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Keyboard Shortcuts for Avid February 24, 2009

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Here’s a great page, from Moviola Digital, which lists a slew of shortcuts that come standard on Avid.

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Notes from our Music Supervisor April 18, 2007

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NOTE: This duplicates the notes Wendy sent out in the email.

Based on v499, I believe there is one major overall issue –the fight between traditional, orchestral score and the more
‘real music’ songs. Both are great, but they don’t always work back to back. One solution is to choose one or the other, but
I think we can get away with it if we allow the orchestral numbers to be as invisible as possible, as in many other films.

Also keep in mind ‘whose scene it is’ when choosing music… Sometimes the tone is hitting off mark because it’s
wallpapering rather than illuminating the scene’s purpose, ect. I personally have been having a whale of a time finding
music for Greg’s minimini, if anyone has any insight to what’s going through his head please let me know.

Generally, I think it serves us well to use music as transitional lube. I love the parts where score is used just to grab us out
of one scene and plop us in the next. Short and sweet. Let’s try to get on that page… see notes below.

Here are some more specific notes on the musical direction of SNOFHYP in chronological order. Based on v499.

1. transition out of David’s bathroom of dying. “track 5.” Very effective cue, humorous, way charming. However, it might
better as a short transitioner, rather than to play it all the way through Richard’s scene. End cue earlier, perhaps right
after the transition is psychologically complete.

2. “boom boom ba” out of cupholder scene –works.

3. “track 21” transitions us out of Steven’s car to the next scene, and is used in 4 places. Super fun song, really energetic.
This works great the way it’s used, I like the way it moves the story forward. The style of music stands out a bit, but it
doesn’t bother me for some reason. but see note #4…

4. welcome to the beach scene-“track 19.” This one really stands out following the heels of “track 21.” It’s a very robust,
orchestral, grand score… Great pick, but seems to clash. Confer this cue with the cues from note #3, make them friends.
Maybe something with less colors? Also the cue seems to run a bit long.

5. “feelflows.” dream sequence. works, fun, dreamy. i want to smoke.

6. just after sex-sounds scene, enter Ted. “suicide”. This sad song comes in very abruptly after such a ‘comedic’ scene…
maybe it’ll work better if the cue comes in AFTER we establish the new scene, the new mood, Ted… that way it won’t feel
so out of the blue, and eventually so on-the-nose. It’s a very dramatic song.

7. after suicide talk. “track 2”. works okay pokay.

8. Trish wakes up the next day. “track 9”. Sort of an abrupt cue… kind of reminds me of old Italy for some odd reason. It
comes in strong, which conflicts with Trish’s emotional state right then. Maybe we could move the cue later, after we see
Trish’s unknowingness, or switch it for a less heavy song. Try eliminating the cue, too, maybe it doesn’t need it. May be a
good rest after all that’s happened. (the calm AFTER the storm…)

9. Wedding. “track7”. works fine, nice and short, totally cool. “track6” works great too.

10. Richard’s speech “track1”. undecided-wendy. Can’t put finger on it, but the cue timing is off or the tone… unhelpful-
wendy.

11. End of wedding. “you still believe in me.” music switches gear into guitar acoustic feeling which isn’t really consistent,
but it does work.

12. Camp Jung. “track3”. a sentimental cue, moves rhythmically, I dig it. But also it’s kind of an “End of Summer Camp”
kind of scene, and I’m not sure if the cue captures that. Just throwing that out there. Also the spotting seems a little off… try
ending sooner?

13. hug with Richard. “Si Paloma.” great song, it almost feels more fitting for the scene than the cue before it. The two
don’t seem to neighbor well though.

Thanks for reading.

Love, Music Superman Wendy

ps: I’ll do another round of notes mid-week, how does Monday night sound?

Low Budget DI work April 16, 2007

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This is an article from Blackmagic Design, about the creation of a DI for the low budget independent movie, PUPPY.

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DVD Handouts April 11, 2007

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Here are a few handouts which might make the concept of our DVD workflow easier to understand and work with.

The first is a PDF of an Excel spreadsheet called Make A Bit Budget Spreadsheet. The Excel spreadsheet is available from Bruce Nazarian’s excellent site on DVD creation called DVD4You at the documents area in his website.

There is also a PDF which is the DVD Plan of our project.

Back In the Old Days April 7, 2007

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Film Editing

Originally uploaded by filmingilman.

Just found this photo on Flickr, of someone playing with film. For those of you who’ve taken 546 or 535 this will look a bit familiar. For those of you who’ve taken 547, see what you’re missing!!

The photo was taken by Michael Gilman, from Toronto.

For those of you who haven’t explored Flickr, you owe yourself the trip. It’s basically a huge social network of people who have posted, and are continuing to post, their own photos — family, business, art, snapshots, et al. There is a wide assortment of quality, as well. However, the most important thing about Flickr, from our point of view, is that many of the photos are there under the Creative Commons license, which might allow you to use those particular photos for some of your films.

Notes on v499 (LOCKED CUT!!!!) Post yours here. April 5, 2007

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Here are my notes.

Scene 3-5
I think we could take a tail trim on David at the end of the scene, so he doesn’t bounce around so much.

Scene 9
The Homeless Man’s reaction at “Divorce Court” I think we have one too many reactions from this guy and this one seems like the most expendable.

Scene 14-15
I kinda like the music here. What does everyone else think?

However, you should EQ the music when he is approaching Tammy, so the music is coming out of her iPod earbuds.

Scene 22
Music start seems late. I’m wondering if you can start it as he exits the shot with Spooner and Tammy. If not, start it on the cut to this scene.
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wanna be music supervisor April 5, 2007

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and track the music and score???

Tim and Wendy will think about it – oh Wendy will do it.

v499 April 5, 2007

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Notes from picture lock cut

Put your notes up on the blog fast

2 or 3 big things have to do with intercutting walk and talk after skinny dip, music in general, chain gang, differentiating between new things that are funny because they are new or because they are funny.

Ryan – thinks pacing is getting better

Jon – all the jokes are over written – and we are seeing how to tell the joke the quickest

Norm – much less fat in this film – sometimes I would like an extra beat or something

Ryan – laughed at rape beat

Tim – because the look was so bazaar

Norm – been after u to add that beat for ever

Ryan – he can be really happy – or none – or sad – so trying.

Norm – my note for that has been to always motivate David’s line – but if everyone is talking it is less of a punchline

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New Post Schedule Up April 5, 2007

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I Couldn’t Resist April 3, 2007

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I know this is a class blog, but I found this link on the “new” video site Vimeo. I don’t know how the person did it, but it’s entertaining (and short, which is good). Combine the Wii and a camera on your phone and this is what you get.

It’s in French.  Well, the text is.  You don’t need to know any foreign languages (except the Nintendo) in order to get it.

les Wiimotes controlent les chats ! on Vimeo