Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snowstorm in Wichita

I originally had a post I was working on this frozen morning, then changed my mind, especially after I checked the "current temperature" which is NEGATIVE 7 degrees F as of nearly four a.m.. We may either tie or set the record for a low on this date.

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will remember last Friday and Saturday my city set record highs at 70 degrees F each day. Fast forward to Feb 1, and a friend sent me this video. Here is what he wrote:
On Tuesday, Feb. 1, I drove from my house in Riverside to the Donut Whole and back in the snowstorm. Using the iPhone "8mm Vintage Camera" app, I shot footage of the journey; later last night I edited it to the tune of Galaxie 500's beautiful song "Snowstorm."

The video was posted on Facebook, where I received a lot of immediate positive feedback, and several requests to make the video available to non-Facebookers. So I posted it on Vimeo as well, at the address below.

Those of you who drop by most Sundays will surely recognize many of the places I have taken photos of, including the river near my home. It will soon be obvious that the filmmaker, Michael Carmody, lives in my neighborhood, which the City calls "historic," and I call "old."

Snowstorm from Michael Carmody on Vimeo.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this accurate descriptive film about a tiny slice of my city and neighborhood through the eyes of Michael Carmody.

And since this is the first time I've ever added a video to my blog, keep your fingers crossed that it works.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Cath said...

Love the video and the area you live in, its so open. Keep warm and watch out for the pipes.


Diane said...

Oh wow, 70 degrees--I can't even remember what that feels like. We've been in the 20's for at least a month--bad bad storm yesterday too--stay warm!! I love how this film came out--takes me back to when my father loved to film everything. We have so many old films.

Clare H said...

What a beautiful video, he was brave to go out in it that's for sure!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I loved the video- it was great to see a bigger slice of where you live! I've always lived in old/historic neighborhoods so your's was already dear to my heart in style ;) Were the color tones of the video affected by the snow, or did he shoot it with a filter? I love how antique the colors are- if you didn't have the cars and traffic lights it could be from another it, whether it was on purpose or not!

Nancy said...

Fun to see the large older homes in your area. He sure had the roads pretty much to himself in several areas. Hope the place was open when he got there. Thanks for posting this.

Kimmie said...

What a cool video! I love the views of your neighborhood and city .... The snow makes it all very surreal!

Dianne said...

so cool! it had a ghostly quality, and the song was certainly appropriate too...loved the "old" quality as someone mentioned.

~*~Patty S said...

Loved the video, perfect music and capture...a nice way to start my day.

Sorry you are SO cold there...definitely stay inside and play weather :)

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Thanks for sharing the video, it was lovely to see some of your neighbourhood :-)
Anne xx

Halle said...

Cool video! Even cooler VW!!!! It was definitely from the 1960's. I had a 1972 yellow bug as a teen.
Stay warm.
We have bright sunny skies and 10°F right now but the wind chill is below zero. Cuts through the house. BRRR!

voodoo vixen said...

Great film, love the sepia tones he has used!! You will be extremely happy to know that I have plus figures on the thermometer today... +7 degrees C to be precise, so you must be getting my share of the cold!! ;) Stay warm my friend, and keep checking the pipes!!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Great video! That much snow in Oregon would close the whole state down....well, the western half! Hope you're staying in and staying warm.

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome video! What a nice way to end my day! Hugs, Terri xoxo

sandra de said...

Such a cool (no pun intended) video and what a beautiful place to live. Hope you and Bluebeard are keeping cosy.

Michael Carmody said...

Hi, folks...I shot and edited that video, and I appreciate all the nice comments. The car, by the way, is a '63 (same as Herbie in the movies), and the entire film was shot on my iPhone 3Gs using a $1.99 app called 8mm Vintage Camera. I edited it and added the music on my PC with Windows Movie Maker, a freebie program that comes with Windows Vista.

I also frequently shoot hi-def video with my Flip Ultra camera; readers of this fine blog may enjoy some of my other short film projects, viewable at my YouTube channel:

Keep creating, folks!

Best regards,
Michael Carmody

PS: I also created a website on Wichita history that has received a lot of attention: