guess what happens when you get your production in a major
paper? Nothing. I think I got an extra 60 hits over average
at the website over the course of a few days. I was hoping
I'd get at least a couple of e-mails from a few people along
the lines of "hey, saw the article in the paper, went to the
website, it looks interesting. I work at a department store."
(Let alone someone actually in the FILM biz.) No e-mails,
nothing. Now my MOTHER got a bunch of phone calls from long
forgotten family members and friends who knew of me and saw
the article. At least SHE got to act like a big shot. I just
took shit from the cast for being described as "athletically
Finally got my
M-S stereo microphone set-up working. I've friggin' been waiting
for 2 months for my snazzy AKG CK-94 Blue Line Figure-eight
mic to show up. By combining my expensive MKH-50 mic (hypercardiod)
with the CK-94 figure-eight capsule, you can record M-S (mid-side)
HERE to learn all
about M-S stereo recording.
What these mics
allows me to do is record some nice sounding stereo recordings
for background ambients that I'll need for the film. Since
I was at my corporate gig earlier in the week, I stuck the
mics and my DAT into a gym bag and walked around the building,
setting the bag down in choice spots, and recording stereo
ambient of whoever was there...all without anyone noticing
what I was doing. Got some great quiet and busy office ambients,
a loading dock, busy and a very busy cafeteria plus a boiler
room. (To be used for a "bowels of the spaceship" ambient
in the next science fiction picture I'll never make.)
What I've found
is that a scene can really be "sold" (made more believable)
if you give it the right amount of background sound. If you've
done a good job at recording the basic voices, it should sound
like they are in a pretty dead environment, but if you cut
the scene together as is, it ends up sounding really strange.
(Nothings HAPPENING around them.) The nightclub sequence felt
really weird when I cut it together without any ambient noise.
The second I layered in the background music and chatter...Bingo!
One real place.
I canceled our
low-level wrap party at my house because of snow and certain
people like Phil Rectra
who could not attend. Later in the week, Phil calls me and
feels guilty that I changed everything around just for him.
He offers to pay for a round of drinks at the Wonderbar and
then have everyone go to his house for an informal gathering.
I used this time to show about 30 minutes of the film to everyone
who had shown up. Got some great responses, even though everyone
had something to do with the project. A few people were wondering
where I had found Shelly the mechanic. (Therese
Chase) We had to explain to this person that she sleeps
with the director and that she indeed did not actually look
at act like that.
I had my DAT machine
and m-s mics with me, so I recorded us chattering away in
the kitchen. Since everyone had a good buzz rolling by then,
they immediately forgot that I was recording them. I come
back in only 10 minutes and everyone starts going, "you mean
that thing was ON?" Jeez. Later, with Johnny was passed out
under the dinning room table and Phil showing us how great
his porn channels came in, I had rolled the DAT "by mistake".
Made for some interesting stereo ambient that I won't be able
to use anywhere. Oh well.
Watchin' early preview
Hangin' in kitchen
Where's yer hand Phil?
Phil & Juliet
Robin: who's that guy?