UPDATE: 5.1 audio mix, new cut and other changes

It’s been a long road, but the 5.1 audio mix is almost complete.  Agonizing over mixing each and every voice, sound and musical cue from a general mix standpoint and then into the 5.1 format is a big job and I’m so excited it’s nearly completed.  Some bits of the movie are harder to mix than others and seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is a huge relief.

That’s the thing about independent film: you have no release date, so you could work on it forever, so the possibilities are infinite, but there are only so many hours a day for me to work on the movie (sometimes none) – so time is a finite resource….  I guess it would be a finite resource even if I had nothing to do each and every day but work on the movie, which is not the case.

So anyway, the audio mix is almost done. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m working on a new cut of the movie.  That specifically means I added a new scene and I recut the original first scene of the movie, which took about thirty seconds out of that opening, a segment we were referring to as Katie Weigl, Hand Model.  And that part is still in the movie, but the pace is much faster and, in some cases, in a slightly different order.  I also made other changes as I came across them – for example, there were these two shots in the movie I hated and I finally realized I could change them.  It was a simple fix, but it took me a while to realize this – once I did, the actual work was easy.  I’ve found that to be the case in almost all instances – thinking up the change is hard, making the actual edit is an almost instant fix.  This is particularly the case in scenes with a lot of moving parts – a fight, for example, is a lot harder to cut than people sitting and talking at a kitchen table.

I don’t want to say exactly when I’ll be done, but I’m finally on the home stretch.  Here’s what I have left:

  1. I’d say I have about ten to fifteen more minutes of the movie to mix into a 5.1 audio format.
  2. Then, I’ll review each scene individually and give it a final “locked” seal of approval.
  3. Finally, I’ll watch the entire movie, hopefully with some people that have never seen it and get some feedback.  There’s something about having folks in the room that gives me fresh eyes and helps me find mistakes.

After all of that is done, we’re going to enter a few more film festivals and investigate the streaming market.  Subscribe to the movie on Facebook or join the email updates to stay informed!

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UPDATE: 5.1 Audio Mix for Will Reading (and more!)

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It’s easy to get distracted or frustrated, but now, I’m so close to finishing the 5.1 audio mix of Will Reading that I’m chomping at the bit to get it done.  There’s still a few mountains left to climb, but I’m certainly well beyond the halfway point.

Meanwhile, I’ve also added a few shots here and there and recut a critical opening scene, not to mention the new scene we filmed and added to open the movie!  Sometimes, it’s hard to tell what you’re missing, and identifying the problem is only the first step because then you have to find the solution!  I think we’ve done that with this new first scene, or “Scene 0” as I the sequence is labelled in the edit.  Meanwhile, I cut about 30 seconds from the movie that no one will ever miss.  I never realized how unbearably slow the pace was until I watched it on a big screen with an audience, so never underestimate a true test screening!

I should also welcome our new cast member, Jeanine Conrad!  She stepped in and did a phenomenal job and we’re lucky to have her in the flick.  Another note:  I’m very excited to add some music from Dylan Curry, who you might better know as Old Cousin Bigfoot – check out his show on YouTube!  His tune really upped the energy at the opening of the movie and it makes a HUGE difference.

Well, that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Will Reading – a new cut

After the Premiere screening of Will Reading in June of 2017, I had some second thoughts about the movie – especially the opening 20 or so minutes.  I’d watched the movie several times at home with friends and family, but it wasn’t until I saw the movie on the big screen with a crowd that certain elements hit me in a way I’d never felt before.  I knew I had to make a change.

It took me a while to come with a fix, but I finally did and this past October, we started production back up and filmed a new scene.  I’m getting close to finishing the rough cut and I’m simultaneously working on a 5.1 audio mix, so hopefully, I’ll have this done soon.

I’ll keep you posted!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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WILL READING has been Preselected for the New York State Film Festival in 2018!

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I am excited to announce that WILL READING has been Preselected for the New York State Film Festival in 2018!  How awesome is that?  (The answer is, “That’s pretty awesome.”)

The 6th Annual New York State Film Festival is taking place from April 13, 2018 to April 15, 2018.  The festival will be at the Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema at 260 West 23rd Street, NY, NY.

Now, I should tell you that “preselected” generally doesn’t guarantee that your movie will get shown at a festival.  It might, it might not… but regardless, we have a laurel on our poster!

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a discarded production idea for Will Reading

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Any time you make a movie, you’re going to have ideas that just don’t make it into the flick.  Such were the custom license plates I came up with for the characters Wayne (Bad Guy) and Wendy (Vegan 1 – just barely a reference to Ghostbusters).  I had a few different ideas on how to accomplish this, but digital replacement seemed like the way to go… but I ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the time and effort.

And so, the idea ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.

Adobe Premiere Sequence Video Glitch Solved

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While editing my movie Will Reading (also checkout the Official Site), I’ve come across the weirdest glitch.  Distortion in the form of lines would appear and last for a frame or two.  They usually occurred near edits, but not always.  Observe:

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Sometimes they would appear as lines of color (as seen above) and sometimes they would appear as bits of video from other shots – sometimes from clips that aren’t even in the same sequence!  It’s very strange and I could find no help online.   (Of course, it’s hard to find help online when you don’t know what to search for and now I realize I should have posted screen grabs on forums and asked for help rather than searching.)

So, after some thought, I came up with three different possible solutions:

  1. new sequence – create a new sequence (FILE > NEW > SEQUENCE…) and just copy and…

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FREE screening of Will Reading TODAY!

Please join us TONIGHT for the world premier ofWill Reading.  That’s TODAY!  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM.  You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428!  (The button says “Buy Tickets,” but trust me – it’s FREE!)  There will also be tickets available at the door.  There will also be a Q&A with the cast and crew after the show!

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