The 546 semester at USC Film school
#4 in a series of 13
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In their first primary shoot last weekend,Pema & crew shot an ambitious 750 feet
Digitizing the film is the first step, which converts the footage
to digital format, so
it can go on the hard drive. The quality they digitize at is not very good. By comparison,
digital video is already 'digitized' in the
After the footage is digitized, residing on the hard drive, the next job
is to sync the
dailies, which locks the audio (which is recorded separately) tracks to their
corresponding footage (using
Wendy & Geof didn't get get very good sound logs, which made it difficult to find the
right audio tracks. Wendy started sync'ing yesterday afternoon, and worked straight
thru 'til Geof showed up about 11PM (after his class). She stayed with him a few more
hours, until he got the hang of it, then left to get a few hours of shut-eye.
Geof got no sleep at all, He worked straight thru 'til the morning.
But all the dailies
were sync'ed by the time class started (9AM). Wendy said she would've stayed all
night if necessary to get the job done on time. She expects many all-nighters near
the end of the semester.
She appreciates having Geof as a partner, cuz he doesn't mind working hard when
necessary. All day in class today, he was doing basketball head (unable to stay awake).
Instead of driving all the way back to Laguna for the short
turn-around, Wendy stayed
with Alex & Berni, who live in Topanga Canyon. She got in around 3:30, and had trouble
getting the key to work. Berni woke up, and opened the door for her.
The alarm seemed to go off only minutes after her head hit the pillow. The French-press
(strong coffee) that Berni made in the morning kept her cranking for hours. (Better living
I get concerned about her driving after working so late.
Actual *editing* begins tomorrow (finally). She's excited about editing on theAvid for
After the class viewed all 'the dailies' today, Mary Jensen (the head of 546) said that
Wendy showed her 1-min project for the Intermediate Directing class yesterday.
It's titled Madre, and is about the fears a mother has birthing a child into today's
society. It's posted
She's also been holding auditions for the next project, a 5-minute scene taken from
a chapter out of the book
currently playing Puck, the mischievous fairy is Shakespeare's
Night's Dream. For the play, she has a green silk dress that will work perfectly for
the Green Mansions scene. Both Wendy & Dawn are excited about seeing a chapter
from the book come to life.
She still needs to select a guy for the other part. She's pretty sure she's going to
choose a guy name
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