Life is full of special occasions, and many are ripe for remembrance through the magic of video. By recording an unique event, the joy, fun and pride felt at the lime can be relived again and again for many years.
A wide range of special occasions can become great video subjects-birthdays, bar mitzvahs, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, class reunions. Or try the birth of a baby, a first school play, a little league game, family reunion, company picnic or bungee-jumping marriage ceremony.
Have you ever wondered about unidentified flying objects? Have you ever seen one? Did you want to get it on videotape? Many people have, providing some of the most interesting evidence extant of unusual flying craft in, around, and through our planetary atmosphere.
One of the most amazing UFO videos of late was recorded by a young father in Kanazawa, Japan. While playing outside, his daughter noticed a strange silvery disk in the sky and ran inside to tell her dad. Dad took one look at the UFO and rushed for his Sony 8mm camcorder.
Smothered by clouds, we had no view. But when I look at the sequences of our team on the summit, hear the rejoicing yells of happy climbers, see the smiles on their faces, I realize that even a great view wouldn't enhance their excitement.
Capturing the extraordinary moments of life's grandest experiences- that's the real appeal of video in the outdoor world.
Video's attendance in classrooms throughout the country is earning high marks for education.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nintendo. MTV. Bart Simpson. Gang warfare. Drug deals. The homeless. Images on the streets and in our living rooms. Our children see them all. But what do they think? Educators around the country are putting video cameras into the hands of students to find out.
The camera zooms for sweat and chalk and blood, close up. It lingers on the flouncing skirts of tennis pubescents, betrays the bulging bellies of bowlers. Pulls slowly back to reveal a vast ersatz Roman coliseum swanning with half-mad fans.
On the intimate soundtrack we hear the labored grunting of linemen, the sneaker squeak of parquet floors, the pathetic kvetching of desperate coaches, the sudden snaps of bone ending games, careers, and hopes.
Every business faces a decline in morale at some point. The sheer drudgery of the work, the defection of a popular coworker, supervisorial hitlers-all can cause a precipitous dive in the office happy factor.
In my situation, morale had reached a dangerously low level; one of the most popular employees had resigned. The standard platitudes and gold watch weren't enough, I felt. I wanted to give him something special.
A documentary is the sum of relationships during a period of shared action and living; a composition made from the sparks generated during a meeting of hearts and minds. Documentary makers have an ardent respect for the integrity of the actua4 for the primwy of the truth in the lives of real people, great and small. The documentarians mission is not to change or evade destiny, but rather to embrace its substance. -Michael Rabiger accomplished film/video documentarian Chicago, 1987