So I got my Shure PG42 USB mic, a stand for it, a pop filter, and some cabling to hook it up to my laptop (which runs very quiet compared to my noisy workstation). So far I’m very impressed with what it can do!
I got some really good advice from a buddy of mine (Fire_Starter) on not recording too hot. I had been recording with the gain all the way up, and the pad not enabled, and still felt that what was coming out of the mic was not loud enough. He clued me in however, that recording hot is very similar to overexposing a photograph. If you underexpose a photograph by a little, you have more headroom, more dynamic range to correct color and levels in post. The rule of thumb is to peak between -20db and -12db. I’ll apply this rule to my pocket recorder and see if that will get similar results. The same is true of audio. Now I just need to master my “badguy” character voice. And maybe some “movie announcer guy” stuff.
One thing is for certain, I will need to treat my room somehow. I’m considering making some cheap sound breaks using fiberglass insulation and some framing. I even had the idea for some kind of portable recording booth that I could fold up and put in my car, but that would be a bit overkill at this point. More to come on that.
THE REMIX CULTURE:
I got into the remix culture almost 10 years ago now, having registered on animemusicvideos.org, a community for remixing anime music videos. Often I wonder if I had started my own independent work that long ago, what I would have to show for it now, but at the same time, if I look at what I’ve accomplished in those 10 years, all the friends I’ve made, I regret none of it. My only regret is that I didn’t create more projects during that time. I spent a lot of last summer working on a “capstone” project, and so far I think it’s coming along really well. There’s still a lot more of it to do, but it will be awesome once I finish it up.
I still have some time before AWA Masters 2015 yet, so I’m going to polish it a bit before then.
I routinely buy circuit boards. Not just any circuit boards will do, they have to match a certain visual aesthetic. One of my scripts is what I would consider my “magnum opus” project. It’s a huge project, live action. Lots of very subtle and clever CG use, and lots of use of physical props. It’s a mad science story, it needs lots of circuit boards. These are pretty amazing, they’re traced in gold, and date from the 70′s. I find the engineering and artistry simply amazing. Sadly, this grade of board are becoming more and more rare, as the “new gold rush” has people recycling them by the ton to reclaim the gold and rare-earth materials. I buy them when I can, because I want to make a visually stunning tribute in my film. I want to show the world how I see them.
As far as the script for this story goes, it’s massive, but I’m unapologetic about that. This is a story and a film that I want to shoot on my own terms, and will likely be at least 2 hours long. For those few that will get it, it’ll become life changing, I hope.
In terms of actually finishing the script, I have a lot to do. I’ve written an almost full draft. I know what will happen, how it ends, but I’m not sure where all the pieces go just yet, and which of them are not necessary, and which of them I can turn into more interesting visual metaphors, and which of them are just plain cheesy.
So far this has been the most fun to write, but it will probably also be the most difficult to create. So, I’m stockpiling anything and everything I now that I’ll need when I can find it here and there. Like Stanley Kubrick and his boxes.
I’m an INFJ, or so the Myers Briggs personality test tells me. Unfortunately that means I can’t make up my damn mind half of the time when it comes to creative work, so I’m constantly working on many things, and it takes me awhile to finish just one. A goal of mine in 2014 is to most definitely focus on just one. It’s also difficult working a full time job, then coming home and putting in another 6 hours, but I’ve gotten back into doing it. Updates soon.