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Testing…testing…is this thing on?

Over the weekend we got a few of the crew together to do some shooting. I had whipped up a quick short and storyboard for the occasion and we set off to make some entertainment. My main purpose was to test out my sound rig, since sound has been one of those things that has been really annoying us in the past. Unfortunatley, our tech head couldn’t be there (sorry Mike). We also just wanted to get some more time behind the camera and acclimate ourselves to working together before the big competition.

I had a simple vocal mic hooked into a 4 channel mic mixer that the wife had bought me years ago. That unit hooked up into the camera. Now, we did only have one mic, and didn’t necessarily need the mixer, however, the intent is to get more mics and mix them all down to the camera. Anyhow, we had very good success, however, we did realize the importance of mic placement. Since we really can’t afford to buy remote lapel mics for everyone, and we certainly can’t afford to go wireless, that means we had to be conscious of where all the mic cables were (which usually meant they were shut in the car door).

We filmed for a about 2 hours and got about 30 minutes of footage. I hit the editing room that night and discovered that, all in all, the mic test was successful. I was very happy with the quality of the sound that we “can” achieve. We didn’t get in all the scenes, but we have a much better feel for how to get it right now. During editing, I realized the importance of getting white noise. You need something to help make your sound consistent.

So, with all that said I’ll extract the important thing I learned:
1) Use headphones when filming.
2) Use a mic for capturing dialog.
3) Get some whitenoise from all of your environments.
4) Oh, and I almost forgot this one: Shiny surfaces suck. Watch for the camera man in the car door 🙂

Here is the end result of the session: Stranger.

note: Well, I just listened to the streaming version of the movie, and the dialog doesn’t sound nearly as good as it did when I didn’t stream the file. It’s the same damn file, so hell if I know, but honest, it sounded good.

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Written by Sterling

June 27, 2005 at 9:25 am

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith = Fun, Fun, Fun

I just thoroughly enjoyed myself when I went to see this movie. My wife enjoyed it enough that she actually wanted to see it again – and that, my friends, is rare. Angelina and Brad were both hot, which was to be expected. However, I was also happy to see that they both were quite funny as well. I like their interaction, especially when they were pummeling the hell out of each other. It sounds weird, but I was in tears I was laughing so hard at the point where they took turns beating each other behind the couch. Man was that funny. This movie had everything I like about movies: action, explosions, chases, gunfire and hot women in pleather. What more do you need? Oh, and the final fight scene is beautiful to watch. It’s reminiscent of Desperado and the big fight scene in Face Off. I’ll give this movie an A for all the fun I had watching it.

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June 23, 2005 at 10:54 am

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Dependent Films

I found an incredible resource for film makers. A site called Dependent Films has some really nice resources. Best of all, they have compiled a list of files in pdf, excel and other formats for producing a film. Everything from cast & location releases to storyboards and budgeting. You guys rock! I hope you don’t mind us linking you from our site.

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June 17, 2005 at 10:31 am

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Batman Begins…

I’m soooo, oh so, happy about the new Batman movie. Not only did this movie reinvigorate the Batman saga, but Christian Bale just might be the best Batman ever. It’s a tough call though, since I really think Michael Keaton was dead on with his performance as the caped crusader. Cillian Murphy was a great Scarecrow. He’s not a big name yet, but I thought he did a fantastic job – soft spoken with psychotic edge. The fx were big, the toys were cool and the cast was stellar. How can you go wrong with Morgan Freeman, Liam Nieson and Gary Oldman. Answer: You can’t! While not an Oscar contender, I love the revival. This movie gets a solid A.

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June 16, 2005 at 9:11 am

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48 Hour Film Project

Roxor Media has put together a team for the upcoming 48 hour film project. We’ll be in Detroit working like mad to put together an entire movie within 48 hours. Check out the details here.

Written by Sterling

June 16, 2005 at 9:09 am

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Waterfront Film Festival

Mike reported this from the field at this years Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, MI.

Weather: Hot and muggy then it rained and got a little better
Venues: Forums/Seminars/Panels are in the highschool now so A/C 🙂
The boat warehouse is still the main/biggest screen
The community arts building has screen 2
The highschool has screen 3

Films and what percentage I saw:

Wild Guys
30 – 50%
rating: 3/5
generic guy buddy film/comedy.

Funny Farm (panel discussion)
100%
rating: 3/5
interesting but at times it felt more like a sales pitch for the films
each of the panelist was in or was about. Great guest selection.

March of the Pengquins
100%
rating: 3.5/5
the year in the life of penquins. Great photography. Morgan Freeman’s narration is good but some times the mellowness of his voice gets lost. Some more scientific information about the penquins would have been nice.

Laura Smiles
25-30%
rating: 2/5
didn’t make much sense coming in as late as I did but it just felt rather pointless. The increasing dementia of a nyphomaniac house wife.

Raising Genius
100%
rating: 2/5
the struggle between a mother who wishes to find recognition through her genius son and her son who just wants to complete is latest formula and theories based on the girl next doors trampoline activities. Wendy Maloc (sp? Nina form Just Shoot Me) was the mother character and honored guest at the festival. Movie was poorly shot, editied, and the script really just didn’t stay focused. Essentially, good talent was wasted.

Propaganda: The art & crimes of Ron English
100%
rating: 3/5
documentary about billboard vandle/activist/artist Ron English. Interesting but not very substantive. A good showcase for his works and his robin hoodesque billboarding.

Muderball
100%
rating: 5/5
Documentary about quadraplegic rugby. Truely great documentary story telling about truely inspiring people.

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
100%
rating: 4.5/5
Mockumentary about the return of Bobby Dukes after the end of his 10 year ban from paintball due to wiping. The script is adlibed with scripted plot points making it wonderfully quirky and realistic. All of the major paintball stereo types are covered. The paintball sequences are shot perfectly – feels like your really in the middle of a good paintball match. The only reason I didn’t rate 5/5 is that as a farce it just doesn’t have the heart of murderball.

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June 14, 2005 at 8:17 am

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Project Greenlight gets the axe

Well, I was reading my Entertainment magazine the other day and came across an interesting article touting the end of Project Greenlight. I’m busy scouring the internet right now for confirmation. The article basically said they weren’t going to anounce anything until the latest run of their finale was done and out of the public eye. Apparently, the new movie caught enough attention that they didn’t want to trample their ratings by calling it quits until people lost interest again. And here I thought all those clips of Matt Damon talking about how the show was going down the crapper was just this seasons ploy! Shows what I know.

The final epsiode airs on Bravo.

Written by Sterling

June 9, 2005 at 3:40 pm

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