Artifact
Photos from the late-2007 production of Artifact.

This was notable for the trials and complications involved in getting the original Video 8 recordings digitized without having to pay some studio an arm and a leg to do it.

The first photos are from when I tried to digitize the original VHS master (the 2000 release had been edited on VHS using linear, dual-deck techniques), but went on to discover that my family's DV camcorder only supported analog A/V output.

Fortunately, I scrounged up a working Hi8 camcorder from the Centre for Art Tapes and so I went to White Lance Headquarters one late autumn evening where we were able to use Mike's DV camcorder as a bridge to digitize the video as the camera played it back.

Then I embarked on the long, long journey of reassembling and reediting the movie practically from scratch. At one point I had to send my computer away for servicing, adding more time to the project.

Finally, I was able to press some DVDs only days before my high school Christmas party reunion, ensuring that I got a few copies handed out before leaving for Japan January 1st, 2008.

You can see the movie on YouTube and www.willmatheson.com/films/artifact. If you'd like me to whet your appetite for it first, take a look at the trailer. Enjoy!
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