Peek Over My Shoulder

Been splitting my time between being a physicist and being a filmmaker making a film about physicists. It has been an interesting time. Recall from earlier posts (see e.g. here and here) that I am working on getting a film made for the Aspen Center for Physics in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. I’ve got rather sucked into the process – a lot more than I intended – and so find myself putting together the script that will guide the editor in cutting the film. This means that I’m reviewing acres of footage of interviews and picking out some great quotes from my awesome cast of interviewees. You might recognize some of them (feel free to try to name them, and their field…).

What you’re seeing in the picture is a screenshot of some of the windows I have open so that I can jump back and forth and review segments and see if I like not just the words they say at various points, but also the tone of what they’re saying, and so on and so forth. I’m also writing some voiceover that I hope a friend of mine from the acting world will have time to read for the film. (He’s enthusiastically agreed, but I hope that the timeline all works out to make it happen…)

So I’ve just finished a pass through, and am now trying to resist the temptation to try to roughly cut something together myself to see how it flows! Leave it to the professionals, cvj. Back away from that iMovie program now


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7 Responses to Peek Over My Shoulder

  1. Jude says:

    Are you going to show it at the Aspen Center for Physics when it’s done? I thought this concert of physicists’ kids sounded interesting: but since it’s in the concert hall instead of the tent, I doubt that I’ll go (if it were in the tent, I could sit outside & listen). Getting wrapped up in an intriguing creative project is all too easy.

  2. Clifford says:

    Hi Jude! Yeah, I just did the edit anyway. Ack. But yes, the Center commissioned the film to be shown there and elsewhere, so maybe if you go along to some of the public 50th anniversary events you’ll see it. The event you point to is but one of many celebratory events….



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  5. Jared Lowenstein says:

    I hope you don’t burn yourself out. If you get done with the video, please share it with us to through this blog – I’m thinking that your video is going to be pretty good.

    I’ll bookmark your page to stay tuned.

  6. Clifford says:


    The film is finished and delivered. Thanks for asking. I do not know when or if the Center will be making it viewable online… That’s up to them. They _are_ showing it to audiences at the 50th anniversary celebrations right now, I hear…



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