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Day 236: A Nation on the Move

February 19th · 5 Comments

I proudly present my first movie. After returning from India last month, I reviewed the footage and thought, “People have got to see how crazy traffic is in India.” This is a road trip where the biggest adventure is the road itself.

I fed the movie into two services, Viddler and YouTube, as I search for the best way to present videos online. If you care to, take a look at both versions and let me know which is the better experience for you.

What does this have to do with A Year In New York, you may ask? Well, New York is a city where people go to try something new. Making this little film has been exhilarating experiment, though all an observer would see is me staring at my laptop and tinkering with the mouse. I do enjoy reliving the India adventure again and again on my screen.

One more insight: if India taught me anything, it’s that New York drivers are a bunch of pansies. The traffic on any Indian street would burst the blood vessels of a New York cabbie (unless of course that cabbie was Indian).

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Les // Feb 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Seems like Viddler was a little better video quality than Youtube. Viddler also seemed to be smoother, not as jumpy as Youtube. Either way, it was still unbelievable!

  • 2 Susan // Feb 20, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I didn’t notice much difference in video quality between the two. Thanks for posting video for those of us who couldn’t be there – it makes American travel look very dull by comparison!

  • 3 Bill and Marilyn // Feb 20, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Marilyn – Thanks for sharing some of our experience in India. The road trip was a new form of adventure travel.

    Bill – As wild as the movie makes it look, the driving was much wilder. I’m glad to have experienced it, but I sure wouldn’t want to drive in it!

  • 4 Bev // Feb 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Very Cinequest (San Jose’s independent film festival for those of you not local), very good and interesting. You are QUITE the creator of all things media. The music very much helped to set the tone. Camera work was surprisingly smooth. My Costa Rica footage is nearly unwatchable.

    You Tube loaded much quicker for me, but I like the info. Viddler gives at the end on the replay page. Other than that, I agree w/ your sis in that I didn’t notice much difference.

    I’m sure it was all a fascinating, meaningful experience. Our weddings are pretty formulaic, but then again, maybe theirs are to them too.

  • 5 jbrizzo // Apr 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing and kudos on your first stab at documentary filmmaking… I truly enjoyed that!
    Really! …despite the fact that it may remind me of Slumdog Millionaire… and as we try to be good sports, there is still that unforgettable pang…”And the Oscar goes to…” 😛

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