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Stage and screen…and ProTools

I had to get up at 5:00 AM this morning, and I’m feeling a bit sick, so apologies in advance for what probably reads as a rambling post.

First off, some good news: My sketch group performed in Sketchubator NYC at the PIT on Saturday to all-around positive reviews. *joy* The audience seemed to dig our faux New York accents, mastered by watching My Cousin Vinny the night before, and they reacted quite audibly to the material – always an encouraging sign. Being early in the show’s lineup, we got to do our thing on stage and then sit in the house and enjoy the rest as audience members. There was a party right after the show, too, so I got to chat with a lot of the audience and cast members over beers. A most memorable and fun time was had. Special thanks goes out to Party Central USA for hosting with hilarity.

In this past week’s editing class, I learned about editing workflow, from getting the dailies (raw footage for each scene, including the master shot plus coverage) to producing the final cut. I also learned that it costs, at a minimum, tens of thousands of dollars to produce a fairly basic live-action commercial. It takes a script writer, a storyboard artist, a producer, a director, lighting and sound experts, a script supervisor, actors, props, costumes, music and sound effects, a location and set dressing, cameras, microphones, cables, stands, lights, computers, editing and sound software, and food to feed all those union workers! I’ve seen a lot of commercials in my life, and yet it never occurred to me how many varied and specialized skill sets are involved in their production. If I still had a television set, I might now feel a twinge of guilt pressing the mute button.

On the sound design front, the highly anticipated field trip to Washington Square Park last Wednesday to record sounds for Foley got postponed due to bitterly cold weather. It was freezing all over the city, but for some reason, the area around Washington Square Park always feels ten degrees colder than anywhere else. Instead, the class got a little taste of ProTools. We learned a few keyboard shortcuts and how to set up a session but nothing to sink our teeth into yet. This week is forecast to be in the balmy 40s, so we will try again this Wednesday to do some recording in the field. I am keeping my gloved fingers crossed the weather is more accomodating this time.

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