Sunday, July 17, 2016

NYFSCD

About eleven years or so ago, I came up with the idea to do a chase-related DVD featuring nothing except behind-the-scenes type stuff, basically just a 90-minute mash up of various bits and scraps, mostly focused on "what you never see" or funny type stuff. The inspiration struck while doing production on "A Perfect Spinning Circus." I had decided to place an easter egg after the credits, which consisted of about 5-10 minutes' worth of that very idea. I enjoyed the process so much, I thought "this might make an interesting feature-length video."

Fast-forward to now, past several years of not being able to move forward with the project for whatever reason, and the idea is finally starting to see fruition. As most any artistic endeavor, this one too has morphed from the original idea. What started out as just a video of table scraps has now become a full-on documentary, albeit atypical. I decided to focus on the people exclusively, and leave out anything about the act of physically chasing storms itself. Oh, there's bits and pieces scattered throughout of actual chase footage, but they're used in the context of the original idea, not as a way to show "what chasing is."

Beyond the premise, what makes this project unique happened quite by accident. The aforementioned delays, for literally years and years, that slowed production, have now created a work that despite being released in 2016, features footage shot predominantly in 2007. Add in even older material from 2001, and this DVD will be full of footage that will be 9-15 years old at the time of its release. So you end up with a documentary that's already odd (because of concept/directing) and features still-active chasers, but as they were nine to fifteen years ago. That was never the plan.

Oh yeah, the title is "Not Your Father's Storm Chaser Documentary."

Originally I had intended on giving this production away free, as a gift to anyone who purchased one of my storm chasing DVDs. But then interest seemed to increase the more I mentioned the idea, and it seemed there were enough people willing to pay for it that I then decided to offer it for sale. I took that idea into production, and have been eagerly banging away at the project since. I've been offering sneak previews of certain portions of the project as I go along, but the feedback on these nuggets has been - to be kind - underwhelming. So underwhelming in fact, that I've been more surprised than disappointed. Once again, it seems I took a great idea and simply took too long to bring it to life. I guess it's inevitable, even if I personally disagree: everything has a shelf life now.

I was so blown away with the lack of response that I considered not releasing it at all, and making it a "those involved" exclusive only, just handing copies out to everyone featured in the documentary. I may still do that. I may still offer it as a free gift for those who buy DVDs. But it will definitely not be available for purchase as a stand-alone item.

It's been a cool experience, going through hours and hours of old footage, from a time in my chasing career that seems a lifetime away. Lots of great memories, and a lot of laughs. I see so many parallels between our old footage and much of what is out there today. The difference being, nothing we did was being broadcast live or shared with the world via social media as it happened. We were just living our lives, doing our thing, and the only people who knew anything about it was us. The world didn't know, because the world didn't care. It didn't need to.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

'Til Death

You ever have that moment when you realize that what you had previously thought was just "the worst year of my life" is actually just your life now? It happened to me, slowly, over the last year. After years of repeat blog posts lamenting about how horrible a stretch of a chasing we were stuck in, the only difference being the dates and times they were posted, I finally figured it out: Hey Shane, welcome to your life now.

Chasing dreams (if you're not independently wealthy anyway) is a complicated mix of risk, chance, hesitation, timing, environment, guilt, and lots and lots of deep thinking about it all. When you're young, or just new to something, it's all about the risk. You just say "fuck it" and go hell bent, because you don't have it yet and you desperately want it. It's easy to ignore all other components because you're so singularly-focused on that dream. Then things start to happen slowly over time, and each new thing introduces a new part of the Chasing Dreams Equation. What you'll find you're left with eventually, is a whole bunch of crap you have to look over, analyze, weigh out for pros/cons/relevance, and finally make decisions on. Big decisions. Painful decisions. But also "I did the right thing and I feel good about that at least" decisions.

I had a great run. I chased almost twenty damn years throwing caution to the wind, ignoring my life, and all those other silly parts of the CDE that come after risk. I regret none of it. I still long for it. But those days are over. To rebuild my chasing career, I will have to find a new path, a new method, a new philosophy going forward. Because the old way doesn't fucking work anymore.

