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Flying Techniques - The Outtakes

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Published on May 31, 2016

In 2003 I began work on a video project that was the culmination of three enjoyable years making videos at a time when:
- DVD was just starting to replace VHS
- Video on the internet was in its infancy
- Flash video hadn't yet become the format of choice
- YouTube hadn't been invented
- Disk space and bandwidth was expensive
- Video was still recorded on tape in the old 4:3 SD standard

This project eventually became the kiting DVD 'Flying Techniques', released in 2004. Flying Techniques followed three of the UK's most respected sport kite flyers through a season allowing viewers to be up close and personal to the action. The new non-linear DVD format meant that for the first time it was possible to easily skip sections or repeat parts of interest, as a result the DVD was packed with content having an overall running time of almost two hours.

Andy Wardley, Carl Robertshaw & James Robertshaw kindly gave their time and Helen Ribchester's contribution to the production process was invaluable. Within months of release Flying Techniques had sold out & second hand copies on eBay were selling for more than the original price.

Invariably there were outtakes and these are the clips here. Flying Techniques was a lot of hard work and made absolutely no financial sense, but it was fun and these outtakes encapsulate that. I wrote the accompanying tune 'Baby Sweet' https://play.google.com/store/music/a... during the making of Flying Techniques and throughout 2004 it played constantly wherever I went, mostly in part due to me but not always. The saturation level of Baby Sweet became so much that even now I can't decide whether to listen or run when I hear it.

It's hard to believe Flying Techniques was released twelve years ago. I had intended to circulate the outtakes on the web in about 2006 but technology changed, disks crashed, codecs deprecated & only recently have I been able to easily play the files again.

So, for your viewing nostalgia I give you 'Flying Techniques - The Outtakes'.

(aeolian animation graphics - Garry Clarke)

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