How Does the SETI Institute Measure Success?
I was particularly interested in how the SETI Institute measured success, and Jill Tarter spoke eloquently about this. So, I edited and edited and edited and came up with these two-minutes.
It’s not finished. I’m still ambivalent about “and therefore you take your success incrementally.” And the timing will change once the images are on top of it. But overall, I’m somewhat pleased with audio. I decided I’d keep the beginning as a talking head because she starts off in this contemplative pose.
PANIC!!!Yes, panic. Panic that I don’t have the right footage. Panic that I used all the good footage already. Panic that I didn’t shoot enough. Panic that I need to fire up the camera and shoot more. Panic that I don’t have a clue what to put over this audio in the first place and therefore I’m a total fraud of a filmmaker and I should just go eat some worms. Panic, panic, panic!!!
And Then About an Hour Later …I took a breath, closed my eyes, and listened to what Tarter was saying. “ …my colleagues and I…” “We…” (seven times in one minute) “For us…” (her emphasis).
Eureka!Though A Life’s Work is about these subjects, I also want to show at some point that they are not engaged in these endeavors alone. They stand on the shoulders of giants, and they are all part of a team. This is what I heard Tarter saying and this was my opportunity to show the teamwork. Did I have the footage? Yes. I had footage of Tarter’s SETI colleagues working, sometimes together, sometimes on their own.
But there is no mini-narrative as there is, for example, in the Searching for Gospel Vinyl clip.