Over the last couple of days I have been recording the commentary tracks for the Gone Fishing DVD (which you can now buy with the link to the left here). When I started to plan this, the first thing that I realised is that because Gone Fishing is only 13 minutes long, it would be a very short chat track unless we did something! So I slowed the film down to 50%, giving us enough time to actually get into the groove – so on the DVD, there is a second version of the film that plays in slow motion, just for the chat tracks (each running 26 minutes now).
I recorded editor Eddie Hamilton first, in his cutting room at Elstree Studios where he is working on yet another multi million dollar movie. It was a lot of fun to go through the film, revisiting all our choices. On reflection, I was amazed at just how much care and attention we paid in post production – I am always a fan of going the extra distance in post, but we really did and then some! And for my money, it shows.
And this evening I recorded DP Vernon Layton in my office. Since the shoot I have become very close friends with Vern and his lovely wife Linda, and I am sure that we will be making another movie again at some point in the not too distant future – we agree on so many things and see our jobs as a real gift. I am grateful that Gone Fishing brought us together in such a serendipitous way.
For the techies among us, I recorded the audio on a little Edirol Field Recorder which records to flash memory, and I have to say, the quality is excellent. It’s also so immediate, getting it into an editing system just takes seconds. I have just completed the edit on Vernon and now the DVD is ready to go, so those of you who are wondering where your DVD’s are, they should start being shipped early next week.
I also just took delivery of a FedEx from LA so I hope to have the video from the My Hero Film Festival up very soon.
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author
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