Thursday, September 20, 2007

ThinkRight Tim Bee Video

Tucson, Arizona. Well, obviously Mr. ThinkRight has learned Premiere or the tool of his choice to produce video prior to your humble blogger's learning the art, a somewhat humiliating experience. I have owned Premiere since May, but have not had the time to fire it up and learn the craft. My stack of "to be produced" videos exceeds half a dozen. I promise the phenomenal. If only I could pull a Sirocco and productively spend those four hours I'm slammed on a mattress while he's awake.

Well, I find it next to impossible TR produced this video without Bee's advance knowledge and approval. Bee had better know what he is doing here. Politics is about impressions. Without question his legal mumbo schumbo goons have blessed the independent actions of a "rogue blogger" as beyond the campaign's control, but this is slippery stuff. TR is obviously on safe ground. I could produce a Giffords video (have one in mind) or any other. The campaign has no control. (The thought of Ron or Daniel, "You posted what?!" entertains me.)

What I consider deeply problematic, but apparently it's okay, is a Web page with credit card functionality soliciting donations as large as $2300 when he has not even announced. Come on!

What this video cements is TR's very close connection to Tim Bee. TR is a Tim Bee blog. I solicit comments, and TR is most welcome to confirm, deny, or elaborate.

I was so hoping my first video at this blog would be my own.


Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

Well, does "Mr." TR have rights to use the music? Prolly not.
I got thru about half of it and shut it off. It's boring. Black text on a white screen don't cut it, TR.
(Do you suppose TR is really a WOMAN masquerading as a man in the world of the GOP?).
X4MR, don't sweat the small stuff. Make your videos MUCH shorter and snappier and little to NO text.

9/21/2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

You _can_ learn to crash sleep, or whatever you want to call it.

US submarine commanders in WW2 learned out of necessity while stalking Japanese convoys and then avoiding the extended retaliatory depth charge attacks, maybe getting an hour or two of sleep here and there over a two or three day period while remaining capable of performing at a high level.

Soooooo ... you just need to subject yourself to some number (I have no idea what the threshold is) of terrible, extended life-threatening situations where what minimal sleep you can snatch is of short duration and soon you, too, will have more time in your day to devote to learning Premiere.

9/21/2007 7:31 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...


X4MR is an artist who loves Lynch. You can bet any sum that if all he wanted to do was post a few stills to a song, he'd have done it.

What he will produce will operate at the speed of Lynch (every frame carefully designed) and tear reality into little pieces.

It will be really good, but we won't understand it or know why it's good. Odds favor geometric shapes dancing about at mind numbing speeds in accordance with mathematical laws none of us know.

Some of us, the curious, will watch it five times and then demand an explanation.

9/21/2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

One more remark:

Bruce Springsteen will not be the soundtrack.

9/21/2007 9:11 AM  
Blogger thinkright said...

I'm pretty sure I'm not a woman.

TR is a supporter of Bee, but the video was on my own.

I promise the next one will be better. Maybe I'll make a cameo like Hitchcock used to.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of those X4MR projects.

9/21/2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I think that the video is really pretty good. I have no problem with the length of the video or the amount of text. You obviously intended to communicate a fair amount of information, and you have done that quite effectively. I would give you high marks for content and flow. Also, given the purpose of this video, I think that a "snappier" presentation would not be appropriate. You don't want it to be as boring as a stockbroker's power point presentation, but you also do not want the graphics to get more attention than the actual facts that you are trying to communicate.

The only thing you might want to reconsider is the music. I think that the choice of Springsteen's "Born to Run" is excellent. However, the lyrics were conflicting with my ability to read and retain the text.

"Born to Run" is so recognizable that I'm wondering if you could find an instrumental version. You would have all the energy of the music, everyone would know that it's "Born to Run", and you would not have Springsteen fighting you for the viewer's attention.

9/21/2007 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I think is the most interesting thing that TR is claiming is that Bee was instrumental in helping secure the $400 million tax based extension of the Rio Nuevo project. While I am a huge supporter of downtown, folks in Marana, East Tucson (and the foothills) find Rio Nuevo to be a big pork project with no return. They HATE the fact that money is going to downtown. These are mainly GOPers by the way.

While it does make him look successful and that he can bring the pork, don't think for a second that Bee's support of Rio Nuevo will be endearing to those in his district...other than the real estate and developer moguls who will be funding his campaign and who have received the subsidies.

Last, I think the fundraising page violates one of two laws...state or fed. Either he is running and must resign to run...and can raise funds...or he is "sort of" raising funds in violation of federal law.

If we don't see a third quarter report to the FEC from his campaign, then I would say that he is bucking the law blatantly.

9/21/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger thinkright said...

Thanks for the comments. I'm not the artistic type. Thanks for being gentle.

9/21/2007 1:45 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


As usual, you are spot on. My material will break outside the box, and yes, it will be fast.

My first, "Slipping" comes in at close to 2:37, or 4710 frames. For this piece, about 500 images. Yes, that's only 1/3 second per image, but it doesn't work like that. The second piece, "The Beginning" starts very fast and accelerates to the upper limit, with some images holding as little as 3 or 2 or (maybe) just one frame.

If this is TR's first video, he deserves a little slack, but your remarks are sound. Sure, running raw footage of Fido in the pool is no effort, but a decent video is difficult. A really good video is VERY difficult, and a fantastic video requires extraordinary effort.

Want to see a fantastic video? I just posted it.

9/21/2007 2:19 PM  
Blogger AZW88 said...

X4mr, I can help with the videos. I can even help you avoid breaking copyright law, unlike TR.

That Bee video is ok for an amateur. All it is is a series of stills with some transitions with text overlay.

Let me know, X-man. I can give you some assistance. You have my e-mail.

9/21/2007 2:40 PM  
Blogger Tony GOPrano said...

TR did an EXCELLENT Job! TR, don't let these lazy assed liberals
get you down. They are just jealous at your talent. I am going to have to pick up that program; I have a ton of H. Rotten Clinton stuff that would be great for that format. ^5 TR!!! Job Well Done!!!

9/21/2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Be careful. I might take you up on your offer. Someone adept with Premiere could really speed my progress.

Chill! I think this thread was quite respectful of TR's effort. Liza was quite complimentary, and I pointed out the difficulty involved. TR used very basic software and produced a good first effort. Still, I can't go as far as to say I am jealous of his talent.

Also, TR's a big boy now and can handle some criticism. By the way, the most biting attacks on TR I've seen came from right wing nut blogs disapproving of the BNN rankings. It seems both your site and TR's rank higher than they would prefer.

They don't seem to feel Mafiaso or TR are "real" republicans. They also don't seem to get the difference between "influence" and "popularity."

9/22/2007 10:12 AM  

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