Sound bites

I finally felt confident that I had researched enough about sound mixing in Final Cut to start manually chopping away at the sound in the rough cut. Now, I’ve got the pilot episode polished and edited in time for Friday’s premiere. I’m really proud of it and ridiculously excited to share it. I’m a little bummed that our fake campaign ads didn’t generate the excitement or build the fan base we’d hoped, but whatever, they were fun. Soon the show can speak for itself and hopefully its popularity will grow from there.

I need to have all the episodes completed before next week because I just won’t have time to do it after that point. It’s getting down to crunch time with the moving process. Not to mention this Mac Book Pro ain’t mine anymore after Oct. 15. I am going to miss it so much. I bought an external hard drive to house all my video files until I can get my own Mac (someday, provided I find employment). I like being able to carry my editing suite with me wherever I go, but I hope to eventually have a pretty powerful desktop Apple to edit my projects on in the future. But first things first! Let’s focus on fun recipes you can make with ramen noodles, rice and beans. Because that’s all I’ll be eating for the foreseeable future.

On that note, if anyone has a used laptop they’re wishing to sell, hit me up. Or if you see a sweet deal on a net book for less than $300, please send it my way. Otherwise I’ll be blogging via iPhone and public library computer in Chicago.

I’m leaving my job in less than three weeks. I can’t even wrap my brain around that.

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Becoming a Final Cut Express Pro

Isn't it pretty?

I love, love, love Final Cut. Tonight I’ll finish editing the final scene of “The Candidate” and then visually, it will be complete. But then I’ll have to delve into the audio and edit it too, because unfortunately the sound is all over the place. Fortunately there’s a tool in Final Cut that allows you to even out the overall sound of a project, and then you can go into it and mess with the levels after that. For example, one of the characters is a little softer spoken than we realized while filming, so I’m going to go in and raise the volume on that person’s lines.

All weekend I sat in front of my laptop, intermittently watching “Gilmore Girls” and editing. As a result, I’ll have edited pretty much the whole show in four days after tonight. It was a good weekend for someone who more often than not runs around like a crazy person for days on end without getting enough sleep.

I’m really excited for the wrap party this Saturday, when I’ll get to show off the finished product, or at least a rough cut. My college friend Jessi and her roommate (who also went to college with us but whom I didn’t meet until after we graduated) will be coming to visit this weekend too, so it’s basically going to be the best weekend ever. There may also be red velvet cake balls involved and I know I better save some for my aunt. Especially since I’ll be making them at her own house while she’s not there. I’m house sitting/cousin watching while she and my uncle go on a weekend getaway.

I can’t wait to show off our first episode Oct. 1.

Lots and lots of video

I am editing a couple videos for the Summit Workshop tonight as well as a video of Christina’s bridal shower from a couple weeks ago. The thing about video editing, which I love to do, is that if you don’t edit something right away, it kind of bogs you down when you finally get around to doing it. It catches up with you, weighs you down and when you think about how MUCH you have to edit you feel too overwhelmed to begin. And so, something you love becomes a chore. And that’s pretty much defeating the point. In other words, I am going to try to be better about editing stuff very shortly after I shoot it. I don’t want another “Beacon Alley” on my hands; I waited until all the footage was shot (about six hours) before editing a frame of it. What a nightmare.

On the other hand, with “Paper Cuts,” I pretty much edited as I went; the downside was, I was so excited to finish an episode that I’d almost immediately post it to YouTube. Then I’d watch it later and notice some editing flaws and wish I’d waited a day or two so I could go back with fresh eyes and get it right before sharing it.

That said, the other day I edited a better (and shorter) version of “Where Are Eileen, Liz and Meryl?” and sat on it for a couple days before uploading. Check it out if you get the chance.

I am also excited about a new writing project that has come my way; a friend at work wants to produce a short or web series with me, so we are working together on a political satire. It’s probably going to be about a campaign worker who moves to a small town to help elect a mayoral candidate only to discover the campaign office is in complete disarray and the candidate is an idiot. It should be fun. I want to write it and cast it by the end of July. We’ll see if that actually happens.

I have not been to my writer’s group since before I went on vacation. I really didn’t see myself keeping up with them after I moved but I still feel like a flake. Moving has changed my scene a little bit since I’m a lot farther from campus/Clintonville, but on the other hand I’ve got to spend so much time with my family. I’ve even gone to Caldwell twice this month and it looks like I’ll be going back for Saturday night. I had to make a list of my priorities recently and I knew some stuff had to go; the writer’s group seems to be a casualty of this decision, sadly. Maybe I’ll go back and visit one night.

GPOYW

(It’ll be Wednesday by the time anyone sees this, right?)

Bought myself a new fat-covering shirt

Bought myself a new fat-covering shirt

Sigh… I was totally gonna stay up late and clean since I’m leaving town Friday, but instead I’m going to watch “Arrested Development” until I pass out on my couch. My brother started watching that show recently and it reminded me how much I love it, so I started re-watching it on Netflix Instant. Those episodes go by so fast, you don’t even realize you’ve watched five in a row before it’s too late.

Over the weekend I baked some cookies (from a box, shh) for the neighbors to thank them for being awesomely quiet as of late. Positive reinforcement! My brother, the new parent, approves of my methods. Meanwhile, I’m going to move. I gotta be outta there by July so I need to make some plans fast. Plans and back up plans are currently in the works.

Also, today, I got my camera-to-laptop problem fixed. The cable I was using WAS the problem, so I got a new one today that works like a charm. I am back in business. I started editing a couple projects tonight instead of going to the record studio as planned– I wasn’t feeling so hot at work this afternoon.

Anyone catch “Glee” tonight? How intensely scary was Kurt’s dad, huh? I was afraid he was gonna punch me in the face through my aunt’s television.