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#1 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:47 PM

Hi gang:

Been doing a lot of thinking, mulching, brain-crunching and such over the last several weeks. Been tossing around some great ideas, or what I hope are great ideas, and think I finally arrived at a conclusion after waking up today at 3:30 AM! blink.gif

I've been strongly thinking about creating a documentary instead of writing the book first. Why? Well for one it will give me more creative latitude. Second, I will be able to reach a much broader audience. Three, I can get it out on the market much faster. Four, it will cut my cost factor because I already have the software program which will allow me to produce it myself, and I won't have to rely on a third party to publish it, as I would with a book.

This also allows me to get a product out to the WWII vets quicker than a book. I still plan on doing the book, but as a supplement to the documentary at a later date. As many of my vets remind me; we won't be around too much longer, so... With that in mind...

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I am also going to talk with my lawyer next week regarding the formation of a non-profit organization. With a non-profit I am more likely to get private and public funding for my projects since anyone making contributions will get a tax-deductible deduction. Non-profits are also more likely to get grants. It really makes sense.

One name I am throwing around for my non-profit org is Proud Daughter, Inc. Lee liked the name when I tossed it out this morning.

This post is also a plea to all my vets, and their families; if you have any stories, photos, diaries, etc. to share, DO IT NOW. I realize that it's sometimes difficult to get items together to send to me, but time is of the essence. I am going to spend all fall and winter working on this documentary and if you want to be included FOREVER in this project, I gotta hear from you now and not later!!! clappin.gif

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I am also encouraging people to grab a video camera or a tape recorder and put it on CD or DVD and mail it to me. If doesn't have to be fancy, or long, but any content is greatly appreciated. Have a family member of friend record you sitting on the couch and talking about any aspect of the war. If you need some coaching, print out a copy of my QUESTIONS FOR VETS, and comment about one, two, three, or as many as you would like. Turn on a tape recorder, or turn on the microphone on your computer and record some feelings or recollections from the war years. Anything. I would love to include it in the documentary. Don't worry about quality as I will be editing. I just want input!!! drinking.gif

If you are thinking of submitting anything to me at all, try and get it to me by the end of the year (this year that is!). I'm shooting for that deadline. THANKS! wub.gif

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 05:10 PM

THE DOCUMENTARY IS A GREAT IDEA !! I FIT IN YOUR THIRD PARAGRAPH ABOVE.
AS FAR AS ANYTHING FROM THIS VET. YOU HAVE ALL THE PICS AND COMMENTS OF MINE
ON "MY PAGE", I LIKE THE TITLE YOU HAVE PICKED FOR THE DOCUMENTARY OR BOOK.
******GO FOR IT GAL!!!!!!******* Rocky armata_PDT_37.gif
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 05:33 PM

Hey Rocky:

Yup, I got all the goodies on you! armata_PDT_37.gif Thanks! I also have some of your comments regarding your feelings on the engineers, and I plan to use those as well.

The title of the documentary will still be NO BRIDGE TOO FAR, but the name of the non-profit org will be Proud Daughter Inc, if the name is available. I have to do a search through the state this week to see if I can have the name for the company. Fingers crossed, even though I am not superstitious! laugh.gif

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 08:05 PM

NO BRIDGE TOO FAR!!!
WRONG---SHOULD BE******"NO BRIDGE TO HARD TO BUILD FOR COMBAT ENGINEERS" !!!!!!

ASK ANY COMBAT VETERAN. ROCKY J armata_PDT_37.gif armata_PDT_37.gif 070.gif 070.gif
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 01:19 AM

Hi Marion!
I think it's great idea, for as you know I'm a Fool for a Documentary! Are you planning to use archival film of the Ardenne's Offensive along with Veteran's interviews? However you do it I'm sure it will be First Rate!

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:37 AM

Hey grommit.gif Daddy:

This is a big undertaking, oh hell a huge undertaking, but I have to look at it in pieces, chapters, segments and work with ideas as they come to me. As you can see it's now 4:20 AM and I am AWAKE! Most of my inspiration comes to me between the hours of three and five AM. The brain just doesn't shut down. Sometimes it's a real pain in the royal behind, but I guess you can't control creativity. I'll take it as it arrives... Yawn!

