I'm not sure if this will be relevant, but hopefully everyone can get an idea on how much hard work Izzy put on his DVD projects. But before anything else, I'm hoping we could all first thank the right people accordingly as I'm seeing posts where everything is revolving around 1 person (Izzy, no hostility here... I just want to give people a clear background of what's going on).
Here’s some details on Izzy’s Reedy 2003 video:
As advertised, the Reedy 2003 DVD was shot using amateur videos. 90% of the footage were from Jasper’s camera which I personally took. We didn’t have plans on doing a DVD then, but when Izzy asked us if we want it immortalized on DVD, we obliged. Take note that all of us are from team TAOB, including Izzy, so the Reedy 2003 DVD was a TAOB effort as well as a few others who donated stuff like pictures etc. (Kevin of Seattle, WA for example).
As this was Izzy’s little project, all editing, menus etc etc. were done by him. It took around 2~3 months after Reedy that we saw the first cuts from the DVD. We all loved it and from the feedback we are hearing to this day, I’m sure a lot of you were expecting the 2004 DVD to be close or even better than last year. I have no doubts that Izzy will do a fantastic job on this new one (I haven’t seen it btw.), but take note that this is not his full time job, hence it is still labeled as an “Amateur showcase.”
As for the people who thought that the first DVD was a profit making scheme… well, it wasn’t. As Izzy mentioned, it was mainly to share the Reedy experience to the masses. He asked help from TAOB, so we did. Yes, he did charge a few $, but that was to get his money back from the blank DVDs and cases he had to buy. Did TAOB get a share? No… but for what? We really didn’t care… all we know is that Izzy did a very good job of capturing the team’s first Reedy experience… It was the first time we all got to race together in a BIG RACE!
Now, here’s some details on Izzy’s Reedy 2004 video:
Early this year, Izzy already informed all TAOB members that he needed help in filming. But as a lot of you know, about half of the team didn’t get in Reedy due to the lottery system. Most planned not to go to Reedy because of this. I did however, commit myself to help Izzy on Saturday, hence, I was in charge of Saturday filming. A lot of you saw me there holding the camcorder for at least 6 hrs… Heck I worked my A$$ off getting good footage...
Here’s the biggie though, none of my footage will be on the video. Why? Because Izzy and I weren’t able to see each other this past 3 weeks. I was too busy(expecting a baby and moving houses) and Izzy didn't go to Tamiya for 2 weeks.
To my surprise, Izzy emailed TAOB late last week and mentioned that the DVD was done. I feel bad for not being able to help, and all the more for wasting 3 tapes of good footage for nothing… (I guess it will become my personal video collection… unless somebody wants them on their DVD… or maybe do an extended version of Izzy’s)
Now, I don’t know who contributed to this new DVD, but I’m sure it will be just as great. I say good luck to Izzy and hopefully a lot of people will be satisfied with his work… I have to admit, he’s got skills with the MAC (or should I say, the MAC got skills?!? Just kidding… Izzy…
Okay, so I got so much time in my hands to compose this post... but come to think of it, you read through it... right? Hehehe...
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