11, 1999 - Bought a DAT machine.
Bought a Tascam
DA-P1 DAT machine from B&H Photo & Video from New York for
$1364.40. I've been savings up for this puppy over the past
few months because I knew that I needed it. I had orginally
tested an older Sony D3 DAT walkman unit. I had run some audio
with this style of DAT machine when I did my film tests.
There's an issue
wether a non-timecode DAT machine can be used for film work.
After running two minutes of film, this machine was only off
by 2 frames. Some people had said on rec.movies.sound.production
that this would be unacceptable, I said that 2 frames is a
cinch to fix on a non-linear editing system. You can buy a
Sony D3 walkman style DAT on ebay for about $250. The problem
I see with them is that they have crappy, 1/8" audio inputs,
only record at 48k, the mic pre-amps are noticabley NOISEY
as all hell, and have no phantom power. You COULD use one
of these on a film shoot. I figured I can use a good DAT machine
for my biz (tax write-off), and I'd be happy with a better
quality item. (Note: "quality item" is a subjective phrase.
Most pro audio guys would call the Tascam unit a piece of
shit. Time code DAT machines START at around 3 grand. I ain't
gonna spend 3 grand on a tape recorder.)
The Tascam DA-P1
has XLR inputs w. phantom power, records at 44.1 and 48k.
There is no time-code with this unit, but that doesn't bother
me. It's real easy to sync stuff up on a non-linear system,
and my camera can't deal with timecode anyways. So there.
November 20, 1999
- Cara Maria O'Shea from New
York auditions. (First one.)
gets the part of the Mystery Girl. I was amazed that I got a
bunch of people from New York sending me headshots and wanting
to audition. Cara seemed totally into it, I needed someone pretty
and peppy for the ending, so bang, she's in. I figure I only
need her for one day of shooting, so the New York thing didn't
seem really that much of an issue. Check out her dressed as
Metrogirl on her little webpage
here, pretty funny.
December 3, 1999
- Deirdre Williams auditions.
auditions for the part of Tammy, the annoying computer date
(with the money hair do.) Diredre is one hot shit. Just take
a look at this e-mail excerpt from this time period:
From: Eric Bickernicks (email@example.com)
Subject: Re: alt.looking.for.script
>Yo Home Skillet >
>I'll be working with the Emerson crowd Saturday and Sunday.
If you're looking to audition people together ( which you
said, I think...? )<
ROTFL! Anyone with goofy shots in their photo *AND* starting
an e-mail with "Yo Home Skillet" *HAS* to be alright in my
book. :-) (but see who far this will get ya with the Dreamworks
>Please send me the part for Tammy. I've got Class and Glamor
sussed. (at the >very least I won't be giving someone a blow
job. jeeziss! what a show.<
Hey wait a sec...that's a SIMULATED blowjob. Embarrassing
head bobbing, that's it....you know...all in the name of art.
How could anyone
think that she would NOT "get it?" :)
December 15, 1999
- Placed MFO ad.
the same ad looking for people on the Massachusetts Film Hotline
page. The responses from the New England Film site started to
slow down, so I decided to throw a large net and see who I could
December 30, 1999
- Phil Rectra audition.
gets the part. Phil sent me e-mail asking if I'd consider a
half asian guy for the role of Tariq, verses an Indian or black
guy. At this point, I wasn't getting any Indian or Black guys
who lived close-by or who I thought sounded interesting. He
mentioned that he has cracked people up at his office by doing
an over-blown chinese waiter accent. I thought maybe that could
work. My only concern was that he didn't look asian ENOUGH.
(Phil is only half Philippiano) More importantly, the Phil character
shouldn't have ANY accent when he normally speaks, which Phil
obviously didn't. When Phil did his phony accent during the
reading, we nearly pissed our pants. He was in.
January 3, 2000
- Kim Lannon & Lauren
get parts. I tried to aviod having a pre-concieved notion of
what certain characters should look like. (Beggars can't be
choosers.) But I did feel that the Irene character should LOOK
physically imposing, someone who can thrown their weight and
looks around. It just felt that someone who was tall would seem
better for the part. (I also got it into my head that someone
with dark hair would be better too. Gee, does Linda Fiorentino
in "The Last Seduction" or Katherin Keener in "Being John Malkovitch"
come to mind?) Lauren was the one!
Take a look at a
comment she sent me on Jan 6, 1999:
<<< Yea..I thought someone who would go for the role would
be concerned about the "simulated sex" scenes.<<
Well, I wouldn't ask any actor to do anything that I wouldn't
do...and I'm VERY heterosexual. All the "naughty" shots are
from the point of view of a webcam or camcorder...on a long
shot. No genitals, no nudity, no nothing...just embarrassing
head bobbing which would simulate the act. I could storyboard
the sequences down to the shot and clearly show what's needed.
>>Fair enough! Keep me posted,...>smirk< ...
I can see it now...this "little film" becomes the next "Blair
Witch" ...and I'm branded the blowjob queen of Boston. Ah
well....such is life. I'll be the next Linda Fiorentino. LOL
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