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Jedd Johnson

Thanks for the update. 

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richcottrell

A few days ago I got a chance to watch a little more of the Living Legends DVD edit....

it's coming along real nice.   The intro is almost finished, and we now have better graphics.   The first 1/4 of the competition has been edited and i truly like what I see.  

I even had Andrew and Jedd watch what we have so far so I could get some feedback for our editor.   

If you listen to Jedd's recent "This Week in Grip" podcast you can listen to Jedd's opinion on how the project is looking. 

Check out the second video of Episode Six and it's toward the end.

Jedd seamed real excited.   I must admit it felt real good to hear his reaction as I know this has taken a while to get together...

while I can not give a public demo for everyone, you can at least hear Jedd's reaction so far. Again, it's at the end of the last segment in that second video.

i did not even realize Jedd was going to mention the DVD.

thank you.

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Jedd Johnson

It was REALLY Cool!

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richcottrell

March update:

The video is almost fully edited!  I am talking with graphics, credits, music and everything.   It is very exciting and once you see it you will be happy we did not rush this process.

  After the video is finished we will burn a few test copies onto physical DVDs to see how many different players it can play on.

Because the initial orders were low, our editor should be able to make those copies for all the people who preordered.

At a later date we will decide how any future copies will be sold and at what price.

I am still looking to make a full featured DVD.   I was wondering if anyone took pictures at the competition?  I am thinking about putting together a photo "slide show" with a audio track.  

So does anyone have good photos of the Legends Contest that they would like to show the Grip World?

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richcottrell

Got a preview copy to look over.  Getting close guys.  Thanks for your patience 

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Leonard_Washington

I preordered when first announced.  Will I be able to choose between Blu-Ray or DVD?  I'll buy both if available.  I'll buy a Blu-Ray copy if its rendered in HD.  I'm excited!

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richcottrell

The Living Legends Grip Challenge.
April update:

I am happy to say, the preview copy of the Living Legends DVD looked great!

Even as I type this, a limited run of standard definition DVD discs are being made.  The few people who preordered a copy should have theirs by the end of the month...
hopefully much sooner!  
Each will be individually made by the person who edited for me.  They should look like the picture I posted the other day.

For those people who preordered a copy,  I thank you for your patience.  Once you get your copy, you should be very happy with this.  Your support was a good motivator to keep going and helped get this thing finished.  

I really need to thank Andrew Pantke for the opportunity to make an edited record of his brainchild, The Living Legends Grip Challenge.  What an amazing event he created.  I am glad to have had a small part in making a lasting document for people who were not there.  Also, for the people who were there and for all the competitors, I think this DVD will be a great memento for you.  I am sure you will want to watch it more then once.

I also would like to thank Jedd Johnson for jumping in and agreeing to facilitate the pre-orders.  He is the reason I can say you should have your copies soon.    Jedd also gave us some of his candid footage -- stuff the professional camera guys did not get--  which has been edited into a Bonus Feature on the DVD.

Financially, this DVD was a leap of faith.
In our small, yet international world of GripSport, there has never been something produced like this DVD before.  While GripSport seems to be growing, is still small and homespun.  Competitions are far from moneymakers, and they definitely do not attract the money to make things like this DVD’s production run on autopilot. 
That said, and in my opinion, FBBC’s Living Legends became a primer event so it became a great excuse to try to raise the bar.  The actual event certainty did!

While there are things I wish I could do better or differently, I think this DVD will really exceed your expectations.

 

Moving forward, we will work out a game plan on how future copies will be sold.  There will be a second chance to get yourself a copy if you did not preorder.  There are just a few details that still need to be worked out.

Thanks,

rich cottrell

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May update:

Video has been fully edited for a few months actually, but none of the attempts to author the DVD's passed quality control.  
Here are the 4 video chapters that should make up the finished DVD.
1) The Legends Class
This is the main competition and it is also the meat of the DVD. This part is about 40 min long.  It has music and graphics as well as individual event results along with a “leader board” that gets updated after each event.  Also included is the awards presentation.

2) The Open Class
While this part of the Living Legends was not intended to be edited, there was enough footage to make a mini video of those guys.  While every lift was not filmed, there was enough stuff for the editor to make the decision to produce a nice editorial for the Open Class.

3) The Feat Finale
This is footage that Jedd provided of the stuff those guys did after the competition.  While this is available on his youtube site,  the editor put some music to it and edited out the slower stuff to make a nice mini video.  This is the Grip Gravy.  If you watch the first two videos and then watch this part, you really get a feel like you were a spectator for the Living Legends Competition.

4) Andrew Durniat’s podcast interview
The week after the competition Andrew did the podcast "Muscle and Motivation."  The editor took some audio clips from that show, and edited it to some of the unused footage from the competition.  This was an “add on” so it is just a very short video.

