As an overclocking competition long time insider, I’m used to talk about over clocking and meet people with whom I share the same passion for extreme computer usage. Thus even if I’m used to talk about it as part of my work at OverClocking-TV, explaining what overclocking is and what overclocking competitions are about to my non-geek friends is always a moment of struggle.
About a month ago, in between the coverage of an Overclocking competition in Taiwan and my move to Australia, I spend a few weeks in Taipei. During that time, I had the chance to spend quite a lot of time with Pieter-Jan Plaisier (nickname: massman) and, while longly discussing overclocking philosophically as a whole, we ended up working on a short documentary about the overclocking competition that just happened.
The idea was quite simple. We wanted to produce a short documentary that wrapped up the overclocking competition that we just attended and share it to the world. But this time, we didn’t wanted to share it to just the same bunch as usual, but we wanted to make it accessible to everyone with an interest to learn about what overclocking is and what professional overclocking competitions are about.
|MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2012 – Worldwide Finals|
The produced documentary needed to be eye catching and made interesting for novices in a way that they would be able to understand the discussion and get a better idea of what these people are trying to achieve with computers and smoke.
From script to film
We started first by having a quick look at our raw footage. As we had quite a lot (about 56Gb of HD data), we quickly understood that their was enough material there to make something great. Also, before leaving to Taiwan, I had prepared archives of the previous competitions and we would definitely be able to integrate some of that content into the movie. So let’s do it!
Quickly after that analysis phase, we moved on the the script writing phase. As for any documentary or movie, it is important to write a script before actually starting to edit. Since we did’t had written a script before shooting, we had to adapt and deal with the raw footage that we had.
Writing the script was not only a creative moment but also a brainstorming one as we had to reflect and thinks outside the overclocking box to reach a common level of understanding through an outsiders eye. I didn’t recorded how many hours the write-up took, but I remember long evenings that started with a 7+ km run, some coke (from Coca cola) and Taiwanese street food until quite late/early in the night.
Recording the story
Once the script written, we entered in the voice-over recording phase. Pieter-Jan gave his voice as the storyteller. The amusing detail from behind the scene is that we recorded it in a meeting room at GIGABYTE HQ in Taiwan just between ln2 tanks and another meeting. On this occasion, I have to thanks GIGABYTE but also Hi-Cookie (in-house overclocker at Gigabyte) for staying late at the office that night because of us. We probably earned some green list points thanks to that (ask his wife).
|Timeline on FinalCut Pro|
The editing and post production work of this documentary took about 15 to 30 hours of effective work spread over slightly more than a month. Editing on the plane, from the hostel and on the train while coming back from work. Video-editing nowadays doesn’t necessitate more than a portable laptop capable of handling hard-work and mobility. Also, at that time, the schedule was quite busy as among other projects, I had also the EVGA 3D eclipse and a short OC action video for GEIL on my production timeline.
Nevertheless, after all these hours and nearly 350 cuts the documentary is ready:
I will write in next days another blog post about the technical aspect of this project, answering questions such as; Which cameras we used, on what software we edit or simply how we recorded the voice over.
If you have any questions leave me a comment below.