Tomorrow is D-Day for receiving all the archival footage from the various sources. Today I've been waiting by the eFax for the final license agreements from NBC and CBS/BBC. Fedex will arrive tomorrow with tapes containing the "clean" high resolution footage, that we'll upconvert to high-def via a process I still don't quite understand, despite having done this for close to ten years now.
Basically it means is that the old 4:3 square standard definition footage (the shape of an old tv) will be upconverted to a 16:9 rectangle (today's plasma or LCD screen dimension).
That means that, for the archival footage to fill the screen, it needs to be re-framed and zoomed through, because all older footage was shot to the 4:3 aspect ratio. That's why archival footage in documentaries broadcast in HD sometimes looks grainy or pixelated -- it was never intended to be "blown up."
This afternoon Kyle Muzenrieder at the New Times lit a fuse with his blog post:
Uncle Luke Records Theme Song for 'Canes Doc; [UM President] Donna Shalala Must Be Thrilled
We imagine some uptight higher-ups at the school might not be thrilled at the aspect of the As Nasty As They Wanna Be rapper putting his stamp on the documentary, then again, The U doesn't promise to be a rainbow filled trip down Hurricane history. That hasn't stopped the doc from getting an on-campus screening on December 10, a day after the film premieres at Colony Theater.
Bottom line is that Luke was a big influence on the University of Miami football program during the glory years and is involved with the program today. I'm sure we'll get into all of this at the campus screening on December 10th.