My first ever attempt to make a title for a video. Graphics, made simple to create 10 years later, were not quite so simple in the 1980s.
Dance scene action from "Sally Arrives in San Francisco and Goes New Wavy"
Hare Krishnas at the 1987 Haight Street Fair
Co-worker Miguel giving a house tour in his baseball uniform
A man comes by during the All Beings Parade on Haight Street, July 1987
In June 1987 after less than a month with my first VHS video camera, a friend and I traveled to Marin County near the Golden Gate Bridge, and to the top of Twin Peaks in San Francisco. I took the camera with me.
On Twin Peaks at one point I turned the camera toward our large television tower that got much use back in the 1980s, Sutro Tower, and zoomed in. The sunlight shone through it reflecting down the frame as diamond-shaped rays of color.
Sutro Tower with reflected light. Several seconds spent while up on Twin Peaks with my video camera gave rise indirectly to this entire section of my web site.
Later I was putting together some composite scenes I'd taken to make tapes and give to friends, and needed an opening. I used the Sutro Tower clip, and Sutro Tower Video was born. It was never a "real" company, but I had a lot of fun with it and still use the name.
Looking through old clips of "A Tour of San Francisco" which I compiled in about October 1987, I remembered the first time I realized I could merge the original sound source in with a second one and get music overlaid on the video. Unfortunately without a mixer it was very hit and miss.
I had no idea when this began that I would enjoy it so much. Things happen that way.
Clips from this first compilation include footage from:
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
►A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")