For me, the battle I've always fought wasn't dealing with the pain of missing out, hell that's easy (bottle of wine and ignoring social media for a few days). My battle has always been with myself, fearing that becoming responsible and dealing with missing out while taking on more life responsibilities would harden me to the point of losing my passion. In other words, becoming so good at being a good loser that I'd lose my lust for winning. I still fight that battle every day, and the fucked up part is, I honestly don't know if it's even an issue. Part of me thinks I'll always be trying to find ways to get out there and video tornadoes, regardless of where I am in life. Most of me in fact. But that tiny percent that keeps whispering "Hell dude, a few more years of missing out and you won't even care anymore" keeps me on edge. After all, I didn't sacrifice the prime of my life just to get those prime years....I did it for the rest of them.

'Til Death.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Searching

It's been happening for years. I lust for creative energy, ideas, production. I yearn for projects that will keep me busy and bear fruit. I get them, but at the worst possible times, when I'm nowhere near a computer. I make mental notes and think to myself "oh I'll definitely remember this" or "no way this will seem boring or stupid to me when I get home later."  Then I get home, and nothing. Work and life in general have been champions the past few years at eating away everything I ever sought to be or become as an adult....which really isn't much.

Alas, I need to just quit my job, relationship, and forgo all responsibility. Live by my own schedule with not a shred of time influenced by society. That's what it would take for me to update this blog regularly. I kid.

However, the lean chase years have been stacking up with alarming regularity in recent times, and my attempts to seek out chase-related satisfaction have been various, at times interesting, but all have fallen short of sustainable contentment. But I'm still feeling my way around the room on this, groping and hoping I can grasp something with which to pull me out of this chasing/creative funk I've been in.

I even considered trying to write again, albeit very briefly, but I lack both the discipline and (if we're being honest) ability to do the art justice, at least by my own standards. I used to thrive as a child, penning various stories, poems, songs, because it was easy, fun, and I was young with a great appreciation for everything, because everything was still new. Over the years writing became more therapy than anything, until the point at which my moods were so heavy, I couldn't even put them onto paper (or a screen as it were). Nope, writing alone wasn't going to be the cure.

I did enjoy the initial run of DEAD CHASERS SOCIETY, although looking back at the first "season" if you will, it seems it was mostly an exercise in trying to find an identity with the project. Having been away from it for some time now, I find that I'm getting ideas I never had previously, and am open to trying new things that didn't appeal to me prior. And that's the happy ending to this particular entry: DEAD CHASERS SOCIETY will be back, in a new, more polished form. The shows will be shorter, more focused, and include features beyond me just sitting in front of a camera bitching. The biggest change will be the fact the new shows will all be pre-recorded and uploaded at a later time for viewing.

I've said for years I wanted someone to come along and take the torch we created years ago with The Debris Show, but no one ever really has. Oh, there have been other things, but they had their own identities, audiences, and most never lasted. But I don't care about that anymore, because nobody's going to follow me. I'm going to continue blazing a trail that no one's seen before, and I'm going to keep tweaking things until I find that sweet spot. This new phase (season 2 I suppose) of DCS will be my next 'tweak' and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm hoping that by blending three very natural things for me together (chasing, humor, and a video camera) I can break some new ground, and maybe finally crossover into that broad audience appeal that's eluded me forever with previous shows and DVDs. There's certainly enough low-hanging fruit out there in internet land to achieve it. The only question is, will I be too smart for them?


Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Society of Dead Chasers * Back To Basics

Greetings dear reader, as I choke and cough from all the dust in the air created by me brushing this thing off for the first time in a few months. It's been a fun and interesting time recently, as I've successfully found new ways to feed the chase passion that forever burns inside of me like a lantern that never runs out of kerosene.

In the wake of The Debris Show, which had a great run but slowly faded the past few years into virtually nothing, I decided it was time for me to create something new that I alone controlled. Despite the fact I loved doing TDS, over time I began to feel pressure to keep myself in check, because sometimes I can be a bit too over the top and the recoil comes down not only on me, but everyone associated with me. Also, my creative bursts hit when they hit, and when you're working with other people, scheduling conflicts can be a huge issue (and can also kill creative momentum). No, I needed something new, something simple, and something I could do whenever the fancy struck.

So I created a new thing on Ustream called simply "The Shane Adams Show."  It was fun, and ended up being more popular than I anticipated. But after a month or so, I grew bored with it because it started feeling like TDS again....not what I wanted. I walked away from it, but the urge came screaming back to be on camera telling it like it is. I resisted, while waiting for someone else to take the torch. No one did, so eventually I decided to come back, but with a bit more thought put into each show. I didn't want to do Lewis Black type rants exclusively, because I'd done that to death and it gets old quickly, for both me and the audience. I had to find my groove.

