12:01 AM, Thursday, January 2nd, 2014:

Since this video is identical to Vienna's birth I figured I'd open the entry with what I wrote then. It's spot on, why I did this...

I've always prided myself on the ability to edit video/film to the perfect point of time vs. storytelling. It's not about making it shorter, it's about improving the storyline or maintaining the storyline in a more concise manner. It's an art that I adore and have honed over the past 20 years of editing going back to the "2 VCR" days in the 90s.


Every once and awhile though, a story comes along that needs the weight of time to work. You don't want to throw in music to build suspense, you don't want to make overt edits for suspense... you have to sit and feel it. You have to watch the character pace. You have to watch the character shake his legs and the only editing device needed? Is a clock. A simple tick of a clock and a sub-title saying how long until the moment, and how long since the moment passed.
After loading all the footage, and cutting together my own personal video for us... I realized it was the only way to share it. And if you hadn't imagined, the "Journey Videos" are almost always a snippet of the longer videos I put together and share. I have terabytes of archives of video for personal viewing later... but in this case? The video is just too stunning for me not to share. I have never seen a birth like this. I have never known what happens in the first 20 minutes of life, as it happens. It's remarkable to me even if it wasn't my kid and man, that Go-Pro fish-eye lens footage is so surreal. I feel like I'm watching my memories.
It honestly is that incredible to me. Of course it is long, and I don't expect people to watch the entire thing unless they're family, but it is stunning how much the GoPro's fish-eye lens feels like a memory. And how cool to have your first 20 minutes on tape, like that uncut? So here's Cameron Michael's entrance into the world...

I'm considering intercutting Vienna & Cameron's first 24 hours at some point because it's downright surreal how identical the scenes are. From the seat behind Talya, to the ride to the nursery, to the same window... except with Vienna seeing Cameron? Whaaaaaaaaaat? It's just remarkable. These are simply the most precious videos to me. Love it.

And tomorrow we finsh things off with what is always the best of the 3, people finally meeting him and Vienna finally getting to see Mama who she has desperately missed. :-) Very sweet stuff.