Had a meeting on Monday with a girl from Shrewsbury about making the set pieces for the miniatures. I’ve already scared off one person with the sheer size of the thing (I’ll leave you to make up your own punchline to that one) and another person dropped out due to paying work. Here’s hoping this will be third time lucky. The next step is to find a location – perhaps the infamous garden of Chris Jenkins – and then a licensed pyrotechnician to blow the damn thing up. As George Clooney said in the South Park movie: “It. Never. Gets. Any. Easier.”
We haven’t done any sound work lately because Chris M, the Boom-swinging Buddha of Suburbia, has had back trouble. With Soul Searcher being so quiet at the moment, I’ve taken the opportunity to travel back in time to the days of summer afternoons spent in the Courtyard with James, a pen and a folder. Yes, the dubiously-titled Nightland: The Dark Side of the Earth is almost something resembling a treatment now. God have mercy on my soul.
I’m looking for two or three more songs to use as source music in the film, and if there are any unsigned bands out there who would be interested in a bit of exposure, please get in touch. Specifically, I’m looking for two confident/aggressive rock tracks and one slow, acoustic song.
Royal Mail finally deigned to deliver the order for the miniature Mustang (third time lucky – if only the post office was as efficient as the weather service). I’m relieved that that particular absurd situation is over. I didn’t realise quite how absurd it was until I rang up my bank to cancel the first cheque. Mustangs, I should point out, are of that breed known as “muscle” cars due to their power. The nice HSBC lady asked me who the cheque was made out to and I duly gave her the name of the company: American Muscle Models.
It’s funny because it’s true.
Another post-apocalyptic Sunday in Hereford. Scott Benzie came over to go through the timing and nature of the film’s 27 music cues. We discussed the possibility of using a choir on some parts and a female soloist on others.
Jon sent me a photo of the Banshee so far. It was nice to see it, even though it’s a long way from completion. The, ahem, vehicle Jon is also making is going to be almost three metres long. Some quick calculations based on the length of the shots and the speed it will need to be travelling revealed that the miniature set for it will need to be about 25 metres long. Not so miniature, then.
The well of Soul Searcher news remains obstinately dry. I may mention that I am considering one or two people for the outstanding positions of Miniature Set Maker and Stop Motion Animator (Ezekiel Shots), and that I have a meeting this weekend with Scott to discuss the specifics of the film’s music cues, but beyond that I’m at a loss as to how to fill this entry. I suppose I could allude to some time I spent adding little chinking noises to the soundtrack whenever AJ handles the library chains, and how I was quite pleased with the Fluorescent Tube Hum sound effect which I created the other day, but I’m not sure that would be very interesting.
Until next time.