been editing away for the past month and I'm starting to get
some interesting results. I while ago I got all 8 rolls of
film from Cinepost in Atlanta. I was relieved that see that
practically everything was in focus and I had no major technical
screw up of any kind. The focus had pulled forward on a long
shot of John Horrigan
as he does his fart spiel in the first office scene, and a
close up of Johnny talking at the coffee shop was un-useable.
Out of 8 rolls of film, that's about it. (Note: since most
of the set-ups were done in ONE TAKE, I usually only had 2
shots of coverage for any one thing. So if I lost ANYTHING,
I'd be hurting when it came time to edit.)
I was forced to
shoot some double-perf film instead of single-perf for the
final portion of the Amanda party
sequence. This was transferred slightly blown-up so the
offending sprocket holes wouldn't appear in the frame. That
stuff looked reasonable. (I still have to go back and re-shoot
that little sequence if I want to ever strike an actual film
I also sent off
the last of nightclub sequence
with Beth Lahr. That came
back and everything looked fine 'n dandy. (Woo hoo!) Well,
except for the fact that I lost the audio for 4 takes on that
roll. During the shoot the DAT was left running, and when
we rewound the tape, we went back too far and missed the spot
where we left off. 4 takes gone. Mercifully they were only
of close ups of Johnny, so I was able to steal the audio from
the reverse angle on Beth.
I now have large
chunks of the film assembled. I edited the nightclub sequence
together and that cut together very well. It was amazing how
much the background music/ambient has alot to do with "selling"
the illusion of a busy nightclub. When we shot in there, it
was dead silent except for the actors talking. Listening to
the scene "dry" just doesn't have the appearance as a legit
environment. I tossed on some quicky background noise and
music and vola...one busy nightclub! I've shown the sequence
to a few people and they commented that it looked like an
'actual movie!' I still got laughs when the scene was taken
out of context from the rest of the film.
I've been getting
laughs from the cow sequence that's intercut with the Amanda
party with Kim Lannon. I
still need to add background ambient to that. The beach
scene came together nicely too. The sun kept popping in
and out during filming, and I thought that it would looked
totally screwed up when cut together. Luckily I had all my
close-ups in sun, and the longer shots without. By cutting
on some action and reversing angles, you don't really notice
it much. Since the close-ups were strung together, they all
matched so it wasn't really an issue.
As I've been editing
the sequences together, I've started to slam some transitional
music into the mess. These are basically up-beat rock tunes
that I like from a bunch of different sources. One great source
has been the Internet. I've been scouring all the MP3 sites
on the web (IUMA.com, MP3.com,
for tunes that I like. There are A TON of bands out there,
unsigned, with already recorded music looking for exposure.
The problem is,
there are just too many unsigned bands that are just plain
mediocre, and since any nitwit can post their stuff...they
usually do. Since I have a cable connection, I can tear through
about a hundred songs in a night. I download them, usually
listen to the first verse/chorus (if that) and go, "ack...NEXT!"
I've found the ratio for interesting to bland to be about
100:1...easy. At times I've felt like e-mailing most of these
people and going, "What the hell's the matter with you? You
think your crap is any different from the shit's that already
out there already? Do something DIFFERENT...PLEASE!! Smash
your guitar, drop your speakers, make funny noises...ANYTHING."
So far I found
a guy called Scott Acomba with his band called 'Satsuma'.
(I'm gonna use his tune "Blue Rinse Poodle" during the nightclub
sequence.) A band called 'Fernachur'
(from Vermont) has a tune called 'Fuzzyhead' which works as
we leave the coffeeshop for the nightclub. I'm also pursuing
some bands that had great tunes a while ago, but have disappeared
from public view. Two Boston bands I've got lined are The
Atlantics and Dumptruck.
The Atlantics had a song around 1981 called "Lonely Hearts"
which got a ton of airplay around Boston, but was never released
nationally. Dumptruck had a song called 'Back Where I Belong'
(circa 1986). I've had to plow through many websites and e-mails
to find the authors of these great songs. I can only imagine
what a music lawyer would be charging me to find these guys.
At the moment,
all of the musicians have at least given me a verbal go ahead
on using their stuff. I have no idea what the formal contract
will look like, but I'm hoping everyone will agree to a percentage
deal if/when this project ever gets sold. I've heard that
securing music rights to all your songs is vital if you want
to get a distribution deal, so at least I'm half way there.
Since most of the music I'm seeking isn't 'signed' but wants
their stuff to get heard, I'm hoping that that is half the