Of course I sometimes have to turn to graphics that I can swipe from the internet in order to fill in. I usually do all the banner graphics for reviews and essay posts first. But the general procedure is basically write a text block--Photoshop--rewrite--test post in the Crew thread (with extra Photoshopping if the wall 'o words needs to be broken up and boldfaced subheads won't do the job)--and post to the Remake Rematch thread. It's at this point that I ignroe typos if necessary.
The review posts may or may not have been done at this time. I was able to work on everything, all the essays, the reviews, searching for internet sources, and so forth. The first essay post was about the scores, because it didn't need much in the way of extra graphics.
I needed quotations for one of the planned technical posts, and didn't find some of my favorites ready to copy and paste on the 'net, so I coupled pulling quotations with reviewing the films to refresh my memory of fine points for the essays.
was to read the short story again and type up sections that I thought I might want to quote in further essays. Plus, I added to my hand-written notes and even wrote some sections of pending essays that were about the short story.
had me watching the film again on the TV, making notes and scribbling down good quotes from the movie, plus I thought of points to make in the developing essays.
was to repeat this process with the remake, and continue to tweak my ideas in writing.
Once those last viewings were completed I finished the graphics and essays that were still pending.
So, the Timeline Was...?
I started considering the Weematch in late March 2012, decided to do it on the 28th, and completed it on May 1st after dumping the final essay I had planned because it seemed to contain nothing that I hadn't said in other essays or the reviews. I already had it completely written, of course.
I didn't post anything to the Rematch thread until April 12th. The first essay went up April 21st. The reviews on the 24th and 28th. And then the rest of the posts afterward. The essays grew very long, because I was trying to include ideas that could have been broken into the usual 11-16 essays, but I was "limiting myself" so to speak.
I've Got to Be Careful!
I calculated the elapsed time I've spent on this thread since it began, in order to complete 9 Rematches (assuming completion of the Falcon Rematch by August 14th). It's been 555 days since I began the thread. That's an average of 61.6 days elapsed for each Rematch.
But that doesn't include the time to design graphics from scratch for the entire thread, so it's the actual time for writing, grabbing frames and posting each rematch. Yet, that nine includes three Rematches that were already built in 2008, and I was mostly reposting those!
The Yuma Weematch took only 35 days, but the rest have taken more time. In fact, completing the pending ones has been running 4 hobby weeks apiece. So, with an average time of 8.8 weeks to do each one, and my only Weematch taking a little over half that, I figure estimating at least 6 weeks each is a safe minimum to plan with. For that reason I've got to be sure that I'm picking films that I can live with for that long. Any that I really dislike simply won't work for Rematches. A mild dislike, such as that for the Burton Apes
flick or the 2008 remangle of The Day the Earth Stood Still
is okay. I can stand that.
If you read this far, I'm grateful. That's for both the thread and this post.