Monthly Archives: June 2012

48 Hr. Film Race-Houston

Surprisingly they were closer together than I thought. (The 24 hr race and the 48 hr race). It snuck up on me pretty quickly. I received a call from a contact I have been trying to work with for sometime now and he said that they are getting a team together for this 48 hr race and would I like to be a part of it. OF COURSE!   Field work and working on a film crew are strenuous, but incredibly fun things to get to do.

In such a short time span it’s always sort of a guerrilla type operation. Everything is rough, disorganized (to an extent) and rushed.

When I first got there we still lacked a solid location for some of the shots in the story, so it was up to me and another of the crew to find a spot that could work. I think the mood was dingy, run-down, dirty & undesirable… well

This place had all of those things in spades… we found this little truck stop motel off of I-45 that would pretty much just make your skin crawl if you had to stay there.

It was perfect. Haha! So after a full day of shooting there and a few other locations we had everything except a few short scenes.

All the filming at this location and around town on Saturday burnt up half of the 48 hrs, and editing was still needing to be done. Regardless everyone was tired and went their separate ways only to meet up again in  5 hours to finish everything up. So the short break came and went all too fast, and we met up at the studio again to finish some shots.

Unfortunately I had to split for some meetings and appointments I had else where in town, so I didn’t get to help run boom on the final scenes. However, I did get word that everything was completed, it looked great and it was turned in on time. SUCCESS!

It was a ton of fun getting to run audio for this. The crew was really cool and dynamic together, and we were graciously hosted by a local studio and producer from Pixel Lion Studios. Check out their page on Vimeo. Pixellion Studios.

Take Care!

-Z


Nouveau Deco Video

A short while ago I was talking with Allison Nance of Blessed Events and we had discussed throwing together a quick sort of ‘promo’ slide show that captured her latest conceptual concoction.

Allison had been working on all the details of this concept shoot for quite sometime and had set up a bunch of great vendors and locations to capture the ‘event’. An up and coming photographer stepped in to shoot the specifics, and she was gracious enough to let me use her images in the slide show.

Now once I got Allison into the studio for some voice overs, I got the chance to play around with the new set up and record some different takes with varying levels and mic placements. Luckily she’s my wife and not a paying client, so I felt like she could stand me being annoying and geeked out with my mic set-up; more so than others.

We finally settled on something that sounded right and what she was looking for. A nice quiet voice track with some smoother highs and an attempt at getting a nice warm low tone. (Although a bit of processing was needed later).

I guess in the end she was about 4 1/2 inches from the mic grill and behind a pop filter. I think it ended up sounding nice. I now have a few other pieces of gear in mind down the road >:)

Anyway, the audio capturing went well and was a fairly quick process. A few retakes, but nothing out of the ordinary. It was finished after some processing and ready to be thrown into Premiere. Other elements I was fortunate to be able to use is the background track. It’s an amazing track from ‘Quantic’ who was nice enough to let me incorporate it into this project. (If you guys like the music, check him out…)

Premiere was eventually my downfall though! 😦 I’m only running Audition and was planning on doing the whole project in a trail version of the program. Well this and that happened and life got busy so I had stopped working on it for a few weeks… Low and behold my trail had expired… and now that Adobe has gotten tricky and registered every user as well as downloads, it’s not as easy as re-installing and mounting a new trial version anymore.

I’ve never been a good pirate or thief so I left that option behind, I knew I’d only screw something up or kill my computer. So I just finagled to use a version of Premiere at work and viola! I finally finished three days before she needed it! Whew! that was close.

So quick, time crunch edits became the name of the game…

Vendors and Guests from the credits include:

Blessed Events

Simply Delicious Deserts

Sun Kissed Designs

Dulche Life Photography

Travisio

JBX Studios

Dazzling Bouquets

Kalart and Design

Quanitc (musician)

Thanks for checking it out. It’s always a blast!

-Z