Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Cleopatra looked like Elizabeth Taylor. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

As I pointed out last year, I tend to find April Fool's Day to be... well... foolish. What's the point of playing a prank on somebody on a day when everybody expects to have pranks played on them? This blog is the one place you can be certain where there won't be that nonsense.

As I mentioned in the meme from yesterday's entry, a customer complained about me. They claimed I had damaged their router while I was installing a T-1 I knew immediately that their story was fishy because of how it described my behavior, which included such terms as "scrambling" and "mumbling" and doing a quick and dirty cover-up repair using Scotch tape. I have never been accused of being a mumbler, and I don't use Scotch tape... like, ever. Just about the only thing that prevented me from coming across as Peter Lorre was the lack of shifty eyes in their description of me.

My manager went to the site yesterday and called me to let me know that the complaint was bullshit. The damage to the router was on the opposite side from where I was installing the circuit, and the complainants were not even present during the installation(!). The impression Frank had was that they didn't expect him, especially when the specifics of their story got hazy when he started asking about it. In fact, he is of the opinion that they didn't anticipate that the situation would be investigated, but rather expected to issue a complaint and just get a check for a new router.

The punch line? The damage was completely superficial, and the router was never even out of service.

The complaint has been squashed.

Sandy and I have already prepared a rough cut of one scene from The Early Mixes, and we will be working on another scene this afternoon. The quality of the audio recordings made on the set are great, but at present the assembly doesn't have sound effects. I am debating at present as to whether I am just going to create a stereo surround track or something more elaborate, which would require folding the two-channel monaural dialogue recordings into a single track for the center channel... which would mean I couldn't track in the sound effects yet.

Despite the prominence of music to the storyline, I am unclear as to how much multichannel sound would assist this dialogue-driven story. In fact, I'm pretty sure that it would be more trouble than it was worth to prepare discrete surround channels as opposed to a matrixed surround track (which, if uncompressed, would still sound superior to a 5.1 Dolby Digital track on a DVD). But it doesn't have the same 'coolness factor' as a discrete surround track.

Thankfully, this is not a choice I have to make immediately.
Tags: audio, filmmaking, memes, the early mixes
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