The day I decided to come back and do a show was the same day I heard about Robin Williams. I remembered the movie "Dead Poets Society" and thought it sounded cool, so I changed "Poets" to "Chasers" and created a new show. Nobody has ever really asked where the title comes from, but since naming the show based on a Robin Williams movie, I've come to feel it has many other meanings. Mostly now I enjoy the title because I feel it somewhat invites controversy.

Ustream eventually failed me, by not notifying me I was running out of free storage space before simply stopping my live recordings, thus destroying my ability to archive. DCS has become a 95% archive driven show, so my inability to record live broadcasts was simply unacceptable. I slowly migrated the show over to Google Hangouts, which ended up being a great move. Popular platform, great reach, and easy to use. The show has done well, with an average of over 65 views per episode, which is close to what Debris used to hold throughout a 2-hour live broadcast in its heyday.

I've decided to start simplifying my website, partly because I'm lazy and will probably never get around to finishing all the novella-style chase summaries I've still yet to start from years past, but mostly because there's just too much content to keep up with the way I've been doing things. I hate writing chase summaries to begin with, so I tried to make them interesting in the "creative writing" style so as to entertain myself enough to keep me going. However, it's 2015 and I still have summaries from 1999-2003 that have never been written, as well as several more from recent seasons (2010-2013). I simply don't have the time or interest to keep writing detailed chase logs, complete with several embedded links, that few besides myself (while proof reading) will ever see.

I decided to start losing all the hyperlinks within the summaries themselves (an idea I stole from Doswell a decade ago), and just throw the images up on the same page with the text. The text itself will remain as is (after all, if I ditch the complicated reads for simplicity, I still have to re-write them all), although moving forward I may start scaling down the Stephen King type details and just stick to the whens, wheres, and whys. Time will tell on that.

Lastly, for the aesthetic angle, I've decided to do away with my long time color scheme of Passion Twist Purple Blue and Fuchsia. I've reverted back to my roots, back to what has always been my favorite color scheme - black and white. I can never lose the black backgrounds, as IMO those have always trumped anything on any website ever. I've received complaints over the years about how hard on the eyes my bright text on black is, so to eliminate that issue I'm opting for white and gray. Easy on the eyes, visually pleasing to me, and simple enough to not have to change ever again. The only motley shade I'm leaving will be the main Passion Twist purple banner at the top of the home page. Beyond that, I'll let the images themselves provide the color.






Sunday, November 16, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside (And I Love It)

It's cold outside. It's wet and gray and what most people would describe as "miserable."  But I love it. I love an all-day cold, wet, grayfest where you never have to leave the house. You just sit inside and enjoy the warmth, good food, good wine (later), and take advantage of the fact you now have a ton of free time to catch up on some internet stuff. Like writing in your blog.

I actually laughed out loud when I first revisited this thing, well after our 2014 season had come to as unceremonious an end as the entire body had been, because of the title of one of my last entries: "A Return to Greatness?"  Comical, perhaps ironic, that this post was followed by the single worst season of my chasing career. But it's good to be able to laugh at yourself. Besides, one good thing has come out of my recent lack of chasing production: the time for website, blog, youtube, and social media updates is aplenty.

There's been a lot happening in my tiny little chasing corner of the Universe. Website updates and changes, blog revamps, and a webshow on youtube. New things are coming down the pike, and it might be that I'll actually need this blog to provide updates to those things. So check in every so often for new offerings. If it's happening in my world and it's worthy of note, you'll know about it here. Thanks for reading.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Video Review:"Full Circle"

Chaser Adam Lucio returns with his sophomore effort "Full Circle" consisting of his best chases from 2011-2013. Normally I like to write DVD reviews just after having sat down and watched one in its entirety, but I've been so busy that's been pretty much impossible this year. However, the chapters on this disc are so captivating and entertaining, they resonate with you. I watched the first third of the video a few weeks back, then a few days later the middle section. I only finished the DVD yesterday morning, and what a DVD it is.

