Used to stand in the alcove of our family room at my 1940s Hamilton Drafting Desk, with a bright view of the San Francisco Bay, writing. Now I’ve set up my office/editing bay in our lot in Oakland, where we raise turkeys in the summertime, chickens, fruit trees and vegetables year-round.
Over the three and a half years I’ve been working on “A Sound Life,” a short doc film, twenty-two megabytes has grown 434 megabytes or 15GB–of writing!
Unless someone asks about my project, I’ve kept to myself about it. I’ve been busy logging footage and diegetic sounds (sound effects that happened coincidentally during filming, like church bells, brake squeals and my subject’s Porsche engine). This has gone on for 5 months. It’s wasn’t exciting, but necessary. Thank God I’ve finished logging twelve memory cards. I added up all the gigs I shot (leave your guess in the comment area after this post). It’s certainly the most footage I’ve ever shot for for a film project, dating back to homeschool-like cinematography studies at the University of Arizona in the late 80s. (We met in rooms with no air conditioning and one hundred degree heat.) I digress.
Anyway, I took a snapshot of some of the documents I’ve written. Check it out.
What? You can’t see it? Basically there are oodles of topics I’ve written for my current film project, “A Sound Life” including:
Early phone interview questions Interview questions for subject including background, creative process, problems and philosophy Interview questions for Directors Interview questions with Re-Recording Sound Experts Justification, Treatment, Outline, Synopsis of film Working titles, Themes, Story Descriptions of the look and the mood of the film Design, elements of art research--in art Design and elements of art--in film soundtracks Beatnik history in San Francisco's North Beach Prospective music Audio logging of Zoom recordings Shot lists, List of B roll needed Photo, Audio and Video Releases Art Release Agreement, Location Agreement and Music Agreements Emails and texts to my Subject, writing down phone notes Social Media Tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts
That list is only the tip of the iceberg compared to what’s in my drive, which I really need to organize.
Now do you believe me when I say that writing and logging are a big part of the filmmaking process?