 

OK so here is where were are at on the actual DVD’s:
THEY ARE NOT FINISHED

The editor was never able to make a fully finished DVD. 
Burning the DVD’s was not what she was hired to do, but she had volunteered to make enough copies so we could get them to the preorder guys.  She tried, but it was her first time trying the two different DVD authoring programs. Sadly she could not get me a fully finished DVD.  Some had flawed navigation while others had compression flaws.

In her defense the one program was a crap product.  In the end American Express gave her a refund when the company would not respond to her tech support inquiries.
But she really spun her wheels trying to get that done, and we probably lost a month of our time.

The DVD burning became a frustrating experience, and I think it burnt out our editor, but I think you will like the finished video.

I got the hard drive back from her a few weeks ago.  It has the four edited video files.  I am handing over the job of the DVD burning to another person.  We will probably use a duplication house so the physical DVD might not look like the one in the picture I posted a while ago.

I will give an update next week on the expected timeline for the physical DVD’s.
Sorry for the dealys

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May 30th update:

    By the time you read this, anyone who placed a preorder should have a dvd either in the mail, or in the mail tomorrow.  Not sure how long the post office will take, but Jedd has an excellent reputation for filling orders, so I would think you should have your disc in a week’s time.

Each DVD will have not only the final cut of the Living Legends Grip Challenge, but each will include all three of the special feature mini videos I have mentioned already.  The discs and the packaging will look like the previous picture I posted before.

We are sending these discs out before the mass production version is ready. I wanted to get the Living Legends Challenge video into your hands as soon as possible.  You have all been patient with this process and I thank you for supporting this project.

You will notice a small flaw in one of the extras called “The Feat Finale”.  This was the footage that Jedd provided of the Grip Feats that happened both after the Legend’s Class but during the Open Class, as well as stuff that happened towards the end of the day.   Even if you were at the event you might have missed some of this stuff.  Jedd has already posted this footage on the internet, but he provided a copy of the original for the editor and she created a cool compilation.

While the disc error has nothing to do with Jedd’s original footage, these discs represent the best version of the total package our editor was able to produce, so with Jedd’s permission we are sending out these discs anyway. 
 NOTE:
This “Feat Finale” extra will display in the wrong aspect ratio on your tv set.  It was an encryption error.  All the disks are like this.  It is NOT a problem with your TV set or you DVD/ BluRay player. 

I have been shopping the DVD master and replication to a few vendors, and as long as all 4 videos can still fit on a single disc with no quality loss, the final production versions will still have the Main Event, as well as the 3 “extras” – with the Feats Finale’s aspect error fixed.

For the mass production discs, I am still trying to keep the costs as low as possible but I would like to eliminate as many flaws in the authoring and encryption as possible.  The physical packaging might be a little different.
I will be happy to send the 10 or 11 people who preordered this video a fixed DVD version of the disc [at my expense] when they are finally available.

I am trusting you all not to put this video on the internet as I have invested a chunk of cash into this.  While I will not make it all back, it would be nice to make a few cents on the dollar.

Once you guys get to watch the videos, I would love to hear what you think of both The Living Legends Contest, as well as the DVD that I produced of it.
I expect there might be a little controversy… because some of the lifts were captured in slow motion.  You be the "judge" on that…
I have no reason to think you will not be happy with the video, and I hope to have exceeded your expectations.

This dvd is truly a one of a kind thing.

 

For everyone else who has already asked to place an order, please give me two weeks to sort out the mass production finalization.  If you ever ran track you will understand this -- I do not want to drop the baton on the last handoff.

In closing,  please hang in there and stand by for more info on the standard definition DVDs.  Also, the original video was shot and edited on HD, so I still plan on trying to have some Blu-ray discs made. 
Very few, and I mean VERY FEW, people expressed interest in a Blu-ray copy.  That said, I already have one test copy in  Blu-ray and  I mailed a second blu-ray to the guy who made this whole competition video possible.
 I would love to share that higher resolution with people who also want to enjoy this project as it was intended, in HD.  I have no idea how that might play out so please understand a blu-ray version might not include all the special features mentioned earlier.

 

My plan all along was to make a very high quality video, and make every cent go into the capturing and editing of the video.  You should really enjoy this video and find it something worthy of more then one viewing.

I am looking forward to hearing what you guys think of it.
Thanks again,
rich cottrell

 

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anwnate

Thanks for all your hard work Rich. You've gone above and beyond man.  Can't wait to watch it!

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richcottrell

We had one preorder almost slip through the cracks, but as of today all preorders should be in the mail.  

If you ordered in the USA and you do not get your copy by next Friday -- June 9th--  please contact me directly.
There was one international order, so for that person, please let me know when you get your copy.

This DVD you are getting is what is called a "screener" in Hollywood.  When the mass produced DVD's are available, I will get you one.  
I trust you will not copy, sell, or upload this screener to the internet.

Feel free to watch it with all your fiends and family!
I am proud to have been able to help preserve that day of The Living Legends.  I thank all the people involved.

My next update will be June 12th, but I am sure whoever gets their copy first will be the first to say something... 
For now, I am going to ask for this topic to be locked so those preorder people can easily find this info.
thanks
rich cottrell

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