Saturday, March 19, 2011

Video Episode: The "Hammer-Spin" Sequence from Acro Camp

These are the show notes to a video episode. You can see the video by subscribing to Airspeed through iTunes or your favorite other podcatcher or by clicking on the embedded Vimeo video above (helpful if you're reaching out through a .mil firewall). In any case it's all free!

The movie is coming along! After spending most of February dealing with a bacterial infection in my leg (which, by the way, the doc says is looking great and won't affect my fitness to fly in any way), I'm back to burning the midnight oil (and whatever else is nearby and flammable) and editing Acro Camp, Airspeed's first feature film.

The sequence in this episode is Jim Rodriguez's "hammer-spin" from the third day of flying at Acro Camp. Jim had just begun to get the hang of the hammerhead in the Super-D when he went up with Don in the Berz Flight Training Pitts S-2B. And he found out the exciting way that the Pitts doesn't need anywhere near as much forward stick.

The cool thing is that he also found out that the Pitts is pretty well-behaved when you get off the power and let go of the stick. It comes right out of the spin and wants to know what else you want to go do.

There's a lot of editing yet to be done. But I think that I have the workflows pretty well nailed down and it's going a lot more quickly than it was this fall. We have between one and three cameras and a cockpit audio track to load in for each flight and this was the first flight that I went and put together with that workflow. It worked like a charm.

On the musical front, I just got in a treatment of Acro Grass, one of the themes that we've crowdsourced to Airspeed fans, from Grammy-nominated audio ace Scott Cannizzaro and it's amazing. It's been spewing from my iPod all day now and I think I like it better each time.

If you're musically inclined and want to lay down some tracks for consideration for inclusion in the film's soundtrack, there's still time. I'm in no danger of finishing the film soon, so you probably have at least through April to get your tracks in.

I'm also working on the CAP NESA audio episode. As is obvious to anyone who knows me, the NESA experience made a big impression and I really want to capture the whole experience. Thus, the writing is taking its own sweet time. But it'll be a characteristically epic Airspeed episode when it comes out.

More soon. Stay tuned!

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