This week

This week we've been finishing up our set meetings. Putting the finishing touches on design. Now it's time to make it happen. Charlie has been logging all the VO this week transcribing it with Soundbooth cs4's new transcribe feature which although not 100 percent perfect is very very cool. Select a word and it is selected in the waveform. Simple, but an incredible time saver.


Salsa Scouting

Our choreographer Heidi and I (Trisha) went on a scouting mission to the Jazz Kitchen's Latin Dance Party last night. We were in search of some more male dancers for the big opening number for the movie. As we've discovered over the last couple of months, male dancers are hard to find. That's why we decided to go out and recruit. We aren't looking for super professional dancers, just men who have good dance posture, some dance background, and could deal with choreography well. We were also hoping to find at least one guy who had experiences with lifts, so we figured men who could salsa dance would fit that criteria. Turns out there were more than a couple men there who we would have loved to recruit. We talked with three men. We'd love to have them all come dance for us. I just hope when they check out our websites, they don't get scared away. So guys, if you're reading this blog, I'd love to hear from you.

I might go recruiting tonight too. If I actually find 1 man to dance in the movie that would be sufficient, but if I can find several - well, that would just be spectacular. Turns out we had a good time too at the Latin dance party - even though it was a short night. We got there at 9:30 - since ladies get in free before 10, and we were out of there by 11. However, for a short amount of time, we had a pretty good time. We got the group dance lesson, danced a bit, and we were able to find some potential dancers. You can't beat that.


VO photos

Here are a few photos from our Voice Over Sessions. We built two different "booths" one in for our chicago visit in Tim Stroud's Apartment and one in our house. The Chicago Booth worked amazing. We were trying all types of blankets trying to match density with weight for best effect. Fleece won the day. We were able to get very dry and very clean tracks in less than ideal circumstances.

The Second Booth took a little more fidgeting. There were more reflections in this room and it was more square than Tims Apartment. I had to pad a bit and add items for diffusion, but in the end we got great Tracks again. Very clean and Very Dry.

Of course it all wouldn't have been possible without some great Talent who worked very well with the microphone. They stayed close and on target which really helped. We did forget our pop filter up in Chicago so we had to assemble one real quick for the Greenfield Sesssions (coat hanger/nylons)

We were recording with an AKG BlueLine ck91 and ck93 into a MOTU 828 mark2.(Thanks Phil!) Into Adobe SOundbooth (CS4) We had a few pops from the Mark2 at first but reset it back to defaults and it worked great after that.
We tried to get pics of everyone but I missed Joanna! She was our last recording session and I just spaced it. Above was our Chicago Booth and Tim Stroud and Erin Monahan sitting in session. Below is Josh Ramsey, Nick Marson, and Jeremy Grimmer kicking it in Greenfield.

Week of Voice Overs

We finished out a week of voice overs with no real hiccups. We were able to get most everyone in and out in about 4 hours. Now we just have to figure out the best method of sorting and rating the pieces. It's gonna be a lot of organization for charlie in the next week.


Voice Over and bags of Clothes

We're doing VO all week and going through bags of clothes.

Broad Ripple Vintage was nice enought to part with some pretty sweet pieces at a great discount. I don't know if they realize how much that has helped. We're in need of clothing from the 40s on so its not just everywhere you can go to pick this stuff up.

We've Recorded 4 actors for Voice Over roles so far, and they have all been great. Sound in any form is always the indie movies most subtle enemy but we're on our way to besting that demon.