We call these the lost months - maybe trying to recover from what we think could have been burnout.



It is now October and If anyone had been following any of the yearly ups and downs know we have been going through a really rough time trying to finalize the edit and sound on Wombok Forest.

We realized that the stop motion animating was the easy part..... it took us a while to realize we were coming at the final edit from two different areas. We have trouble pinpointing what we know is not feeling right for either of us.

We fortunately were asked to do a talk at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane for a year long project they were running called Mondomotion. We thought this would be a good opportunity to maybe show some of the film. We were starting to think there was something we needed to do to the image, so we put this effect on that we were working with and showed a 7minute piece out of the film with sound that we had been working on.

We were very happy with the feedback we got and it was sort of a relief to actually get a bit out there. We have just been sitting on this kind of pulling it two ways, but hopefully this time we have both come to some agreement on how we want it to look and sound. It is a big move from what we were doing with it before but it feels right for both of us. But we just have to hope now that we can get it looking and sounding good on the rest of the 70 minutes, that will be the big challenge


WEEK ONE (7-13 october) - Turn 12T Pegaus raid computer on- 2 red lights appear, one light means quickly change the hardrive, two means lost the lot. Turn the 6T Pegasus raid compute on two red lights appear. So we are in the prediciment of having both our working computers with all of Wombok's footage, gone. We had backed up on two seperate hardrives a couple of weeks before so we thought ok lets see if this all works. Before this we decide now is a good time to change the pegasus with 6T t a 13 T and change from the hitachi to seagate drives because we had been having troubles for the last year. So we scrape together $1,000 and bought 6 2T seagate drives and spend the rest of the week copying over everythig from the backup drives and then hand linking all of the files back up in final cut pro x.


WEEK TWO (14th - October) All set to get stuck into it and turn on the new 12T pegasus with the seagate hardrives and a red light appears. After investigation it turns out we have bought drives that are not compatable with the Pegasus even though we thought they said they were.

Because we spent the last of any money we now have to wipe all the original 1T hardrives and just hope we can get it all copied over and can finish the film without any more problems. We are starting to get a little upset at the Pegasus system as this has been happening for a year or so and can't honestly see why.

L Pegasus working well when purchased R Now being used as speaker supports


After many tries at getting the system to work without crashing we decided to fix the problem by using the pegasus system unpluged as stands for our speakers not even two years old and absolutely no customer support! So we bought a data tale 4 bay raid ( which is not fussy about the drives we use and is just as fast) - it have no redundancy so a bit risky.
We backup weekly with a time machine drive which proves to be working. We are hoping this will fix the problem and we can start fresh in the new year. Meanwhile we are hoping the transfer of projects and all footage wil go smoothly, luckily we had been backing everything up on other hardrives.

The footage has transferred over even if a little messy and we have to relink files etc it all seems to be working a lot better now.