Dick Burr  

Vietnam War Hero by Dick Burr
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January 2020 - Vietnam War Hero

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This video is to honor the Life and Death of a Vietnam War Hero who fought along side me in Vietnam. His name was Steve Pettit and he died on July 31, 2019 of complications related to agent orange. He was buried with US military honors. I had the honor and privilege of being one of his Pallbearers.

The video was shot with I-phone and edited with Movie Studio PRO

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6 comments posted

Rajani Ramanathan   Rajani Ramanathan
Another great tribute to your friend Dick, I am sure the family was deeply touched by your thoughtfulness! Thank you again for your service!   Posted: 01/08/2020 21:48:55
Dick Burr   Dick Burr
Thank You Rajani,

The first video at the tomb of the unknown soldier was to honor a friend of mine (Tom Grover) that was killed in Vietnam 50 years ago.

This video was made to honor another friend, who by the way, fought with me in that same battle that Tom was killed in. Steve Pettit lived for 50 years after he returned home from the war, but he suffered very much from the effects of Agent Orange which was a defoliant that was used in Vietnam to kill vegetation. Unfortunately it killed us Veterans too.

  Posted: 01/16/2020 22:56:27

Dick Burr   Dick Burr
I would like to comment on what I did with this video. I want to apologize for breaking my own unwritten rule. This video was over eleven minutes long, and I have asked everyone to try to keep their videos to five minutes or less. The reason I did this was because this is the video that I presented to the family and I didn't want to change it in any way. So, my choice was to either leave the video as is and post it for all of you to see, or to not use it for PSA. I chose to show it to all of you in our PSA format.
Maybe this is a video that I should not have been shown on PSA, but rather sent to everyone in a private e-mail, but what is done is done.

I think it might be a good idea to have an off-line discussion with everyone on what is and is not permitted in our videos. I think that all of us should have some input in this. This 5-minute rule is something that I suggested and is not a written rule, and there are times that I feel it could and maybe should be broken. In my opinion this was one of those cases.
  Posted: 01/16/2020 15:34:46

Peter Shi   Peter Shi
Thank you for sharing this wonderful video! Love it.
1. Live TV style
2. Kind of documentary
3. Have yourself in video (I screened out two from pallbearers by my judgement but can't decide which is you)
if cut footage short and decrease the length to attract audience? For example, a) to cut off 53-59" (still) and keep the motion footage after at 1' since they are the same scenery. b) Shorten the footage of folding flag by just keeping the two ends and use transition to speed up the middle part. Maybe not right, but just suggestions.   Posted: 01/17/2020 23:09:36
Dick Burr   Dick Burr
Thank You for your input Peter.

I agree there are a lot of ways that I could have shortened this video, but as I said above, for me the option was to either show it as is or not show it at all. I did not want to change it in any way because this is what I presented to the family.

I'm glad that you loved it.

By the way, I am the Pallbearer with the black shirt and Vietnam cap on in the image.


  Posted: 01/18/2020 00:19:31

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hello my friend, Thank you very much for sharing this profound video. The introduction the sequences and all the part was well documented. Like everyone mentioned, time management of the whole documentary could have been addressed while doing the editing. As it is always mentioned, true video or documentary is not made by the cinematographer; but by the editor in the editing panel. My salute to the departed soul and your expression through the video project indeed extends genuine respect for patriotism. Well done my friend.   Posted: 01/30/2020 15:46:44