The video begins with one of the best Fall setups in recent memory (November 7, 2011), and Adam & company take full advantage of the opportunity. What at first seems like a last chance desperation run, as their initial target busts and they race back east to catch up with an ongoing tornado, turns into one of the most enjoyable video segments I've ever watched on any DVD. They catch the first tornado as it begins the rope phase, and capture some great colors and contrast as it almost poses for them, having seemingly waited just long enough to offer them a sweet consolation prize. Before this one can completely die, the next one forms to their east. After waiting perhaps a bit too long while shooting the extended rope out of tornado number one (and when you see the video, you won't blame them), they break east for the ongoing multi-vortex and the chase is on.

What follows is a masterful job of getting back into position on the storm, with a multitude of tornadoes ranging from wispy ropes to massive wedges. What struck me most about this chapter were the colors. There's every type of tornado "mood" on this chapter, with beautiful, calm milky blues, grays, and whites. There are darker, brooding tornadoes that conjure up equal elements of envy and fear. And there are difficult tornadoes that play hide-n-seek within wrapping rain curtains, turbine farms, and even mountains. I found myself reliving some of my own Fall chases, as there's just something about Autumn tornado days that are different. My favorite chapter on the disc.

2012 is a quick-hitting, consolidated piece that showcases the brief highlights from a difficult year for Adam. Despite his troubles, a tornado intercept in Kentucky is an example of the dedication and (albeit it brief) success that dedication has produced, as he has no qualms about strapping in and going wherever the storms go, even for a momentary glimpse.

After the 2012 interlude, 2013 roars off the screen with the May 18 Rozel/Sanford tornadoes. Adam's video of the former reminds me of an old NOVA special, great contrast from a perfectly mid-range distance/angle. In some ways it reminds me of the 1979 Seymour, TX tornado that NSSL crews shot. In any case, it's a superb clip, followed by the encore tornado that ropes out to a brilliant pink as the day fades away. But Lucio's not done yet, as this is just the first of a tornado day hat trick. May 19 features some excellent close range positioning/strategy, as he and his group stay close to the action but never really put themselves in danger, while getting some chaotic but cool close up shots. The debris whirl in the field just southeast of them is excellent. Then comes May 20, and the vicious Moore, OK tornado. His crew find themselves on the wrong side of a river that keeps them from following the tornado, but before it escapes their view Adam gets some great video looking north at the tornado. Great contrast and boiling motions, as this monster roars in front of them, gradually vanishing behind a wall of rain. May 18-20 was a fantastic stretch for Adam, as this portion of the DVD confirms.

But then comes May 28 and the incredible Bennington, KS meandering wedge, a tornado so amazing, it will make you forget about Rozel for a while. The entire sequence is shot from one spot, on tripod, and features some of the most incredible rotation and motion I've ever seen on video or reality. The tornado cyclone itself (before the tornado) will have your jaw on the floor. And then it appears, the signature tornado of this DVD. A near-stationary, up to one-mile-wide, perfect contrast beast. Simultaneously deadly and wondrous, this tornado will have you mesmerized, a smooth-sided mammoth dancing over a lush green prairie foreground. The kind of video that forever transports those who were fortunate enough to witness it back to that incredible moment, and stabs the hearts of those who did not. Though this clip is not my favorite segment on the DVD, I think it's arguable the Bennington tornado is the signature tornado of Adam's career thus far.

Following this dose of sensory overload is May 31, which features a rare blunder/missed opportunity for Adam in 2013, as they position themselves out of play to view the historic El Reno wedge. However, they grab a nice consolation prize later in the day, with a brief but close encounter with a tornado in the town of Tuttle just before twilight. Adam is not lost on the tragic yet historic impact of this day despite not being on the El Reno tornado, as a nice tribute to the members of Twistex is included.

This would've been a wonderful ending to a fantastic DVD. But it's not done yet.

It's cool to score an Autumn tornado day and feature it on a DVD. But to have three of them, all on one disc, and two in the same year, is nothing short of downright impressive. Adam was on fire in May and that carried over into the Fall, beginning with a very close call with a wedge tornado near Wayne, NE. I've seen this clip a dozen times, and every time they drive north, even though I know they start backing up south to escape being hit, I find myself leaning forward, my pulse quickening, and my palms sweating, as I imagine myself in that scenario and the adrenaline rush that comes with it. I want to scream "Go south!!" at the screen every damn time. Adam eventually figures it out, just in the nick of time, and what ensues is a scary-close brush with a violent tornado. And it was a closer call than you might realize. I don't think they had 15 seconds more to make up their minds. For those who love close range, dramatic, escaping the tornado type video, you're gonna eat this up.

