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January 24, 2005

We've spent the last two days mixing, and while the nails aren't completely driven through this particular coffin, the end is within sight. We're going back to the studio tomorrow to lay the mix back to the master digiBeta copy we've already made, and then Brad wants us to sit on it for a week or so and think about whether there are any more changes we need to make before we sign off on everything for the last time and ship it off to SXSW and make new DVDs and all that jazz.

So anyway, we basically went through the entire film and practiced the arts of subtlety and finesse (and, when necessary, synchronization -- and, for one single line, ADR). James provided a live update while we were mixing, and as he mentioned there, the improvements this 'quieter' mix has made to the picture are extraordinary. In particular, the way his segment pays off now is exponentially better, and has an incredibly unnerving Irreversible-style sonic quality to it. Why did we wait until now to do all of this? This is what the movie was always meant to be like.

Brad Dale rules. I can't wait to be able to pay him on our next film.

As a final note for the evening, a word of advice: if you ever have a big file that you've cut together in Final Cut Pro and you plan on taking it to another system on an external hard drive, make sure that you know where the render files are first -- and if you do know where they are, double check and make sure that they are in fact there. It'll save you a lot of trouble.

Posted by David Lowery at January 24, 2005 2:01 AM