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A Lonely Place For Dying Sneak Preview in Los Angeles

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Wow, the last time I posted something was I was just starting scoring the feature film A Lonely Place For Dying, 13 months ago.  Well, I'm finished and you can see a sneak preview of it next week if you're in Southern California.  I'll be there too, stop by and say hi. (More info further down the post.)

It took longer than I thought it would (doesn't it always?) but in the fall of 2009 I finished. I'm writing this 4-5 months later because I had to recover first. Seriously, it was like giving birth.

To an elephant.  Through my ear.

While driving.

I'll post a more detailed account later but in short this is what happened.  I was initially contracted to score the film, but after they reached picture lock and I was just about to start recording music I apparently lost my sanity and decided to take the job of post production audio supervisor as well.  I say audio supervisor in the absence of a succinct title describing what I actually did, which was every post-production audio-related task, including the dialog edit, sound design, sound editing, Foley walking and editing, re-rerecording mix and delivery of the final mix of the film in stereo and 5.1 Dolby & DTS streams.  Additionally. I took on some other tasks (*cough* … control freak) such as menu design and creation of the DVD screeners for festivals, and creating a 1080P Dolby 5.1 Blu-Ray version for projection at festivals.   

In the end, I also wrote and recorded 50 minutes of original music in surround for the underscore (which will be released later this year) as well as releasing the maxi-single to accompany the film, with the title song and 3 remixes.  A few weeks ago I finished color-grading the music video for the title song as well (Justin Eugene Evans directed, Ginger Ravencroft, Bern Locker and I perform in it, and Daniel Lenz and I edited it). 

This was a huge project - it was a metric crap-ton of work and it was a time-constrained challenge, and even though I think I had some kind of a nervous breakdown somewhere towards the end there, it was, I can say now that I've recovered, FUN, and I'm proud and honored to have been a part of it.

Additionally, this was also a very cool project with which to be involved because it was so ambitious: make a micro-budget independent feature film that looks and sounds like it has a much, much bigger budget.  Justin Eugene Evans, the writer and director, will be talking about that in a lecture before the sneak preview, and at the Q&A after the movie, along with myself and some of the other cast and crew including two amazing actors, James Cromwell and Michael Wincott, both of whom appear in the film.  Come down, has some fun, see what I've been up to for the last year and support independent film.

Here's the place:

The Downtown Independent

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The venue looks awesome.  We'll be projecting a 1080P version of the film in 5.1. The theater has killer specs including stadium seating (including 16 reclining sofa seats.  Dibs on one of the sofa seats).  

They serve beer.  Even better.  (Okay, I made that part up.  I don't think they serve beer).

Address, map and ticket purchase links for the April 7th event are available here.

(I'm a little late in getting this out, if you want to come, I'd buy tickets now). Ten bucks gets ya in.

Here's the schedule:

• 6:30 Doors Open

• 7:00 Justin Evans' lecture: EPIC MOVIES ON MICRO BUDGETS - The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide To Tax Law, State Rebates and Raising Capital.

• 8:00 Sneak Preview of A Lonely Place For Dying (Sneak Preview of the ALPFD music video will be looping the lobby as well)

• 9:30 Q&A with James Cromwell, Michael Wincott and cast & crew

• 10:00 Party on the roof with music by Sorry, Nelson. That's right, I said the roof.

Alright you guys, that's it for now.  I hope I can see some of you there.  For those that can't make it, there will be screenings in other parts of the country in the future, I'll let you know as I find out.

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