After what starts to seem like an endless stream of incredible tornado video, "Full Circle" finally does just that, culminating with the marquee tornado of the November 17 Midwest outbreak. Adam & crew find themselves with a large EF4 southwest of them, and as the twister begins to emerge from the rain, he sets himself up for a fantastic shot from north of the tornado, as it roars by to the south in excellent contrast. A farmstead in the foreground (that was not hit) as the huge tornado moves behind provides both an eerie feel and a great barometer for the sheer size of this animal. They eventually get overtaken by backside wrap around, as the tornado disappears back into the precip to their east. Later on they get a brief look at a distant white stovepipe, and the video fades to black.

After viewing this production, it's clear that Adam Lucio has staked a claim as one of chasing's new heavyweights, possessing a rare blend of desire, dedication, and skills necessary to excel. Note that I didn't include "resources" in the last statement, meaning that Adam doesn't have one major component most of today's most successful chasers do: unlimited resources. What makes Adam one of the best (IMO) these days, is his dedication and sacrifice, to be able to hang with the corporate giants and factory teams of chasing. He works a day job, he pays bills, and sometimes he just gets by. But he still juggles a real, working life with the dedication to chasing tornadoes that few "lifers" have. And that, IMO, is what separates him from most of the newer chasers. Add in the fact he's based out of Chicago, and about 70% of his success has occurred multiple states away from his home base, and you've got a guy who's going to be around for a long, long time. And kicking ass the whole way.

Oh, and the DVD? That's the proof. You can see for yourself here.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Return To Greatness?

I haven't forgotten about this thing. I've quite often sat in front of the computer and contemplated writing something. But nothing ever seems worthy of posting. Not even my own self-indulgent ramblings, specifically-designed for this dead end street of a blog, seem interesting enough to validate even a tiny gathering of readers. It seems as if I'm writing this thing to myself. Maybe I am. But it's therapeutic, therefore acceptable.

Another year, another fresh hope. The past three chase seasons have been lacking, to say the least. This even includes 2013, which was by my standards, a generally good year results-wise. But my hunger is deeper than just one great day every twelve months or so. I love days like April 14, 2012 and May 18 last year, but I don't want them to be everything....just a portion of an overall, larger greatness. That it took me three years to amass enough material for a DVD was doable once....but I cannot fathom this becoming a trend. Rather, I view it as an exception to the rule.

In 2014, I strive for a return to form, not just my ability, but the luck that must come along with it. Even the best chasers rely on luck more than perhaps they would like to admit, and I'm certainly no exception. During the heights of my success, there was always luck involved. Lately it seems, that luck has been absent. It's all random, really, but when you've gone as long as we have between great runs of success, there's a lot of time to sit around and analyze crap to death. Stuff you know doesn't really need analyzing, but you have nothing better to do so what the hell. And you haven't posted a new blog in a while either.

Only once in my chasing career have a I had a year good enough to justify a DVD all its own, back in 2004. A decade ago. It seems that's too long for a chaser like me, who's been out there a lot of years and has seen a lot of stuff. It really is a reflection of my body of work, but also how spread out that body of work really is. Great things, but not as often as I would have liked. This year, I'm really hoping to change that, even if it is for just one season. I envision a great 2014 season, good enough to justify its own DVD by year's end. It's kinda personal for me now, as I'm really wanting to make a splash, the likes of which I haven't made in several years. Not just a great event/catch. A great year.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Distance To Empty Arrives October 31

Some readers may already know this, but the "official" release date for Distance To Empty is October 31. I wanted to release the video on Halloween for multiple reasons. First off, from the moment I decided on the title, the colors that came to mind were Autumnal; browns, oranges, and yellows. Naturally, these colors make you think of October/November. The main color scheme for the titles ended up being orange, so Halloween was a perfect fit. Also, I've never released a DVD in October before, and I like to move my releases around the calendar a bit; it gets old doing the same "two weeks before Xmas" thing every time. And to a lesser extent, I've always kind of liked putting my stuff out there before the wave hits later in the year. As I mentioned, most chasers wait until just before the Holidays, and of course by then the competition is fierce. In some way, I feel that getting a DVD out there early, on its own, maybe puts a bit more spotlight on it that might not be there if there were a dozen others out at the same time.

