- Sep 27, 2008
The Dr. Ebbetts 9/11 News Compilation |
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"September 11, 2001 - As It Happened - A Composite"
Label: Dr. Ebbetts
Description from Dr. Ebbetts:
"As many of you may know, I have spent the better part of four-and-a-half years working on a project
for a friend of mine in Colorado who was directly affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks on New
York and Washington. I don't want to get into specifics, out of respect for this person's privacy, but I
was asked to compile as much video as I could find of the original newscasts of September 11, 2001,
from as many networks as possible, covering the events as they unfolded on live television. Being a
video editor by trade (among other vocations), I had no problem taking this project on. The attacks
touched me very deeply and profoundly and I was happy to do it once I knew what was desired.
The problem, naturally, was in finding the footage requested. To say the least, this was a task almost
impossible in its undertaking. In short, I was asked to create a video record of the day as it played out
on live television, from the initial bulletins, to the impact of the second airplane on live television, to the
attack on the Pentagon, to the collapse of both towers. In fact, I was asked to create a kind of documentary
- a montage, if you will - in a cohesive, watchable presentation, that captured that morning in an "as it happened"
kind of way. Many fine documentaries have been produced depicting the events of that day, but there had never
been an "as it happened" compilation, employing original newscasts, meant to encapsulate that morning in a
video timeline. This was right up my alley.
Of course, this wouldn't be easy. Let's face it, unless someone happened to be rolling live on "Good Morning
America" and the "Today Show" at 8:00AM that morning (for reasons unknown), how would anyone happen
to have the "breaking news" announcements of a plane crashing into the North Tower? And if someone actually
did have the presence of mind to start rolling a few minutes into the bulletin, it still wouldn't be absolutely
complete. Many people changed channels to try and get the "latest" information, so getting a complete telecast
was as close to impossible as it got, especially for those first couple of hours. And if there were people with
VCRs rolling that morning, how on earth would I find them? And if I could find them, how could I get them to
loan me these precious tapes?
I spent literally years going to the networks and the local stations in New York to try and get help, but many
wouldn't even talk to me, and others still wanted ridiculous copyright fees.
To make a long story short, being "Doc Ebbetts" does have its benefits, I guess.and after arduous, painstaking
tenacity, I was able to collect the footage I needed, many of which have STILL not been seen publicly since that
fateful morning. I spent months editing this program, as simple as the finished product ultimately is, after watching
these telecasts over and over to try and piece it together in such a way as to recapture the horror, the mayhem, the
confusion and the shock of that morning. As we approach the sixth anniversary of the event, I have been given the
"okay" to make this available to you. The program was actually completed last year, in time for the fifth anniversary
commemoration, but I couldn't make it available to you then.
I am offering a DVD, printed and created in the true "Ebbetts" style of quality, artwork and design called "September
11, 2001 - As It Happened - A Composite."
This video program tells the story, in a timeline fashion, of how the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded on live
television, utilizing the original newscasts from that horrible morning. This program serves as an archival video record
of how the national and local (New York and Washington) broadcast networks covered the event, as it happened. The
newsclips employed are not flashback clips..these are the ORIGINAL broadcasts from that morning."
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Edited by Matt
, Mar 11 2012, 03:43 PM.