I am keeping a log and jotting down ideas regarding music, backgrounds, overlays, sounds effects, etc. I do plan on using archival videos, etc. and that includes footage I recently acquired on VHS, US Staff Report Number 2, regarding the 540th in Italy. I need to get in touch with my private researcher and find out what film is available from NARA in Maryland.

Yes I'm planning on weaving interviews into the film. Some will be oral, some video. One thing I wish I could do is fly around spend a day with each of my vets, but that is NOT feasible. I simply don't have the time, and definitely not the financial resources to do so. I am asking them to provide some footage to me if possible. I already have audio from several of my vets, either supplied to me or recorded by me at some of our reunions.

Now I just have to win the lottery and...

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:59 PM

This morning I am continuing my search for authentic WWII sound effects to add to my collection. Many sites have free public-use effects, and several have either fee-based collections or single mp3's you can download. Quite a few good ones out there.

This is going to be a difficult, but very fun project. drinking.gif

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 11:20 PM

Downloading some royalty free music to intersperse into the documentary. So far I have three different instrumental loops to use.

Looking into several sound effects libraries, but Universal Studios has a great one for WWII. It includes such clips as:

Artillery shell landing
Assault rifle - three shots
machine gun - short burst
Squadron bomber and fighter escorts in level flight, steady
Tanks, machine guns, soldiers
Infantry battle with machine gun, rifle fire, artillery shells and explosions, mortar firing, soldiers
Ground battle with heavy artillery barrage, explosions

You get the idea...
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 10:14 AM

armata_PDT_37.gif I think this is a great idea M1 clappin.gif , ah I would I could help, if you need something from over here just tell me and I run.
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Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:08 PM

Thanks dear, I will keep that in mind. May be "hitting-up" a number of people for favors. laugh.gif tongue.gif
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 01:47 AM

Spent about 4 or 5 hours today working on the intro with music. I guess this is a good sign because I got goosebumps when I was watching it. unsure.gif The current intro runs just slightly over a minute and is all done in black and white images.

I played it for my husband when he got home from watching the football game at the bar and he was impressed. Oh cool! He's a tough critic and if I can please him I know I've gotten off on the right foot.

Back to work. I think I found another calling. This is so awesome. clapping.gif

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:00 AM

If this ol' Belgian can help, just give a yell, ok?

I am sure it will be a great project, Marion!
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:08 PM

Cool!! Keep us posted and put me on the waiting list for a copy.
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 12:51 PM

Maybe I'll even give you guys sneak previews.... Only if you're good boys and girls! armata_PDT_34.gif

One thing I may do from time to time is to ask for certain photos, newspaper clippings, etc., from the era. That would be most helpful as I work on this project.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 01:57 PM

Only photos I have are on "My Page", I'll take the second copy.
"GOOD", only when I sleep. rocky
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 02:15 PM

QUOTE
"GOOD", only when I sleep. rocky


Oh, that's probably where I ran into you (while dreaming) heartpump.gif :glasses2: Or could it have been... spacecraft.gif

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 02:20 PM

Okay assignment from the teacher.

Looking for "ordinary" photos from the early 40's. Not war stuff, just normal everyday life stuff. Photos of houses, everyday life in neighborhoods, downtowns, cars parked out in streets, that type of thing. So if anyone has any old photos that they can copy and send to me via email, I would be mightily obliged. Of course you will get photo credits too. So come on, I know you wanna see you name in lights! 043.gif

Just wanted to add that the photos should clearly depict the era, and give the true feel of the 40's

Thanks in advance,
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:39 AM

A few years ago my friend Tom from New Hampshire send me a cd with photos from his father and some fellows of his unit the 552 Ordnance Co., if you want I send you copy of it maybe you have some use for it?
By the way of speeking of photos if you need some from nowadays from over here from Normandy or other places just ring the bell ok. rolleyes.gif
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:29 AM

Have you ever heard about www.superstock.com? But they're not free, perhaps as a last resort...
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:35 PM

Hi Brooke. Appreciate the suggestion. I'm a member of one of the online photo sites. I do use there services from time to time, but of course want to avoid the cost where I can, or at least until I receive future funding.

