Match Frame

Thoughts from an American editor and filmmaker in New Zealand about film and video production and post-production. Plus whatever else I feel like talking about.

Location: Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand

A work in progress.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

zombie mac, with new powers!

So a week later and $500+, I have my Mac back. It now has a much larger (and, more excitingly, functional) hard drive, running a newer version of the Mac operating system with new, exciting applications! The downside is that not only does it not have my old, also exciting applications installed, I forgot to back them up, which is a nuisance. However, I did backup all my other data a week before it died and gmail thoughtfully fills in most of the gaps. Lost a couple things but it could have been a LOT worse.

Amidst trying to get various apps back up and running, I decided to experiment with new arrival GarageBand, which is Apple's make your own recording thing. Being Apple, it's absurdly intuitive, and after putting together something with loops and primitive keyboards, I recorded one of my songs using the built-in mic. The audio quality, apart from the high noise floor, is MUCH better than I expected. I'm still trying to decide how I feel about the song (an old one, "Perfect Houses", that you might have seen The Jet Effect play in our, like, one show ever - I played guitar for that one). I mean, I like the song (it's simple but not too embarrassing) but I'm pretty rusty on guitar and still trying to get my head around singing, vocal delivery, the basics of singing in key. I recorded three different takes. If I can figure out how to export them from Garageband and can withstand possible embarrassment and think anybody cares, I might post them to get feedback, either here or at the NAP.

Otherwise, just getting over a nasty cold/flu that I think I've finally licked after a week, probably my body's revenge for abusing it during the film festival. Cut a movie trailer, and may be cutting another one shortly. Getting the animation project back off the ground, slowly.

And going to make a cup of herbal tea. Like, now. Bye!


Blogger Brett Peters said...

Even if you can't export them, go ahead and post the Garage Band files. Many of us have seen the light and made the leap over to Macs.

17/8/07 12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey doug, have you ever made a zombie movie? The Alamo Drafthouse is doing an Independent Zombie Movie festival and I saw the call for submissions today. Might be a good reason to come back to Austin and visit.


17/8/07 12:25 PM  
Blogger Scoutie said...

Yeah! Post it! Post it!

I'm'a gonna go give myself a mohawk now...

17/8/07 3:23 PM  
Blogger dd said...

Brett - I figured out how to export them. Now I just have to figure out how not to suck. ;)

Brannon - I've directed two. One was a 30-second infomercial for hallowed ground, and the other was a 48-hour film in 2006. I might try giving that a recut and shipping it out to the festival.

There's a third zombie film that I co-wrote, an educational film called ZOMBIES AND YOU, but it turned into something, um, different than what I expected.

Scout - mohawk? pictures!

19/8/07 1:02 AM  
Blogger Scoutie said...

more a faux-hawk, on account of i'm a poser, but this is just for you: girlhawk

20/8/07 1:26 PM  

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