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The End of All Sound

We have finally started the final production step for The End of All Things, which is that of Sound Design and Music Scoring. I’m delighted to say that my good friend and film composer Douglas Romayne, who produced the multiple award-winning score for my last film (Freedomland – as well as Buffy, Angel and many others) is returning to score EOAT. We had our first of many scoring discussions last week, and as always, I can’t wait to see what kind of new magic Douglas works with this picture. He is also truly a pleasure to work with, albeit long-distance (as I’m in Ohio, and he’s in Los Angeles). In addition to the score, I’ve also had my first of many sessions with my sound designer Chris Feran, who is also a great find, he’s been doing sound work for many years and has a wonderful ear when it comes to building a soundscape from a blank page. With that said, I’ll be working with the both of them on a regular basis over the next few weeks, as we’ve got a lot to accomplish in a short time, but I’m happy to say that we’re still right on-track for our April 12th world-premiere date. I’ll be sure to post a few more updates later as things progress and we get closer to the premiere.

Storm of the Century

Ok, now this may have just been a really stupid thing to do, but the genius that I am, I decided to drive up to Columbus and back in the middle of a blizzard (literally, there was a blizzard warning). For those of you who aren’t aware of where I live and how stupid a choice this was, I live in Oxford, Ohio which is a small town located between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio and is about 2 hours southwest of Columbus (on a good day), about half this driving is on back-roads through the country-side, which is all well and good, except for when it snows. Basically, I was driving in the middle of a blizzard both ways, on ridiculously winding roads not fit to drive on in clear-weather (which hadn’t been cleared) with 4-foot drifts and 5-foot ditches on both sides of the tiny 2-lane roads.
Now, this was all well and good in day-light, but I was even smarter when I made the decision to drive back home in the dark (still blizzarding) at 3am.

Ok, let me back-up for just a second before I continue. There is a reason forthis trip, I was invited to concert by a cousin of mine, who is just now getting into the music business as a concert promoter, she told me she was working on a show in Ohio and wanted me to meet a few people and hang out. This is all well and good, as I rarely get to see her and I’m big into the music side of the industry, so I said “Sure!” not expecting there to be a blizzard the day of the show (then again, neither was she). So, I went to the show, which was great fun (though somewhat sparse when it comes to attendance, a blizzard will do that), but I enjoyed it and meet some great new people. With that said, the 2-hour drive quickly turned into a 4-hour drive (one way) since I was rather forced to drive a great deal slower than usual as a result of not being able to tell where the snow ended and the freeway began. At one point (around 3:30am) I just started guessing where the side of the freeways were judging by where all the abandoned cars and jack-knifed semis lay covered in 3-feet of snow. This is one of those times when you get that creepy feeling, it’s pitch-black out, snow blowing your car all over the place, you’re on a major 6-lane freeway that is completely deserted, and all you pass are dozens of abandoned vehicles, all dark, half-covered in drifting snow, and all you’re trying to do is not become one of them. Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it, I love snow, and I love driving in it even more. Where some people a rush from roller-coasters, I get the same thing from driving in a blizzard in the middle of the night, I just love it! With that said, I only went off the road twice on the trip and to my chagrin, didn’t hit anything, didn’t break anything, and didn’t get stuck, but I guess that should probably be attributed to the fact that I’ve been driving in snow since I first got my license (having first lived in Michigan will do that to you). Anyhow, it was all I could do to stop from laughing when I was driving the last few miles and came across some of the first snow-trucks I’d seen all day/night, and get this, they had slid off the road and were stuck in the ditch. Here I was wondering why none of these roads had been touched all day and why I hadn’t seen a single snow-plow and here I go passing 4 of them, 2 suck in a ditch (literally in the same place) and 2-more sliding around trying to pull the first two out! So I calmly passed them (though just barely, this was that same 2-lane road) and made it back safe and sound at around 4:30am. Now, it may have been a dumb decision on my part, having decided to go knowing the weather forecast, but I honestly have to say, it was one of the funnest day’s I’ve had in while. (and yes, I’m still pulling ice out of my engine-block)

New Festival Videos

I just wanted to let you all know that there are a bunch of new videos from the Oxford International Film Festival now online on Youtube and FaceBook, including the official trailer for the 2008 fest, an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip with interviews from guests, TV-spot and more, so be sure to check them out.

You can just search for the fest on YouTube, Click Here, or see the links under Media on this site. Feel free to send comments!