Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


Movies and Music, Together at Last!

September 2, 2009

I know I promised the first half of the movie two weeks ago, but now I’ve got something better… The Whole Movie!

Okay, okay, it’s not done done, but it’s at least watchable.  Pez’s music really moves the story along.  I can’t imagine the movie without it, now.  (Well, I can imagine it, but I don’t like to.)

Anyway.  There’s still a few things to work out.  Obviously, all of the screens (Shooter’s cell phone, Archie’s laptop, etc.) need to be filled in.  Muzzle flashes and blood splatters need to be added.  The sound mix needs to be evened out (notably, Archie’s dialogue in his house).  And, of course, the color correction right now is of the “color-goes-here” variety.

But, like I said, this version actually looks like a movie.  We’re getting there.


If the embeded video doesn’t work for you, here’s a direct link to YouTube:


Who Knew?

August 17, 2009

I was perusing TV Tropes today, and I stumbled across Chandler’s Law:

“When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.”

Granted, the two out of three times I invoke this trope, it’s a woman, but still.  It’s amazing how these ideas seep into your brain, without you even knowing.

Also, the Chandler’s Law page features this awesome picture:


I like how he has the machine gun, just in case the pistol isnt enough.

I bet they won't see this coming...



Actual movie update– Don, Pez, Kirrily, and I did a lot of work with the music last night.  The first half of the film is essentially done.  Pez insists he has a few more tweaks to do, because he’s a perfectionist, but I think it sounds great.

I’ll be posting that section of the movie just as Don is able to upload it.


Humming Along

July 19, 2009

Music is not my strong suit, as a quick perusal of my iTunes library will quickly show.  Any good music you find there, rest assured, is my wife’s.

But Pez Wilson came highly recommended by JohnMark Triplett, due to his work on Triplett’s short film, “Yoga Man.”

After Pez saw the film, we discussed many different musical styles and themes, most of which were contradictory and confusing, because A) I don’t know anything about music and B) I know even less about music than you think.

Thankfully, Pez worked his way through the haze that is my mind and has provided us with some cool musical accompaniment to our little spy film. As soon as Don has synced some of it up to the movie, I will post it here.


Two Things I Know Nothing About

July 18, 2009

I haven’t updated this blog in a while, because post production is a long, slow death march filled with boredom and confusion punctuated by computer crashes and more boredom.

Oh, wait, I’m supposed to say, “Editing is the final rewrite of the story!”

I truly admire those who can sit in front of a computer and fashion a film from raw footage, but it’s just not for me.  Which is why I’m glad Don is around to not only edit, but also color correct.

Color correction, for those of you who don’t know, is the process of refining the images so that they flow together in a coherent way.  As talented as Danny is (which is a very), no one can make every single shot of a film match every other shot.

For instance, in the scene where Angel confronts Shooter and Archie, due to a scheduling conflict, we shot her angle and the guys’ angle several hours apart.  Don is making sure the images appear to be simultaneous.

Color correction also allows for one final pass on the look of the film.  Of course, being colorblind, I can’t really contribute much creatively to this aspect of post production.  I have to trust Don and Danny’s judgement.  Which isn’t hard at all, since they’re both very good at what they do.

In other post production news, we have a composer, named Pez Wilson.  He was recommended by our Archie, JohnMark.  He’s already written several music cues.  This weekend, the three of us will get together to do some spotting.  More on that later.

In the meanwhile, enjoy some examples of color correction.  Fascinating.