The Questions Impressed Him:
Messages For the Future
Putting Peter’s legacy on film began with a simple, face-to-face conversation. I had intended to post it on my new YouTube channel which focuses on the lives of table tennis players. During the interview, however, it turned into a legacy film. We went deep into his life, from when he got a rare form of cancer; to his mother doing research that wound up being the physics of how a hydrogen bomb works; to Peter experimenting in his father’s university lab; and other topics.
I took great interest in hearing his story. Thinking about how his children and future grand children might be watching the video, I then sprung a surprise question, “If your kids watch this 50 years from now, what message do you want to send them?” When I gave him the first draft of the film, Peter was absolutely impressed and requested I that we do a second shoot so he can fill in some things that he wanted to add.
I delivered Peter’s film to him via digitally. He has placed it in his family’s digital archive so his kids and grand kids can watch it – fifty years from now.
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FUN ON THE JOB
Sometimes I like to have fun on the job while challenging myself to build my skills. At bottom-left, that’s a screenshot of BROLL I recorded. The challenge was to document his many table tennis trophies with a wide shot while also not letting a big computer monitor and other obstacles get in the way. At bottom-middle, I had some fun editing that section by adding an explosion effect (obtained online) and finding bassy audio to pair with the video. I did that because Peter was talking about how he managed to fool around with chemicals in his dad’s lab that wound up producing a small (but safe) explosion. At bottom-right is from an animation I created when he talked about moving from Oxford to Connecticut. That animation took me a long time to complete and then optimize, and, in the end it came out well.