We had an extremely fun sound mix session yesterday at Studio Unknown in Catonsville.
Experiencing 5.1 is so physical, emotional and immersive… It’s so hard to go back to stereo now. Thank you Kevin for offering your talent and Jaime for coordinating!
We’re off to checking out the film in a big auditorium later today
Is there ever a moment that you feel like you are “finished” with your film?
It’s been a lot of minor fixes and re-renders.
I call this stage “pixel fucking”.
Then it will go off to sound mix. I guess after this, we’ll have a master file which will be technically “done”. But then, the promotion and festival circulation (hopefully) starts. It never really “ends”.
So when to celebrate? When is it that you can feel this great wave of accomplishment?
Perhaps at a film festival? Or shall we have a small private screening like we did in “Something Left, Something Taken”?
At the same time, I am already anxious to start new projects. (Yes, this sounds crazy and I am aware of it). There’s already a first pass of storyboard up on the board in the studio wall for our new short. Whenever I look at it, I just want to work on it. (So I have been avoiding to look up)
I’m starting a new comic series with a friend I met in Denmark. (Yes, I still have to work on the blog post about what I did in Denmark for 2 weeks last month)
Lots to do, so little time, super tired and super excited all in one body/mind
Back in September, lynda.com documentary team came to Baltimore to film us. Well, that’s out! Thanks to the team for coordinating the release date to match our trailer release date. They made us look cooler than who we are…:)
“Between Times trailer” is up!
Phew, it’s been a long journey that it’s hard to believe that we’re finally here.
Are we done with the film? ——Not yet. We have 2 more weeks of minor fixes and we’ll be off to sound mix. It’s the last 1% of the production. Almost…almost…
This is what was happening at 3:30am last night. Bram is here to work with us in Baltimore!
We’re about to watch our first rough cut together. All the elements (picture, sound, music, vo) are IN!
What a long journey it was to get to this point. There’s lots of snow outside and another set of snow is falling on the ground. But inside this apartment is super hot with passion & intensity.
We still have the next few weeks to finalize the edit, fix some shots, color correction, sound mix…etc etc the list goes on, but it really is the final stage of the production! One last push…!
Throughout the production, several wonderful actors helped us out to figure out the direction of the voice over for “Between Times”. Every recording brought us closer to our vision. Towards end of the year, we realized we needed to push ourselves one more time for a search. Our distribution agent for “Something Left, Something Taken”, Georg Gruber from Magnet Film recommended this wonderful German actor, Petra Schmidt-Schaller. When I received her audition clip, I fell in love.
Our amazing composer / sound designer/ sound engineer, Bram Meindersma travlled to Berlin for the VO session. He’s been working with us since the animatic stage ( about 2 years ago). He quickly made a DIY sound recording room at our reliable friend, Fons Schiedon’s apartment in Berlin.
When we joined Skpe, something mysterious was happening.
Fons & Petra laughing. Off screen, Bram laughing.
Max & Ru puzzled.
Fons swung the laptop for us.
On the other side of the blanket cave emerged Bram.
How nice of Fons to make a cave for Bram!
No, that is a joke. Bram didn’t want his laptop fans to be recorded. Since Baltimore was really cold that day, I was slightly jealous for the cozy and warm looking cave. But when I saw Bram emerge with sweats, I felt rather bad. But he’s a trooper. Recordings came out wonderful.
Here’s the Berlin Team!
*photo by Fons
Here’s the Baltimore Team!
*photo by Fons
Petra was amazing as we assumed. She brought so much charm, emotion and drama. Cannot be happier.
So finally…we found our cuckoo clock *smile*
*photo by Fons
Max and I are in middle of editing the voice with pictures. It’s been difficult to edit because every take is so nice. I often catch myself watching, not editing. 16 more shots to composite, lots of fixes to do but we’re getting there. We’ll be having Bram in Baltimore in a month to work together. How exciting…… !
Thank you Petra, Fons and Bram! It was such an energetic, fun and inspiring session.
33 shots to composite!
Computers are always rendering!
By mid to late January, we will go into final edit, final fixes, final sound, final everything. Very excited to see everything starting to wrap up and at the same time, very exhausted. Cannot wait to socialize, explore Baltimore and most importantly take weekends off.
Every film festival requires different formats for the screening tape that you have to make tons of tapes. Beta SP NTSC, Beta SP PAL, Digi Beta, HDCam, etc… It’s all good when they’re circulating the world. But after 2 years of film festivals, what do you do with these beta tapes?
They take up a lot of space but you can’t really throw away.
Here’s the solution.
Beta tapes are REALLY useful when you need to prop the sets up temporarily. They’re like LEGOs. You can adjust the height easily and they stack up nicely. (*note: This will not work for stop-motion…obviously)
Example 01: Far away background house
I wanted to put something for the far away background. The problem was that the sets were already taking up the desk and didn’t have anything of that height to prop up a house back there.
Thanks for a lightkit case and several beta tapes, I could prop up a house back there! Yay!
Example 02: Upshot
Since this was an upshot, the sets needed to be positioned very high. Hmmm… desks aren’t adjustable.
Thanks to several beta tapes, I could prop up the entire street.
Example 03: Downshot
This was a downshot so the sets needed to be on the floor. I just needed to put another wall because the camera was panning.
No problem, the beta tapes propped up a wall and also stabilized.
Very happy that we found a way to use old beta tapes and recycle into something else