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May. 4th, 2006

Eric Francis (sted Cainer):
It really is amazing what difference a single day can make. What yesterday seemed beyond serious consideration, too shocking to speak out loud, today seems like common sense. It's as if you've crossed an invisible barrier in your mind, and have made peace with the fact that change and progress are inevitable. You may have no idea where the information is coming from; it seems both new and familiar; a bit frightening and deeply reassuring at the same time. Think of what you're doing as reading your own mind, seeking and finding the truth of your life within your own heart and soul.

Brezsny:
New Rule: During the next two weeks, you're not allowed to think any thought or feel any feeling you've experienced a million times before. If you detect one of those stale ingredients bubbling up into the mix, it's your sacred duty to immediately substitute a fresh-from-the-garden idea or feeling that you've never entertained before. It's the season of novelty, Taurus--time to compost the old ways and revel in raw innocence. Invite the universe to gorge you with virginal blessings.

Astro:
Helping others
Under this influence your energy is best expressed by activities whose principal goal is helping others. You may feel like doing very little, and certainly you will not be very self-assertive. But you are able to work with a spirit of true self-sacrifice and a desire to help others. Now you are more conscious of other people's needs and wants, because your own ego needs aren't very great. The only problem to watch out for is the temptation to view yourself as a kind of "savior" helping those who are lower or worse off than yourself. This influence can always create illusions, and you may think you are being totally unselfish when you are really on one of the strongest but subtlest ego trips of all. This is a good time to look at your life objectively to see what it really is without judging or condemning.


Mixed bag, methinks. Nothing of real import for the day.

Last night I spent round 2 of sound spotting on the movie.

Round 1 was basically just a sit-down-and-watch run through to get a feel for things that were really taking me out of the movie. Unfortunately, a significant part of the movie has sound flaws that need to be fixed; if it were up to me, I'd re-record the dialogue for the entire movie and scrap the location sound. Unfortunately that can't happen in the available time, so there are entire scenes that will carve a little slice out of my soul every time I see them.

Round 2 is a lot more involved: it's sitting down with an excel spreadsheet and a DVD player with the time/chapter display on, and noting every flaw that should be corrected, along with possible suggestions on how to fix it, if it's ADR, whose line needs to be re-recorded... it's a lot of detail, it's exhausting and time consuming. And I'm about a third of the way through the movie. Plus, I need to finish the spotting tonight so I can pull the scenes and burn ADR DVDs for recording on Saturday.

I also have to mark out places where additional effects and foley are needed, any digital effects, and basic color correction are needed.

Goal is to get all of it done by May 20th. Doubtful that I can hit that date for everything, so it will be another case of get-done-what-I-can.

There are two places in the movie that need motion stabilization and I currently don't have the capability to do that. Or at least not without some serious convolution. There are also a couple of bullet hits that I should do in post (since we weren't using real bullets-- freakin' pussy actors) but aren't as critcal as fixing some other things.

On a good note, I received a refund check from my medical flex spending account that would cover the significant portion of the software that I need to do this-- like less than $20 difference including shipping-- so I actually could get the software early next week. I wasn't planning on getting it so soon, but maybe I should. That money was going into a fund earmarked for it anyway. Downside is that it is some relatively complex software, so there is a bit of a learning curve. OTOH, I have the official licensed coursework/training manuals already, and I've been perusing them to get a feel for how the system operates. It's really a pretty cool paradigm, and I like the workflow.

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