I have not had much time to blog because I was frantically trying to finish the DVD project along with our partners Scott & Kate (aka: "other Kate") McKelvie. It seemed like I was driving to their farm Alpacas of Sunset Fields
every other day to re-do voice over work, burn DVD masters, dump alpaca footage onto my external hard drive or whatever. THEN I realized that I was going to have to submit graphic art work for the cover and for the DVD label!!! Oh No!
The DVD "replicators" sent a 5 page art specs document and, of course, the whole thing is measured in millimeters. Do I own any graphic arts package that measures in millimeters? No, I do not. I was like a monkey with a ruler in one hand and a conversion calculator in the other hand, trying to fit photos and text into the proper spaces. Of course the text has to be converted into paths and all fonts used have to be embedded. Huh?
Above is the proof sent back to me by the replicators for the DVD Box. This copy of it is too small for it to look good but it's very readable and cute in a larger size.
Here is my favorite paragraph from the art specs:
"f. White flood “donuts” must be provided separately from the main artwork if they are to be used. “Donuts” must comply with dimensional specifications for both size and trapping as set forth later in this document."
There's only one type of donut that I'm familiar with and it's not an art spec. It's more like junk food. Here is the disc itself, and it's too red but it didn't look red on my computer monitor. That's because I don't really understand CYMK color separation properly. Note that they print out the color blocks right there on your proof just to PROVE
that they are correct about which color is which and YOU do not know diddly. I was already aware of that little fact however. It took me a whole hour just to get the center whole in the correct place for goodness sakes!
The upside to all this is that our DVD, Alpaca Care for Beginners - We walk you Through it.
is going to be sold for the first time at the VAOBA Expo !
near Richmond, Virginia on Nov. 4 & 5! I'm pretty excited about that!
The other thing is that I really don't mind driving to the other Kate's farm. The other Kate owns the first two alpaca that I ever purchased and I can see them any time I want plus I know they are very well cared for. They are, Primrose & Latte (below)
Plus, the scenery on the way to the other Kates' place in Pennsylvania is really gorgeous. There is a buffalo farm right there on the way and, as I stopped to snap a photo, one of them stuck his tongue out at me! Pretty rude.
Here are some pretty goats that I usually stop and admire for a minute if there is no car behind me. I used to own goats myself and just adore them.
Other Kate also has a cool Llama named "Abbey." She is a guest star in our movie and here she is posing for publicity shots with a young fan:
There must be at least 20 beautiful old barns on the way from my place in Mount Airy, MD to Other Kate's in Glen Rock, PA. Here are only 2 of the ones I have photographed over the years:
I had planned to do this blog entry about the movie AFTER I had figured out how to embed a YouTube Movie clip here in my blog but I think that will have to wait until I have more free time.
See you at VAOBA Expo !
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