Safer at Home – Day Eight

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April 8, 2020

We stream watched an excellent movie last night. 1917, directed by Sam Mendes, won a number of Oscars including Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins…and deservedly so.

It is rather a simple tale of two soldiers who must cross enemy territory in order to prevent an attack which would result in a massacre of allied forces. But it isn’t just the riveting story line that makes this film so immensely watchable. The manner in which the film was shot is just as important if not more so. Envisioned by Mendes and executed by Deakins, 1917 tells its narrative as a single continuous shot. Opening on the two soldiers, Blake and Schofield, the camera stays on them relentlessly as it follows them through the WWI hell they traverse in order to deliver their life-saving message.

By using this method, Mendes ratchets up the tension and sense of urgency by giving the audience an immersive experience. We get the sense of walking through no man’s land with them, seeing only what they can see, not knowing what dangers lie around the corner or over the hillside until they cross that threshold. Their only response to the horrors they view and the challenges they meet is to keep forging ahead toward their ultimate goal.

It’s a great reminder as we continue to wage our current battle against this invisible viral enemy we are facing.  Watching the death toll that keeps mounting; hearing of the heart-wrenching struggles of those afflicted and their families; feeling the increasing boredom of isolation; knowing the growing fatigue and frustration of the healthcare workers… it is all real and is impacting each of us as we navigate through this time. But there is only one response we can have. To keep moving forward, looking to the future and the victory that will await us there.

“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 (Amplified Bible)

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio Mount Dora specialize in the preservation of family memories through the digitalization of film, videotapes, audio recordings, photos, negatives and slides. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit our website.

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Cracking up

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There are pros and cons to every digital format. DVDs and CDs, although they are digital, they do have their drawbacks. First, there are clear signs that the industry is moving on and it will only be a matter of time that the disk technology will go the way of the 8-track and VHS tape. That may not happen for a few more years but it sure looks like it is an eventuality.

The other problem with disks is pictured above. They are not indestructible.  They can crack if handled improperly and once cracked, they are pretty much unplayable and the data may not be able to be recovered.

We are happy to provide DVDs and CDs to our customers. We still have that capability and a lot of our customers prefer them to any other option. But we always recommend that they also consider getting their memories stored on a computer file or open a DVA streaming account with us so when the DVDs stop working, the memories that were preserved don’t have to be converted for a second (or sometimes third) time. Food for thought. Whichever format you choose, having your memories digitally preserved is infinitely better that keeping them locked away on inaccessible analog media that will eventually corrode.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories through the digitalization of film, videotape, audio recordings, photos, negatives, and slides. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit our website.