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5) You Are There -- In Jesse James’ Coffin!

The Small Wonder camcorder is flat, and easy to place in unusual places for novel shot angles. We had two good ideas for this technique, but -- through no fault of our own -- neither of them ultimately worked out.

The first was to shoot a water bartender at the Hall of Waters in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, pouring spring water into a glass. The camcorder would be under the glass, producing a scary drowning effect. Unfortunately, the town hasn't settled on a new vendor to serve and provision its water bar yet, so the Hall was empty (though still impressive).

The other You Are There attempt was at the Funeral Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. We planned to put the camcorder in a coffin, and fling open the lid. None of the exhibits had lids rigged for easy opening, and the wicker carrier that was used to transport Jesse James’ coffin started to wobble when we touched it (with curator supervision, of course).

So we just did a camcorder fly-through of the wicker carrier, and moved on.

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