Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Night Shift: A cozy evening of ADR


The Night Shift is the production diary of Fighting Owl Film's new independent supernatural-adventure-comedy of the same name currently in "post" in Mobile, AL. Over the course of the next several weeks and months, you'll get an insider's peek at what it's like for filmmakers to craft a new entry of paranormal pop culture from Erin Lilley, a producer and actress on the film.

Cozy Evening of ADR 

There's nothing like a quiet evening at home. Thomas and I had a romantic, homecooked dinner, where we discussed home improvement ideas and maybe renting The Social Network. Now, I'm cuddled up on the sofa, comfy cozy, typing away, and he is ... on the other side of the room, watching Khristian record his ADR. Ain't love grand?

Let me back up a bit. Last Friday our fab Sound Editor, Shaun, emailed that he needed to record some additional dialogue. There were excellent reasons that I won't go into, as they are numerous and, frankly, boring. In any case, we set up a conference call for Saturday evening, to discuss the additions and the current state of the mix.

Saturday morning, I had some non-movie related (does that even exist?) music stuff to tend to (in my "other" life, I'm a working classical singer), then grocery shopping and normal, everyday life activities. I think Thomas got a haircut. You see, we were still blissfully unaware of what was to come.

Saturday evening, we called Shaun. Two hours later, we'd whittled an astounding 28 pages of ADR down to a manageable seven. I started emailing actors, reworking schedules and running around like a chicken with its head cut off. The mix will be amazing, and every syllable to be recorded is, without doubt, necessary. We just have some important deadlines looming over our heads, and have to get this finished as soon as possible. Like, you know, yesterday.

So, Sunday and Monday, I recorded my dialogue. Tuesday and Wednesday, Khristian (Rue Morgan) took care of his. Thursday and Saturday, we'll have supporting actors over. With any luck, that'll take care of everything, and the mix should be finished shortly. Color correction is underway, and a finished product is imminent. I swear. 

This has been awesome, and I can't wait to see the final product. I have to say, though, it'll be nice to have a quiet evening at home, just the two of us. 

We're still plugging away at this thing. In the meantime, you can follow The Night Shift at www.thenightshiftmovie.com. You can check out the poster, trailer, cast and crew, and some fun downloads. Heck, if you like, you can even be our friend on Facebook and Twitter (@NightShiftMovie), where you can follow more of the progress of the movie.

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