As some of you no doubt noticed I’ve been absent these past few days. Part of the reason is because my wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary and the other is -well -we’re moving into a new house. The first part was expected, the second was not. Somewhere along the line we’ve all been faced with the task of moving so I don’t have to tell you how daunting it can be -especially when it’s not planned. But, when opportunity strikes sometimes you have to just go for it.
What does this have to do with Love In Training? Well for starters, the house we’re moving to is larger than our current living space by a wide margin. This newly found square footage is going to allow for me to actually bring most, if not all, of Love In Training’s post production facilities, uh-um, well, in-house. Prior to this past week I was browsing for industrial spaces that could play host to an edit suite, color grading theater and sound mixing stage. I was looking for a central location to perform all these tasks so that I could save on post house fees and such, but now that we’ve found this new, larger, home I don’t have to look anymore. And yes I have an understanding and loving wife so you needn’t even ask.
What’s more exciting is the fact that not only do I get to share with you the process of maximizing your cinema experience in your own life, but I get to show you how to incorporate it into an actual, everyday, home. What does this mean exactly? The post production facilities for Love In Training are going to span two spaces; first, an edit suite/equipment room and second, a screening room/color grading suite. This dual room approach will allow for the utmost flexibility and ease of workflow when it comes time to start putting the final film together. In one room we’ll be able to edit a scene and in the next we’ll quite literally get to view it, in real time, on a larger scale so as to see how it “plays” both story wise as well as technically. Furthermore, the screening room will be built in such a way that it will be easy to swap out a variety of different loudspeakers, screens and other components in order to best test the film’s sound and visual acuity to create the best possible master that you will then get to experience at the theatrical level as well as in your own homes. This part of the process is being aided in large part by the film’s growing list of wonderful technical sponsors.
Why should you care about a purpose built post theater or edit suite? In my view, if you see and understand what goes into making a film, you’ll a) more than likely gain a deeper appreciation of the process and the hard work put forth by the creative team and b) walk away with context that you can then apply to your own entertainment systems and experience. These are both very good things for it is my goal to not only make you excited about my film but also excited by the prospect of being able to enjoy ALL films in a much more meaningful way in your own home.
The problem with home theater is that for too long the concept of having a home theater became synonymous with having to spend lots of money. This simply isn’t true, and part of my rational for wanting to show you this part of the process (as boring as it may be for some of you) is to disprove the myth that you have to spend a lot in order to get a lot. We’re going to be building these two rooms DIY style and showing you everything on video and in print so you yourself can follow along or better still, build your own. I’m going to tell you exactly what we’ve spent and how you can save money and still achieve largely the same end result. I think you’re going to be amazed at just how simple a lot of this so-called complicated stuff truly is.
Taking it a step further, the new house will then allow me to scale the experience down to a variety of different living situations; for instance say a living room or guest room. It’s important to get these new formats correct for a film doesn’t simply leave a theater and go straight to your HDTV. Getting these new “venues” to play with the same impact as what we’re aiming for at the theatrical level is a challenge, but one that ultimately must pay off, for more people are going to see Love In Training (or any indie film) on small screen versus a large one.
This whole process is going to be beginning very soon, like in the next two to three weeks. As I said before we’re going to be documenting the various transformations on video so be sure to keep your Internet connections primed for that as we attempt to go This Old House on my new digs. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and educational too. Just another part of the process of making an independent film from start to finish.
I thank you so much for reading and for your continued support. Until next time, take care and stay tuned…