It’s a rough day when you forget your wallet in the morning. It’s a rough morning when you forget your wallet, run back to get it, miss the bus because of it, then run as far north as possible to intercept the next bus. Morning shenanigans aside, I arrived at Portland Community Media, and I was able to sit for a while. Sitting does not mean relaxing though, and we jumped right into editing with Tim Rooney. I swear I could listen to this man talk for hours. His voice swoons the student into focus, and he deserves an audiobook narration deal. Tim recommended a book on editing by Walter Mulch called In the Blink of an Eye that I will read as soon as I get my hands on it. I have been wary of teaching books my whole life, but if it comes from Tim Rooney, I have to check out.
After our session at PCM, we moved back to Portland State to meet the brother of James Blue. He presented his brother’s film, The March, about the 1963 March on Washington, and I was blown away. Mr. Blue told us his brother was a student of the classics and ancient theater, so I watched the entire movie through this lens. The narration was stunning, and it set the tone of the film beautifully. One line stuck out to me: “This is the story of that day.” The narrator says the line as buses flow into Washington D.C., and the rest of the film takes on a massive importance and scale. I cannot believe that the film was not released for public viewing until 2013. Mr. Blue’s project to put the film into high schools is a phenomenal idea.
Finally, after class, I went back home to find Lou, the house dog, sleeping and perfectly oblivious to my entrance as he is 100% deaf. I stopped at Stumptown to work on my Wage/Working workshop project for which I had to edit an interview with Joshua Force to five minutes. Joshua is an eccentric book artist who stands outside of Powell’s selling coloring books with tails. You must color in the book with your left hand, and he talked for about an hour and fifteen minutes. After the strenuous crunch of dialogue, I shortened it to the amount of time that it takes Joshua to make one dollar, and sent it back to Tennessee and Laura at Wage/Working.