Unsolved

Solve the Mystery of Oklahoma Video Production!

In the summer of 2007 while I was a film student at Oklahoma City University, the Moving Image Arts program headed by Fritz Kiersch decided to make a feature length film.  The film was helmed by graduate student Lance McDaniel and was written by McDaniel and Oklahoma filmmaker Sean Lynch.

Undergraduates were allowed to sign up for the film as a six hour summer course to fulfill class requirements such as camera, lighting, etc.  Because the program was less than two years old, no students had advanced far enough to get to the editing courses.  However, I was a transfer student having previously been a student in the Oklahoma City Community College film program, also under Fritz, and had several years of editing experience.  I was asked to edit and took the project to fulfill my advanced editing coursework which wouldn't have been available for several more semesters.

Unsolved was my first feature and a daunting project for me because unlike other feature editors, I had not worked my way up as an assistant on other films first.  Needless to say, I had no idea what to expect.  I encountered P2 workflow for the first time as the film was shot on a HVX-200 with a 35mm lens adapter.  We had hoped to have a computer to work on from the start of the production so I could log and ingest each day's footage as we went, but a true workstation did not arrive until fall semester began and we had to rely on an array of temporary solutions to get any editing done.

While the edit spilled into the fall semester and time became precious for me, I enjoyed almost every minute of the experience and I cannot wait for another chance to edit a feature length movie.

Patrick Kirk

Oklahoma City, OK, United States

No one knows the exact day Patrick Kirk was born, because he was carried into town by a pack of wild coyotes, but the end of March seems to have some consensus built around it. The townsfolk hadn’t much need for a coyote-raised wild boy seein’ as they already had a town idiot. So, they set Patrick off with the next traveling circus that rolled through town. It was there that the young boy learned of books and math and writing and other cultural offerings from Martha, the kindly old bearded lady, and her husband, Harold, the world’s tallest midget. In between shows, he would explore each new town, never having the chance to make friends with children his age, mostly because they didn’t speak coyote… However, it was on one such trek in his later teen years that Patrick happened upon a small cinema playing an engagement of Major League II. From then on, he knew that he must dedicate his life to motion pictures. The members of the circus were sad to see him go, some angry calling cinema ‘beneath them’, but Patrick took his leave and headed off to university to study the filmic arts. Over nearly half a decade of study, Patrick learned from notables such as Fritz Kiersch, director of Children of the Corn, and Gray Fredrickson, producer of the Godfather Trilogy. Patrick has worked locally in the Oklahoma City market as a grip, camera operator, and editor. He has directed a number of short films and commercial projects and aspires to do more. When not in the editing suite or on set, Patrick can be found relaxing at local sporting events or playing a round of golf. He is particularly fond of poker and has been known to frequent the local casinos. Patrick also experiments with cooking and can make a mean batch of tacos. Among things he still would like to accomplish, Patrick hopes to fly to the moon one day and get into an old fashioned pistols at dawn duel; preferably both at the same time.