Monthly Archives: December 2012

Holy Shit: Epic Timeline part 1

For the last three days I’ve been sorting through my seemingly endless .wav onset  recordings.  In the chaos of shooting 16 hour days, I unfortunately made a delirious bad call, and decided to not sort through them in the moment.  The result was six folders labeled “bigmessyaudio_,” of which sorting through (especially when your slate guy (usually me) forgets scene numbers) becomes particularly tedious.

I’m finished! 5am last night, I didn’t have the mental wherewithal to make this blog post, but you can’t possibly begin to understand the relief I’m starting to feel about getting my audio all synced.  I still feel like I’ve missed something.

Syncing audio doesn’t seem so difficult.  I work on 2 hour + edits all of the time.  Look at all of those fucking cuts though.  This is the most staccato project I’ve ever edited.  It’s some intense shit.

epictimelineI’ve started to get rough versions of Mike Schiralli’s score, which sound like totally completed versions.  It’s a desperately needed layer to the film.  The tracks bring life and cohesion to scenes otherwise confusing.  Well, they still might confuse, but you can at least tackle sequences in sections, rather than think “big picture” the whole time.  I so wish I could post a sample of the score.  I’m sure Mike will do that eventually, and I’ll repost it here when the time comes.  Beautiful and funny stuff.  I love it… very 80s and contemporary at the same time.

Anyway,  I’m taking a 24 hour break from audio to focus on visual elements.  Hopefully I’ll get some things shot.  I have the following left to do:

  • Burning sun shot.
  • Scalp rip over alien head
  • 1/3 of stabbing montage
  • End credits shot (requires completion of FX skull)
  • Car Stalking
  • ECU of script title.
  • ECU of antiseptic mouth wash
  • Bug stuff

Wish me luck!


I’m not dead… I swear!

So it’s been over a month since I last posted.  I feel like you (whoever you are that actually reads this) deserve an update.

I’m in the middle of recording a foley track.  I’ve taken a break to let my cats eat since it would destroy my audio to hear them chomping on dry food in the background.

I’ve put off shooting these 3 or 4 car chase shots for what seems like forever now.  We’ve gotten screwed by the weather every time I plan to head down.  Once it was Nick’s license plate falling off.  We seem doomed to not get those shots.

I’ve been working on some rotoscoping.  I’ve been pretty happy with the results, but it eats up my time and sanity like none other.

I’ve finally started to excise some of my shots.  That’s one of the hardest things for me to do in my editing.  If it’s a really nice shot, I want it to stay, but if it doesn’t work in the context of the rest of the film it’s got to go.  I keep tweaking my edit.  Hopefully, I’ll find peace with it soon.

There’s still a ton of work to do on the audio.  Mike Schiralli is stuck at home without the internet.  He assures me this will keep him focused on the score.  I’ve got three tracks from him so far.  They sound pretty excellent.  I’m excited to hear the next one.

I’ve been telling everyone February will be when it’s completed.  That’s totally arbitrary since I set my own deadlines, but if I don’t make it by then, there’s going to be considerable delay afterward.  Don’t worry, I’ll make it.

When is festival season?  I need to know, so I can get denied by all of them. 😉Image