‘Cloak of Deception’ – The Outlying Systems (Chapters 18 – 33); Chapter 18

Today was a LONG day here at the Crissman household.  It was official filming day.  I turned our “game room” into a filming studio to try and put together a commercial for the Firefox commercial.  We worked with Visual Communicator and with our cheap $100 Digital Blue camera.  Some things went well, others did not.

What went well:  We found out that green velvet works as green screen material as well as the actual green screen.  We found some GREAT back drops free off the web to use for the commercial and we were able to bring the initial ideas together quickly.  The green screen seemed to work out well and it seems as though any of the wrinkles in the green screen had little to no effect on the actual video.  I was excited to see the video process seemed to work out releativley well.  I also used a box painted white and it seemed to accept the green screen idea as well.  Our concepts worked out relatively well and I must say Ruth’s concepts were pretty cool.

What went bad:  Well, green screen is finicky stuff!!!  I had the green screen set up and when I went to put in the toy animals the kids wanted to use, they seemed almost invisible against the green screen.  I worked on it, but never got it to a perfect level.  I’m not sure why , but it just never seemed to work out.  It’s something that I know I will have to work on for our next video someday.  One thing I have learned is that lighting is everything.  If you don’t have good light, you dont’ have a good show.  The other problems were minor, like not quite getting the audio to exactly line up with the video.

All in all, however, it wasn’t a bad commercial.  I don’t want to put it on my OurMedia page yet because I don’t want to put it out on the net until the winner is picked on April 15th.  I’ll let you all know if we win.  It would be nice if we did, but more importantly, my kids and I had a BLAST putting this video together.  A moment I will cherish with them forever.

Speaking of my kids, Heather and I are really frustrated with our youngest daughter, Tara.  We had a situation last weekend where she had taken things of Heathers and mine that she wasn’t supposed to.  She also decided to write on some imporant papers with a permanent marker.  We sat down and talked with her about her behavior and then punished her (no Daisy Scouts for the week and a day in her room).  Now, today, while I was setting up the green screen downstairs and getting things together for the video, Tara decided to break the rules AGAIN.  This time it was triple whammy!!  It was only twenty minutes between moments that I saw her.  In that time, she managed to write on some important papers with a permanent marker, got into Austin’s Boy Scout fishing kit and unwind the reel and make a mess of the fishing line, and went into Ruth’s room and opened up her jewelry box and made a mess of all of her jewelry and had all the chains tangled together.  It took me an hour (and a lot of patience) to undo that!  Anyway, it was apparent to Heather and I that she didn’t learn anything.  So, she has a new punishment now.  She is to spend the next week in her room.  Everyday she comes home from school she will go to her room.  No T.V., and she eats dinner in her room.  We’re hoping this will help her to learn to appreciate the other things she has in life.  It may be a very lonely life for a week, but every night we are going to talk with her about why it’s inappropriate to touch other people’s things.

Okay, so let’s talk about the section titled “The Outlying Systems” and Chapter 18 of “Cloak of Deception” by James Luceno…

Chapters 18 – 33:  The Outlying Systems

Characters:  Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Ki Adi Mundi, Yaddle, Saesee Tiin, Vergere, Depa Billaba, Finis Valorum, Bail Antilles, Horox Ryyder, Palpatine, Yoda, Mace Windu, Adi Gallia, Oppo Rancisis, Cindar, Captain Cohl, Boiny, Lope, Wilhuff Tarkin, Sei Taria, Orn Free Taa, Rella, Havac, Bor Gracus, Sate Pestage, Kinman Doriana, Nate Gunray, Lott Dod

Ships:  The Prominence, The Ecliptic, The Hawk Bat

Planets:  Asmeru, Coruscant, Eriadu


Chapter 18 – Jedi Masters/Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ki Adi Mundi, Yaddle, Saesee Tiin, Vergere, and Depa Billaba are all aboard two diplomatic cruisers (“Prominence”, “Ecliptic”) are trying to land ont he planet, Asmeru.  They are informed on ther way into planet space that they were unaware that Jedi would be dispatched to their planet.  They are also unaware of the attempt on Valorum’s life.  Three Nebula Front ships approach the diplomatic cruisers but House Vandron dispatches ships to disperse them.  Vandron’s ships leave orbit as the cruisers are over the mine fields of Asmeru when out of nowhere four starfighters and “The Hawk Bat” set off the mines and force the cruisers towards the explosions.  Both ships begin to crash into the water.


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