Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Halfway There?

It’s the Wednesday before the fourth weekend of Scarborough Faire. I can’t believe that we are almost to the halfway point for Scarborough’s season!

I’m sitting, working with Jim Hancock on designing and fixing and mixing and foleying sound for “I Sense Danger”. We’ve done a good first/second pass on Part One and are working on Part Two today. We’ve gotten over 5 minutes done so far and have been working on it for about 5 hours so far today. Not bad, not bad at all. It’s really amazing when you work on sound for a picture. There is ALWAYS sound happening. So, when sound is not happening you really notice it. Where are the footsteps? Did those swords connect? What about the wind in the trees or the birds in the branches? You are always asking yourself: “Does this sound enhance the comedy or silliness or somberness of a scene? Can the existing sound be enhanced enough to have impact, or must a sound (Foley, after the sound artist) be imported or created? Where are the people - in a big room, a small room? It can drive you crazy. Suddenly you are noticing ALL the sounds around you – the birds, cars, people laughing, music playing, planes flying, tractors driving, bicycles speeding by, doors opening, wind in trees, the crunch of tires coming to a halt. You hear it all. It speaks to me of the complex and oft times unnoticed richness of life. Louie (London Broil) is across the site working on Fx. You must all understand how tedious each of these tasks can be. Both Jim and Louie are listening to/looking at the tiniest bits of time – much less than a second! Jim is engineering, doing all the actual work. I am his support, trying to keep a “clean” ear, taking notes and trying to keep track of all the foley. Much of the time I sit here in complete silence listening to the tap, tap, tap upon his keyboard as he searches, fixes, learns and makes some good magic. It’s almost three, so soon it will be time for a break. We’ll see.

And we should see a score for “Danger” from Kelly later this week. We’ve received a wish list of instruments from our composer and will (again hopefully) have the whole thing recorded by the end of the run here. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Our documentary “An Inside Look” is to be reviewed in the upcoming issue of Renaissance Magazine (#61). It’s so nice the support they are giving us as Don Juan and Miguel®, and as Blind Dog Entertainment®. Lady Janet is to visit Scarborough this weekend. It’ll be nice to meet.

For those of you who wish to “click” the breast cancer site to support the cause – the address is

Well, that’s about it for now.

Oh man! The computer just froze again!!!!


At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Miguel,

I hope you are having a great week so far. Say hi to Frank for me.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I know what you mean by the sound layering. There's so much to add. And then you have to figure out what to filter OUT or it becomes overwhelming and distracting to the scene.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hey guys, just wanted to thank you for all the years of laughs. I bought The Lost Princess and found it very funny!

Keep up the good work and we'll see you next year! (Google guy)

Take Care!


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