Steps Ahead

Since I have been a silent blogger and will admit feel a bit behind of other RV grantees who have impressed me with their dedication and great work–I am now taking some time to catch up and report a little on what is going on with the Iran Inside Out project.

One update is that two videos have been made, subtitled and ready to be uploaded and embedded on to the site which I hope will be launched very soon. One of the obstacles in getting the videos up has been that the filmmakers have encountered many problems when trying to compress their files and then upload or email them. The main issue is that they all use different editing software and that a standard mechanism needs to be created and made accessible for the participants to make it smooth and straight-forward. This will encourage more videos to be made and more time spent on the creative side.

I have not been in the country for 6 months now and have been running much of the project remotely. But the good news is that I will be in Iran in one month and am spending a good portion of the summer on solving this problem and making other advances in the project.

What would be useful before then is for me to have a framework prepared and information gathered on various technical issues concerning compression on various editing software, quality control of videos, and upload/email issues using medium to low internet speeds. This is something I am working and if there are any links or relevant material you suggest I read, then please do let me know. Id be glad to learn from your experiences…

Stay tuned for the launch of the site and the presentation of the two videos…

Thank you for your comments

Dear all RV bloggers,

I am delighted to have gotten your feedback since the last post I wrote and have taken note of your interests. Hip hop in Iran, the lives of children, these are all very interesting topics, which I hope the participants will find interesting and accessible to make videos about.

In the next few weeks the Iran Inside Out site will be up where videos will begin to be uploaded. I hope that you will continue to give your valubale feedback then so that the filmmakers will remain inspired and in interaction.

Thanks for your encouraging words and time put in to write comments!