The Prodigal Altar Boy

Sunday, December 4, 2011

T-27 Days to Go - "Looks Like an FM Radio!"

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-27 Days to Go
4 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Listened to Karen Everett’s filmmaker affirmations
Read Karen Everett’s eBook “Documentary Editing”
Postproduction Process:
  • Assembly Edit
  • Seven Tips for Hiring an Editor
DOVES – Director’s Outcome Vision and Editorial Statement
Printed copies of the DOVES worksheet
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
MojoCaster warm-up
Grace City music
“Say The Name”
“Trading My Sorrows”
“God of Second Chances”
“You Are Here”
Listened to recording from Saturday (3 December) Grace City practice at Sky Loft and ran the audio through iChord to get the chord progressions.  
Total time:  3.5 hours

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Dies Irae” – 25X on the MojoCaster guitar
“Dies Irae” – octaves, dyads
Pat Metheny Etude #1 bars 1-4 25X
R&B riff work from Gospel Skillz DVD
E – B/D# - C#min – A  R&B chordal riff work.  Focus on smooth transitions and tone.
Total Time:  30 minutes

Notes:  Twenty-seven days and counting.  

Gary Waugh's reaction to the ART T-28 Attack Module:
"Looks like you moved up to an FM radio!"  (ouch

More Lessons Learned:

Never let your monster lay down.  I stole this from the “dead wax” on theEagles album "The Long Run."  Most of you “new-fangled digital young-uns” may not be familiar with the concept of dead wax.  Dead wax is the “blank” area of a vinyl record between the ending grooves of the last song on that side and the label.  In that space, along with the single groove running out there is usually an identifying number for that album, and in some cases, a short handwritten note.  Okay, enough ancient history.  When I saw the words, “NEVER LET YOUR MONSTER LAY DOWN,” it resonated with my understanding of the creative process.  Each piece you create is a spark infused with your spirit and nurtured.  At some point, that spark and your nurturing evolve into something with a life of its own.  For the creative process to be complete, you have to step aside and let what you have created breathe and expand.  There is always the temptation, when a creative piece does not go in the direction you first intended, to abandon it and move on.  While deciding when to abandon a work is another discussion, the speed of how things move often pushes us to abandon a work before it “pays off.”  Do not let that monster lie down; keep pushing it until it walks on its own.