What Media Do We Convert?

The crew at Saving Tape walks you through all the different video and audio formats that can be converted to digital media.

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Saving Tape Helps Youth Center


Riverside Apartments, located near the Youth Center, is home to a large Somali community.

In 1991 civil war broke out in Somalia, leading the way for a mass exodus of refugees into Kenya, and then two years later, to Minnesota. Today we have at least Somali refugees living in the Twin Cities.

The vast majority are hard working, law abiding citizens. Sadly, however, there has been a growing violent reputation among Somali youth. Gangs, bicycle muggings and national news of terrorist organizations recruiting Somali youth from our area have exasperated the situation.

Saving Tape was recently asked to help show what one small "Drop-in Youth Center" is doing to help keep Somali youth off the streets.   They have pulled together a space with some donated games and couches to create a warm and open environment for kids to come in and relax, share some spoken word, have fun, and hopefully gain enough trust to really talk about life and serious issues. Having no budget, they approached Philip, whom they had worked with before, to help take some video of the area in order to show others the need and how to they can help.

Cedar Avenue is home to many Somali businesses.

Our time filming was very exciting. We were looking for that golden shot that would truly explain what they are trying to do, without interviewing or raising too much attention.  Then while filming the boulevard in front of the center, a fight broke out between two young Somali men. We were across the
street and wound up filming most of the fight.  While the clip is disturbing, it is a powerful portrayal of the tension in the community and the need for this drop-in center.  Our hope is that others can get
involved, support financially, donate games or whatever else they can think of.

We can't just expect their problems to remain their problems because eventually they will become ours.  The Somali youth are just in need of the same love, friendship, peace, forgiveness, and security as anyone else.  So hopefully with the aid of film making we can help others gain a deeper understanding of the need and how we can all help and pray for our Somali neighbors.

Saving Tape donated our time and equipment to capture the video footage and another local
organization has offered to edit the segment.

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Tibetans and Saving Tape Join Forces

Thupten Dadak

About a year ago, a fellow named Thupten Dadak visited the Saving Tape studio.  Thupten owns the Heart of Tibet store in Linden Hills, MN. He also happens to be one of the first Tibetans to move to Minnesota over 20 years ago. There are now over 2,500 Tibetans living in our state, in part the result of a resettlement program, which happened in the early 1990’s.

During the past many months Saving Tape has partnered with Thupten and the Tibetan American Association of Minnesota (TAFM) to create a video history of the Tibetan presence in Minnesota.

Watch this 20-minute documentary on Vimeo.

Thor is filming on far left.

There is MUCH more to share about our partnership with the Tibetan community, including Saving Tape’s documentary filming of the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama this past May. We are currently editing the footage for public distribution.

In coming months we'll be collaborating on efforts to create a comprehensive video archive of the Tibetan experience in Minnesota. This includes posting video excerpts online.

We are also looking for financial partners to help us launch a video oral history project, focused on the lives of Tibetan elders in Minnesota. We have a rare opportunity here in Minnesota to work with our Tibetan neighbors in the preservation and distribution of these stories.

Stay tuned to future blog posts. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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The Saving Tape Team

The Saving Tape Team (from left to right- Kyle, Thor, Philip, Adam)

Today we wanted to give introductions to the people you will see when you come into the studio. We will be telling you about interesting things of which all of us are involved in  future posts, so this will be a reference to put faces to the names.

Kyle Sobczak- Kyle has been at the studio for two years. He knows his way around video and audio as good (probably better) as anyone around and is a Final Cut Pro whiz. He is a musician and is in a band called Sleeping in the Aviary (http://www.facebook.com/sleepingintheaviary) and they are really good! (check out their brand new album "You and Me, Ghost")

Adam Byer- Adam is the latest addition to the team and joined the studio this past January. He went to school in Minneapolis at the Institute of Production and Recording and has brought a knowledge of the ever changing modern technology world. He is a musician and plays in a band called Cosmonaught (www.facebook.com/cosmonaughtband) and No Longer Music (www.facebook.com/nolongermusic)

Philip Shorey- Philip has been around for a few years now and is our film expert. He has great experience in converting (as well as shooting) all old film types and knows pretty much all there is to know about them. He has a marionette show called The Suitcase Sideshow that he and his wife perform. He is also a musician and has a piano studio at his home called The Music Parlor (www.themusicparlor.com).

Thor Anderson- Owner and fearless leader, Thor opened the studio to give people the chance to preserve their memories that were deteriorating with time. He knows everything about everything at the studio. He loves going fishing with his family and is also a musician (there is a trend forming!). He is also a great videographer and is working on a couple very exciting documentary projects right now, which you will read about in future posts.

That is our team! Keep your eyes on the blog as we will be posting about the things we are all involved with and interested in.

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16mm Animation

When it's winter and cold out in Minnesota, what better time to make a psychedelic stop-animation film. Enjoy this 16mm animation by Jean Cowan with music created by Philip Shorey.

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Happy Savingtape Clients -- Our film transfer clients include the Minnesota Historical Society, the Hennepin History Museum and others. We gladly provide free output samples on film archive projects over 5,000 feet.