[Conversion to a format YouTube is happy with has rendered our movie’s image quality awful. I have an aesthetically-pleasing copy on my computer. If you have the opportunity, ASK ME FOR THE GOOD VERSION!]
This blog couldn’t exist without the technological developments that made the personal computer possible. If you’ve ever wondered about the story behind the PC, but didn’t know where to turn, our video is the one for you! To chronicle this history, we created the featurette for a hypothetical film, PARC (an acronym for Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center.) Through this backdrop, we delved deep into the legendary story behind the birth of the personal computer: from the clandestine exploits of college students, to their legitimization at Xerox, and Steve Jobs’ eventual adoption of their ideas. We originally intended to make a featurette with just the clips of our actors, but felt that this didn’t completely get the message across. Instead, we brought back the format of Friedman & Gilmore Explain It All, which provided light-hearted analysis and commentary on the story line of PARC. Ultimately, we’ve tried to capture the exhilarating ethos of the location and era that gave rise to some of the most significant innovations ever developed.
Hope you enjoy it!
Waldrop, M. Mitchell. The Dream Machine: J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal. New York: Viking, 2001. Print.
Ratatat. Lex. XL Recordings, 2006. MP3.
The Flaming Lips. Us and Them (featuring Henry Rollins). The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon. 2009. MP3
Pink Floyd. Money. Dark Side of the Moon. 1973. MP3
Pink Floyd. Any Color You Like. Dark Side of the Moon. 1973. MP3
Tada noise—freesound.org (http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=60443)