At least many of the photos on these sites is very reasonable.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 04:18 PM

Trouble with a lot of the online photo sites is they do not give you permission to use the photos for commercial purposes, so that puts me out of future runnning. Luckily I have a lot of photos to use, so it shouldn't be a problem for me.

Was going to download about 15 photos from IStock the other day, but read their restrictions, so didn't bother. Oh well, no big deal.

I received a 4 disk set from The Authentic Histry Center and all I can say is WOW!!! It's just great and their is so much material I can use for my production. Unbelievable.

I now have about 200 more songs from the era, plus radio/varietyt shows, etc. Fantastic. Then there's three other disks: (CD008:WWII)

America Attacked: December 7, 1941 (CD0410)
December 9, 1941 through June 5, 1944 (CD005-WWII)
D-Day-December 1944 (CD006-WWII)

Those disks have tons of material from audio speeches, interviews, documents and much more. Incredible, especially for the price!! armata_PDT_37.gif

http://www.authentichistory.com/

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:51 AM

Hi Marion,
I have pics of my father and his unit at....bridge school. They're little bitty pics. Also lots of great photos of Camp Tophat. Which I just found out last night had large portions built by my dad's unit the 1251st. I have a scanner and will endeavor to send them to you. Do you want them sized? Ther are little little pictures. I spoke to someone from my dads unit last night and will write a whole post on that when I have a little while to digest the whole thing.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:12 AM

Wonderful news!

As far as the scans are concerned, try to scan them at a fairly high res, at least 350 or better. Don't worry about size. I can take care of that when I receive them. Thanks in advance.

It must have been so exciting to talk to your dad's buddy last night. That is very cool!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 05:26 PM

I'm just blowing off some steam here, so bear with me. I have to have a release from time to time and this is about the only place to do so. This morning I will either burst into tears or pull my hair out (the first seems more pleasurable doesn't it?) Trying to maintain my sense of humor... rolleyes.gif

Yesterday had most of the day off and thought I would accomplish much but...forget that. I didn't feel good for one thing and should have left it at that, but no! Had problems with my backup drive and fooled with that on and off. My design program for my documentary has been crashing and I have not heard back from the software company for SIX days.

Today it gave me major problems and I sent a response back to theirs. Told them I realized that my email would be responded to in the order received, but SIX days! Told them that if I was just working on some family slide show I wouldn't be writing to them again, but I am working on something with a deadline and something that I would like to submit to public television. Well it ain't gonna happen this way... armata_PDT_19.gif

Tried to do some voice-overs this morning and got interrupted twice. Aarrgh. Finally got it done and then the program crashed again. I thought, just walk away, go take your shower before you have to work on in the store. But, wait!!! I can't because someone is working on our hot water heater. Oh more sighing.

It's just one of those days. As usual I will be okay, but had to get this off my chest. Plus, waiting to hear from a few people with questions pertaining to the documentary, and haven't heard back from them in over three days. More and more sighing.

Don't think I will go ahead with the non-profit. That's another story. Might do it, but may just form my new company as a standard company. Just have a lot in my lap right now. It will all pass.

I think I will go cry and get it over with. It's therapeutic right? BangHead.gif unsure.gif sad.gif blink.gif

Thanks for listening. drinking.gif

I did want to thank those who took part in the viewing of the documentary the other day. Sent a link to a handful of people to get their opinions on what I have to date. Several people wrote back and I am grateful to you for your views. Was disappointed that half the people never even responded though. Hmmm, guess that is just life...

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:02 AM

Ohhh Marion. Computers can be the most frustrating things at times...I am sorry to hear that. Sometimes its best just to walk away for a while. One day, when you're being interviewed by PBS, this will be a great tale to tell to show how you suffered for your art.....
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