"A Beginner's Guide to Amateur High Powered Rocketry"
Like his other FitzGerald productions, "ABGTAAHPR" consists of a series of "in depth" interviews with Rocketeers interspersed with music segments. During these interviews you will hear and see "first hand" what the sport is like from people with the Rocket Passion.
Although there are some professionals in the sport of amateur rocketry - mostly on the manufacturing and retail side – most of the interviews in this movie are of 'regular rocket folks'. But as you will find out - Rocket People are not your "Average Joes". You cannot fit them in one bag - except the one labeled "I Love Rockets!".
"ABGTAAHPR" was shot over about a 6 month period. During this time two trips were made to cover two different Rocket events at the Argonia, Kansas site and one trip to Amarillo, Texas to cover an event there. In past documentaries FitzGerald has used a fairly straightforward interview technique with a number of Music Video segments interspersed throughout to provide artistic release. FitzGerald thinks the music segments provide the "Romance of Flight" element that is hard to convey in an interview format and help ‘close the loop’. For "Rocketry", he employed a new technique, though, that seeks to meld Interview and Music Video together to create a "multi-level" experience that he believes to be more 'informationally dense' than a traditional straight up "talking head" interview.
"ABGTAAHPR" is 2 hours and 29 minutes long