July 25, 2005

48 hours

It is finished.
In 48 hours we conceived, created, and polished a 7 minute film.
In retrospect there are things I would do differently and ask for up front. I know my job better now, and will research it further to become extreme post production supervisor number one! I'm going to sum up my other blogs on this in one blog to keep things organized.

6:30PM on Friday I begin to set up the network at our edit camp. I get everything hooked up and wait for crew. The first folks start arriving (sound first) and we get moving. The editor arrives, sets up and then leaves. He returns sometime around midnight to 1:00 (making me nervous). He left again around 6:00 in the am, which made me nervous. That being said, I want this exact crew next year. They did such a good job that one would swear this was a group of friends who made movies together all the time, then went and hung out at each others houses.

Saturday morning it seemed everything was either on schedule or ahead of schedule making our critical path happy. Critical path represents the timeline that determines if you are on time or behind time based on a series of work packages. I found out Tuesday night that I was going to be post production supervisor. I didn't know what that means; I still want to know more. So we were ahead, somewhere between 1:00 am Saturday and Sunday night things went from ahead to on schedule or slightly behind schedule. Some of this was due to makeup; some was due to waiting for proper time, or for planes. I was still confident 4:00 was our wrap number. That number became 7:10 our final time.

I mentioned before we had sound issues. Most of these issues were on the post production side trying to get the sounds Ike wanted for music, and foley. Our post sound guy LOVED our boom guy. The sound we got from set cut out a lot of foley need. We had to do some color balancing and other techy stuff to get everything looking right, but it was just a thing to the guys.

We sent our first tape at 6:30 with our producer as a safety. If we were unable to get our final fixes in he would turn in the safety tape. Our final tape made it in with 10 minutes to spare. Afterwords we all went to our own after party and the single voice that came from everyone was, this crew rocks. The actos were troopers and did a great job.

This is probably the most fun I have had without my family in years. Due to marriage and a child I don't get to work with Ike as much as I want to. I would love to work on every project Ike does. This project reminded me of why I went to college. I wanted to act and work on movies but somehow wound up in Theater instead. I always tell people there are two things you should never compromise on, Houses and sports cars. I'm thinking of adding in dreams. Never compromise your dreams.

Posted by Rob at July 25, 2005 08:28 AM
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