that's exactly what i'm doing with photographs. zooming, panning, etc. what i don't want to do is zoom and pan on storyboards. i'd rather use parts of other films, phonied up stillls, etc. i was going to get a robotic arm to move the photos around, as rick schmidlin did on GREED, but i discovered After Effects, and i think that is a better way to go, for now anyway. this copy we are working on now is the skeleton that the final will be built from, so when we move to making the final copy we know the shape of things, and where we need to go. this is a sort of, 'getting aquainted copy'.
i also toyed with the idea of not using ANY original maaterial to
reconstruct the missing scenes, no photographs, no story boards, but using an artist to create all original pannels to tape. this idea i still find interesting. it would certainly give continuity to the missing scenes. if you know any artists, i would love to try this approach.
soon as my editing computer was built the very first project i put in it was AMBERSONS. i was going to show the missing scenes as scrolling text over washed out copies of storyboards, but the reading was overwhelming. i had contact with mteal, he mailed me a copy of a restoration he had slashed together with 2 vcrs and the laser disc, which is the same way that i had done my first restoration.
i'm watching mteal's tape, and it's good! when it comes to the scene where isabel mopes around her room looking at eugene's letter, and we hear eugene reading it, there was another voice doing the reading, not the eugene's. i e-mailed mteal and asked where that reading came from. he said he did it. that was it; no more scrolling text. mteal had been
promoted, with no pay, to the lofty position of reader, official historian, and slash editor.
one of the first things the major asked when he saw his first drafft was, "who is doing the reading?" that in my mind
confirmed that my first impression was right.
as you can imagine we have made several drafts, and as we move further into the project, mteal is getting more of the flavor of what the original was, and my skills are getting better at piecing the visuals together.
and we really appreciate all this interest. it really adds a sense of worth to the lonely job of putting this stuff together, because it is incredibly time consuming.