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Entry 22. By David,
Saturday April 10, 2004
Around twelve minutes of animation done, probably
about five or eight to go. I vote for five.
It's becoming very hard to think about anything
other than finishing Herman, which is making conversation
with people much less interesting for them. I also find myself
in bed at 2am, editing in my head when I should really be
sleeping (or, let's face it, having sex). I'm telling myself
I'll make it all up once the film's done -- the conversation,
the sleep, the sex. I might take care of the sex first if
possible. Then the sleep. Then I'm going to drive to Adelaide
and give Paul his pants back (I ended up going home wearing
them as a cravat a few weeks back at his going-away party.
There are photos of me with naked Paulie from that night which
I'd like copies of if possible. Let me know if you're the
girl that took them).
Then I think I might come back and have a video
night at my place, featuring a Troma movie, an old Jackie
Chan and a Wrestlemania (I think IV maybe. The one where Hogan
lifts Andre the Giant, anyway).
After that I don't know. I've heard about people
being flown overseas to film festivals they're in. That sounds
like a bit of fun to me. Three months from now I hope to be
living it up at the Norwegian Festival for the Animated Arts*,
all expenses paid, hot-tubbing it.
* this festival may not exist
Entry 23. By David,
Monday April 26, 2004
Been sick for the last couple weeks. First I
had gastro (-enteritis, otherwise known as "stomach flu"
or "squirting out of both ends"), then a comparatively
benign but long-lasting cough (I still got it, 'cause I thought
going to the doctor would waste valuable animation time. I
was right, but still).
Nevertheless I have gotten work done. Should
be more, but it should always be more, right? Right? Go to
Use of improvised lines/"off-mike" moments has
worked out well. Most of the extra improv has been for Adam's
character, Chuck, since I have not been entirely happy with
the way I wrote a couple of his scenes (mostly parts where
he interacts with someone other than Herman). With written
fixes (and getting Katrina
to come back in for rerecording -- bless her) I think most
of the problems were worked out, leaving just some individual
lines which sounded awkward. This is where some improv from
Adam has helped, i.e. having him change the line to suit him
better. And in the few cases where that didn't work, we tried
(a) me frustrating him with vague direction or (b) Jake
I've used a certain amount of "off-mike" material
as background noise, but also for some grunts and yelps coming
out of foreground characters, and most notably for the end
of the "conference of evil" scene. In between his
lines as the Klan leader, Thomas
did a little in-character singing which I've ended up using.
I bet he'll be surprised when he sees that. Incidentally,
I did the same thing to Loc
on my last film, Shit Party.
Checked in with Jeremy,
who seems to like what he sees. I'll be bringing him copies
of the original Flash files so he can have a go at final-editing
some scenes while I'm still animating other stuff.
Also talked to a fella called Colin, hidden
deep within the bowels of RMIT (where they keep the TV studio)
who checked out the miniDV camera I'll be using to play the
film at the screening. Theoretically, we can plug the camera
into a big-ass projector which will play it on a screen.
Entry 24. By David,
Friday May 7, 2004
Just under two weeks before the premiere, and
around 17.5 minutes of the film is animated. Some of it has
full sound fx and music, some does not. I have been working
basically full time on HERMAN for the last few months, but
the last few weeks in particular have been especially busy
(David not leaving the house much lately). At the moment I'm
optimistic as to my chances of getting it to a "virtually
done" state by May 20, although as usual for me, it'll
Next Wave had their launch event, featuring
rapping and a bunch of media and artistic types bonding over
their common love of alcohol in the morning. Theoretically
the big publicity train is chugging along, but as yet I'm
not aware of any HERMAN news explosion. Although I answered
some questions for a website called THE
Hannah, the Next Wave associate producer responsible
for the HERMAN event (onya Hannah) sent out the spiffing cast/crew
invites this week. The rest of the promotional cards are being
spread about town by a number of mates who have the luxury
of going outdoors.
Since I sent out an e-mail to virtually everyone
I know inviting them to the screenings, I have realised that
we may not have nearly enough seating for the audience, but
since there is standing room, this should not be a problem
unless they all bring their grandparents (I mean, you have
to find a chair for an old guy, don't you?). Also, a lot of
people have been replying, congratulating me on having finished
the film. Little do they know it's brown trousers time...
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