We've cut in the last retake and the film is being "onlined" even as I type. That has nothing to do with the internet. It's the process of putting the final video into the format that will be needed for the sound mix and ultimate delivery.
Tomorrow I'll work with a video engineer to color balance anything I think should be changed. There is only one
sequence that I feel I need to mess with.
It's just too darn dark. I'm the one that pushed the picture so dark, but I think I overdid it. When it gets to the point to where you can't see the seven foot tall red guy, a producer has second thoughts.
Chris Drake actually got some sleep last night! There was such a huge mountain of sound fx to blend into a workable form that Audio Circus was able to give him another two days that he desperately needed.
This movie is not going to have your normal TV mix. You have from now until February 6 to buy yourself some sort of multiple speaker theater system for your TV. It will have a 6.1 mix that will have sound swooping all over the place - not that we've done it yet but I have notes. This does not have a rushed, off the shelf feeling to the sound.
Early next week will be the final sound mix. The end of my creative participation in Sword of Storms, after that the technical wizards do what they must to nail this thing down and send it to Cartoon Network in Atlanta.
Actually, I'm wrong. Although the premiere will be letterboxed, we need to provide a Pan and Scan version. And Mike Mignola and I have to record our commentary. So I guess there's lots to do. Later! -- Tad
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