The deadline for portfolio submission is in a couple of hours.
For this brief I will have two very short pieces, of which one is a motion graphic, and two extensive +10 minute short films to show.
I won’t include my work on ‘Persona’ or ‘Heavy Duty’, as I wasn’t happy with my work on Persona and Heavy Duty is yet to be released.
Back to ‘Down In The Third’, the ADR session didn’t go quite to plan. Only one of the two actors turned up, so we have one very nice sounding character and one not so good, and quite frankly this was the one that needed doing more! Hopefully we will have recorded him once we have finished the final cut.
I’m currently still compressing the video file that is being used for the degree show so that I can upload it this side of the deadline, hopefully I’ll just make it!
This portfolio experience has been a good one. I’ve made many contacts, of which most have said they’d like to work with me again (not that any said they didn’t!). I’ve learnt a lot more about the mixing process, having had the fortune to work on some very challenging pieces, it’s given me the opportunity to experiment with techniques I’ve read and heard about that help add punch to loud effects such as having a drop in levels of other sounds just before the main event happens. Also having the tight deadlines has meant I’ve had to change my workflow, not necessarily in a beneficial way that I’ll do again and again from now on, but in a way that has made me re-do things a few times which has helped me learn for the future and ultimately fine tune the mix.
I’ve not done as much self-recording as I would like, as is always the case, but there is at least a little bit of me in every piece. Foley is limited due to having very limited access to dead spaces, and when I did get an opportunity, it was rushed and produced unsatisfactory results in the most. Though most of the well used foley actually came from my own acoustically challenged flat. I still managed to get a lot of foley experience by helping out Dan Hennessy and George Ankorn with their short film who’s name slips my mind. We got a heap of foley done that day, almost all of the sounds were what we, along with Joe Murphy, conjured up.
Plans for the summer are to finish off the short film, go on holiday to California (I intend to take my recording stuffs not only because why not? but also because we’re riding around in a V8 muscle car, I’m definitely going to come back home with a full V8 library!) and working at the Olympic Games.
I’ve also got to work on my dissertation, I was planning on looking for work experience at the end but this now seems unlikely due to having too much organising on my plate. I’ll hopefully fit some in during term time or the xmas/easter breaks so I can prise my way in to the industry after graduation!
Otherwise, I really want to start filling up my own sound library, properly. I only really have a limited selection of forest/countryside ambient recordings, or sounds I’ve collected around the house with things that make interesting sounds, and already a lot of it has come in handy. But I want to stop relying on my hard-drive, and I’d love to utilise my binaural mics more (if only they had better wind protection).
Apologies for the long post and thanks for reading!