So anyway, just a boring information entry. New DVD out Halloween. I'll post the purchase link on the day of release. Thanks for reading, and have a good day.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Crafting Homebrew (New DVD)

After a month of work, stress, screaming, and much heavy sighing, the new DVD is finally complete. It successfully rendered yesterday evening around 5pm, the second of two renders I attempted (the first was a total disaster). I'd like to thank my long-time friend and chase partner Mickey Ptak for offering to spend his only day off next week coming down here to help me finish it, when I was still in crisis mode and couldn't get it to render properly. I'd also like to thank my friend Scott McPartland, who offered me a few setting tips that worked brilliantly on my second attempt. So now Mick can come down next weekend and just hang out with his buddy he hasn't seen in over a year.

The DVD is called "Distance To Empty", a title I've had since 2007. On June 6 of that year, my long-time friend and chase partner Chad Lawson and I were in South Dakota, busting like champs. Towards the end of the day, we were just sitting on some lonely dirt road, watching our chances for success fade away as the sun fell towards the horizon. I glanced over at his gas gauge, and noticed the words "distance to empty" digitally displayed below it. I thought that sounded cool, so I stepped outside with my video camera, and looked for a shot that went along with that phrase. I eventually set up the vidcam next to the car, at ground level, looking down the dirt road at a dying storm, its tower blocking the sun and creating those biblical type rays, the proper term for which escapes me at the moment. I included a small portion of the left front of Chad's car, mostly just the tire, which was off to the right of the frame. I took a bit of video, and decided that would be the cover if I ever made a DVD with that title. It was just trivial.

However, the title was never used and eventually I stopped considering it. Less than a year ago, I offered it up publicly to whatever chaser wanted to use it (something I've done regularly over the years), as I had decided I no longer cared for it. Fortunately for me, nobody pays much attention to those title seedlings I occasionally toss out. I had a change of heart, when it suddenly became obvious this title was now very relevant to our situation, both in chasing and in life. Back in 2007 it had just been a cool title, but now it had meaning to me. Since 2011, we've had some fairly trying times, that extend beyond just the pursuit of severe weather. Lots of frustration, anger, uncertainty. Lots of wondering if we would survive it all, as a couple and as people. But mostly, lots of wondering how far we could be pushed until we reached our breaking point. In other words, what was our "distance to empty"? The once trivial title had become a perfect fit. They say "what's in a name" (I left off the question mark because I've always assumed that's rhetorical), and I get that. But for me, DVD titles have to come from somewhere, have to mean something.

The DVD itself, as far as content, is raw. Very little editing (a long-standing staple of my productions), and this time I used very few transitions. The more I watched the demo, the more this video had the feel of a 1990s documentary, with a lot of getting in/out of the car, setting up tripods, and build up to the tornadoes. So, I thought the best way to keep the feeling would be to lessen the amount of flashy transitions and other gadgets I admittedly enjoy using. The video is sometimes erratic, and there is a noticeable shake to much of it, as my lightweight vidcam and tripod are often buffeted in strong inflow. There are bad contrast moments. There's 26 straight minutes of Rozel. There's a lot of wind noise. There's many things that many people probably won't like. But I love the organic quality, the charmingly unprofessional feel of this DVD. It's bare bones chasing with bare bones equipment, which epitomizes what my chasing is all about.

I wanted to make this DVD as real as possible. I left in the jumping in/out of the car stuff. I left in me trying desperately to get my tripod/vidcam setup as the tornado continues in front of me. I left in my running around with the camera, trying to get the shot I wanted. I left in the in-car stuff where we're just talking amongst ourselves before I point for the next shot. I included some "couple" moments where Bridge and I are just being who we are together. But there's also twin tornadoes, a tornado seen from the top of a 100-foot overpass, a nocturnal tornado shown in slide form set to beautiful music, a majestic 26-minute EF4, and a brilliant sunset rope. I'm very pleased with this DVD. Do I think others will find it appealing? Probably not. This is not the kind of video people are used to seeing on youtube. This is not a video full of close encounters and harrowing escapes. It's not a video full of crisp, steady HD shots. And it's not a video that features chasers as much as storms. It's just a humble little homebrew made with experience, reality, and passion.