Storyboards and shot lists are prepared for tonight's shoot. The actors are prepped and the crew all accounted for. All of the equipment except the boom is together and ready to go. I don't know where the boom is, but we didn't use it last shoot (the stationary microphone stands tended to work just fine), so I'm not particularly concerned about that. We have five set-ups tonight, four exteriors, one interior.
Now I'm not a particularly superstitious person. If I wish somebody luck, I feel it is more registering my support than it is anything that is going to actually effect their undertaking. That said, if you're going to extend the sentiment, do it right: filmmakers follow the theatrical tradition in which it is supposedly bad luck to wish someone "good luck." Therefore, if you subscribe to luck at all, you're damning me to malfunctioning actors, violent outbursts from the lights, microphones that can't remember their lines and the camera complaining about the craft services table (which, as an independent production, we do not have per se).
I have replaced all of the tracks with reversed stereo channels on my iPod. It was actually pretty simple; I knew I was working on Carrie when I did it, so I checked my recycle bin to see what I had done afterward, and then just re-ripping each track (I did skip over the errant cues from The Adventures of Don Juan and Scaramouche as they are monaural). I have filled in most of the blanks, only a few more genres to go and the whole thing will be back to the way it was before the incident in which I lost the tracks. I had indeed been replacing them over time, but this time I'm doing it completely systematically with my laptop right in front of the CD collection so there won't be anything missed.
Being able to adjust the sorting in batches is, perhaps, one of the best features iTunes has introduced (although one does wonder why they didn't think of it before). Franchises such as the James Bond or Dirty Harry movies don't have a specific moniker for the title to keep them together, but it is easy enough to go into the "sort album" field and label Magnum Force "Dirty Harry 2," The Enforcer "Dirty Harry 3" and Sudden Impact "Dirty Harry 4," and they all show up in succession, but with the film titles. I also have the Lord of the Rings films filed under Lord of the Rings, but displaying the book title for each film. It is much more convenient from a searching perspective, and it also looks rather nice to have them all grouped together.
Yoinked once again from revolos55 is the interview meme:
- Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
- I will respond by asking you five questions of a personal nature.
- You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
- You will include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
- When others comment asking to be interviewed you will ask them five questions.
- If I say "childhood memory", what's the first story that comes to mind?
There is this memory I have from the old apartment on Thorton Place, where my mother was attempting to explain to me the difference between "uh uh" and "uh huh." At least, that's what I think that she's explaining. It's a little vague.
- What do you think the root of your interest in film scores is?
What I love about film music is that it is functional in nature, which makes it in some ways both more direct about its purpose (when it sets a mood, it usually has to do it in a very bold manner) and more subtle (it can express something a character can't articulate on-screen). It also means that, due to the variety of approaches available within cinema, it has a wide variety of styles that it can draw from, from the traditional symphonic sound to jazz and rock or exotic ethnic music. Plus, as much as I love Black Sabbath, the full Los Angeles film orchestra playing a good action cue will kick the ass of any heavy metal band into next Thursday.
- What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
That's a really difficult question because I rarely identify wholly with any one character (which is actually something I find works as an advantage as a director). I would have to say that if there is one character that I really do connect with as being most like me, it is the semi-fictional William Miller in Almost Famous; everything is going on around him and in some ways he can see it clearer than those within it, but he can't connect with what's in there.
- You can host a dinner party with 5 famous people, alive or resurrected. Whom do you pick?
I wouldn't mind sitting down with some of my favorite film composers! Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Basil Poledouris, Shirley Walker and either Franz Waxman or Max Steiner. Jerry said that Bernard Herrmann wanted to come, but none of them could stand the son of a bitch when he was alive, so they told him to stuff it! I would have to invite marinshellstone with me if I did this, though. So when can we get started on this?
- Tell me a chapter from the story "The Adventures of Ryan and Josh", provided that the 5th Amendment doesn't need to be invoked ;)
With all of the insanity written about in the various versions of Ecology (and the version you saw, revolos55, was much tamer than some of the earlier drafts), it may surprise you to hear that suitboyskin and I really didn't get into much trouble when we hang out. I mean... we hang and geek out, the only way that's dangerous is if you're doing it in a biker bar, and even that's not terribly dangerous if the person you're geeking out with is suitboyskin. I suppose the most dramatic story would be the pitched battle between The Zen Room and the unmarked Forest Hills rotary. It was a valiant resistance, but the unmarked Forest Hills rotary won that day.
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