I have reached the long dark tunnel of every creative process. The point where you're absolutely certain that if the shoe hasn't dropped yet, it will soon. The precipice of discovery, where you're sure you're a hack and that you're creating a piece of shit. This feeling is what keeps most artists going. To paraphrase Mike Krahulik, an artist grows because he/she constantly thinks their work is horrible and they strive to create something that's not totally embarrassing before they die. I agree.
I am not, nor have I ever been a sound designer. However I do know good sound when I hear it. Right now the sound for The Proposal needs some work and I'm glad I have someone far more capable of handling these cerfuffles than myself. Monty, take a bow. It wasn't until recently that I concerned myself with sound. Before this, we usually let the camera catch what it could, worked voice over into the story or had someone else handle it entirely (Thanks again Monty & Blake). But I always knew that sound was one of, if not THE most important part of making movies. You can have the most beautiful looking film, but if it sounds like shit, it fails. We didn't fail on this one. I have utter confidence it the final destination-no matter how bumpy the journey. But this experience is teaching me important things as well as re-teaching me things I had forgotten. Perhaps the most important thing I've learned so far, is that the most vital job of the director is to hire/cast people who already know how to do the job. If you can do that off the bat, it makes everything else so much easier.
The shots look good, the performances are well played and the jokes are still funny (at least I think so). We seem to be heading in the right direction.
However, because this project is taking longer than expected due to tight schedules and late starts, I fear I may have to postpone Coffee with Ray and replace it with a project I know we can finish on time (I feel a little like Roger Corman). I still want to do CWR, and will complete it, but the stop motion effects need to be given time and I don't want to rush them. So for now, my main concern is what to do? I've been tasked with producing two films and I don't want to get caught in a "where my money at" situation. I think I can still deliver though. As I've said before, I've done more with less.
Below are some stills from the shoot, let me know what you think. Cool, no?
Chris Jones as Sean in The Proposal (2012)
Andi Davis as Sarah in The Proposal (2012)
Adam Fontana as Brian in The Proposal (2012)