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Letter from the Editor – Just Started 1st Grade!

On September 17, 2011, No Pink Spandex turned six years old. We have our Jansport backpack filled with newly bought notebooks, sharpened pencils, and big erasers waiting to dry out by the school year’s end.

I don’t know about you, but 1st grade was awesome. I made best friends there, who I fought and made up with all the time. My first grade teacher was great too. She taught us big vocabulary words and kept us current with the first Iraq war every morning. I cried a lot too. Sometimes for no good reason. When my 6-year-old self finally grew a pair, it was the best feeling to overcome all those nonsensical tears. First grade was a new start. A new beginning. A rude awakening. Pick yourself up, girl. This isn’t “nap time” anymore.

I say all of this because NPS is seeing its new beginning as well. I’m at a crossroads. It’s either get by with the resources I have now, or really invest into what can make NPS the best it can be. Obviously, the latter is more epic, so I’ll break it down for you as transparent as I can be. Have to get the bad news out of the way: We need equipment.

As you all may know, the NPS crew goes to different conventions around the country, films them, and edits them for online consumption. We help you by producing videos, you help us by watching and telling your friends. In 2010, we’ve been to 4 different conventions. In 2011 (not including NPS Live), 1. Why the decrease?

- Computers are dying. If I can’t run my normal editing programs, then there are no videos. This is the current problem, and this has been the problem for the past 2-3 years. I’ve been getting by by fixing things along the way, but I can only patch up so much.

- Software needs major upgrades. To make a long story short, new upgrades to my editing programs will make the editing process more efficient. More efficiency means faster production, and we all like fast things. Unfortunately, upgrades aren’t just chump change. They’re some real dollars and cents.

- We’re still in standard definition. The videos that you’ve seen have looked great because my current camera is a great SD camera, but it has kept us back from what I envision for NPS. With the bump to HD, I can produce better quality videos, and further down the line, produce an actual fan film. The thing is, there’s bad HD and good HD. Of course, we want the latter.

All of this is going to take $6500 to make a difference. Many people don’t know how much it costs to produce video, so I’m giving you the context now.

You must be asking, “What’s the good news?”

The good news is that I’m dead set on reaching that goal. I’m going to do everything I can to make it happen. If I have to go back to my high school roots and bake some brownies, then so be it. There will be an IndieGoGo fundraising page for NPS soon and yes, there will be perks for different donations.

Just to be clear, I’m not asking for a “free ride”. I’ve invested a lot in NPS thus far, so there’s nothing “free” around here, lol! Please know that I will be working hard to raise funds so that in the end, everyone can enjoy the results.

The new 6-year-old,
Lisa J

P.S. Oh yeah, and the good news is No Pink Spandex Live in 2012! :)

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