Friday, March 16, 2007

Alex's Movie - Tip-to-Tip PEI

When Alex first told me he wanted to run across PEI, he told me he wanted to make a documentary about it. So, shortly before we took off, I rolled up my jars of saved quarters and loonies ($1. coins) and we bought a little video camera.

We didn't get a lot of footage. It was hard enough biking and keeping my balance, snapping all the photos I did was quite a bonus, but trying to video as we were in motion proved next to impossible. Every morning (except the morning we were in Charlottetown and discovered the camera had been left on and the batteries were dead) we started our day with Alex's commentary. We do have some footage from the trail, far more than made it into this final cut. His first movie was over an hour and a quarter long. Because, at the time, he was putting it together to show during our PEI Marathon presentation I told him he'd have to cut it down to about 30 minutes and he cut out all the actual Run video except, I think, a bit in Summerside, the Police escort into Kensington, and the bit at the end as he reaches the East Point lighthouse.

What he ended up with in this video short is a 21 minute video that tells the story of his run, in daily commentary of where we are and where we're going, his choice of photos from that day, and his choice of music to help tell his story. He has captioned it to accommodate his poor articulation so you'll all understand him.

Again thanks to everyone who helped make the Run possible and helped out along the way. And thanks to our friends who actually put it up on YouTube for us.

As much as we love this beautiful little Island, if you live in a spot like we do, you end up beyond the world of highspeed, somewhere just out of reach of Route 2's towers on one side, Ruranet's towers on the other and despite Aliant's promise that we'd have highspeed years ago (and all the money the Government gave them to make that happen), it never happened. Even if Eastlink cable ran past our lane, running the cable in our (very long) lane would cost a fortune. Satellite, our only "choice", is just too expensive and too restrictive. Consequently, YouTube (among other things) is virtually inaccessible to us. It can take hours (and more than one try) to load a video that's just a couple of minutes long. I look forward to the day I can thoroughly explore the videos on the Posautive YouTube group.

So, with all that said, here is Alex's 21+ minute movie, split into 3 parts to accommodate YouTube's 10 minute limit. Enjoy....


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the East side of Cape Breton (where we were headed, the time we visited your family, Alex), the word we would use for this video is "Brilliant!". On the West side of Cape Breton, we'd say "Magnifique!"

Well done, Alex -- the run, the fundraising... and the movie of it all!

May I suggest to Estee Wolfond that she feature the movie at the next exhibition of The Autism Acceptance Project, in Toronto?

Also, is there any way to make the movie available to show at the 2007 AutCom conference, which will be in October in Edmonton, Alberta? If so I will suggest it to Gail Gillingham, who's chairing the conference committee.

At 6:23 AM, Blogger jypsy said...

Wouldn't you know the scheduled AutCom the same weekend as the PEI Marathon?! That weekend is a big event for Alex, not only does he run the half-marathon, but for the past 3 years he and I have worked the registration table, checking in the runners, handing out race kits & T-shirts and all that (and last year being part of the Speaker Series). Alex would be happy to send a CD to Estee & Gail for showing at these events.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I very much enjoyed watching the whole video. Alex, I liked that you commented about each day. It made it so clear that this was a huge accomplishment! You are a wonderfully strong and healthy man!

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Maddy said...

Can't find your email so I just wanted to remark on your comment on Kristina's blog and the now apparently teeny tiny period of time where one is a child - jolly good show dearie.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger jypsy said...

for future reference, it's jypsy AT isn DOT net

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Hi Phil,

You bet I would!!! Yes, Jypsy -- can you send me the CD?


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