Last week we recorded the final take of our “readers.” Dustin’s good friend, Jason Buzzard, has a nice deep, resonant voice and did a really nice job of reading the male voice. Shauna (my wife, Dallas’ mom) did the female voice. Throughout the film there are quotes from the web, books and scripture. Their job was to put voice to the text as the viewer reads it. Thank you Jason and Shauna! I wish we had taken a photo of your recording sessions!
We also found a fairly major mistake in time to correct it. One piece of the host’s narration was in the wrong place and the piece that was supposed to be there was never recorded! It was good to find this in time to correct it. We had a mini-taping session in the backyard in front of the greenscreen, which enabled us to put me (the “host”) in the downtown setting where the rest of the narration takes place. We did it outdoors to have the same lighting as the sun shone in my eyes, making me squint. :0) Fortunately, it was only a few sentences and Dallas did a great job of making it fit right in!
You may recall that after our trip, our camera started to literally fall apart. We are very thankful that we are able to borrow a Canon Vixia hv30 to film our narration sequences. Thanks to our friend, Sharon Krushel, for sending it down from the far north! Meanwhile, during our trip and since, we have been writing and rewriting the script for narrations. It feels a little better each time, but when is it truly finished? I guess the answer to that is – tomorrow, since that is when we begin filming. Our desire was to film outdoors before the snow started to fly, so we would have an autumn look. Two blizzards with four foot drifts and a -30º deep freeze have definitely eliminated all feelings of fall. It is definitely winter! The good news is that Monday’s -34º has given way to temperatures around the freezing mark, so it is much more manageable weather for us to film outdoors. We will try to minimize the snow in our shots and still go for the “autumn look” as much as our location will allow. We are also praying for sunny skies and minimal winds. We will film indoors, as well, to see which has the better look.