Split Take – Post Production
Split Take is a 30-minute short film that I directed in late 2015. It was crazy. We had very little time and minimal crew to shoot a relatively large project. Then after all of that I had to rush an edit to turn in for my class. After countless nights staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning, it was finally over. I crashed. I didn’t do anything all of winter break. Now moving into the spring of 2016 it was time to actually finish the film.
After passing the film off to Evan Boggess to make revisions I recut a lot of the film. It now flowed much better than the original version. But we ran into a problem. The audio was not good. It wasn’t good for most of the film. So, after months of trying to clean up the tracks I had to make a decision. I decided to ADR the whole film. The reasons for this even happening are that we used an Azden SGM-1X (in the same range as an NTG-2). This just is not a film grade microphone. It is a nice budget mic that I have not had any issues with before, but recently I got a Rode NTG-3 and all of a sudden I realized how terrible all of my audio sounds. That was the key thing for me in this decision. We have already put so much work and effort into this film that to sacrifice audio quality is doing ourselves a disservice. I have already ADR’d an entire film by this point as well (Uncharted Territory). So I am confident that we can pull it off effectively.
The cast have been troopers and we are almost done with post. We are currently shooting for the film to be completed in May. We will send the film to all of our backers online, and then we will host a live screening before sending the film to festivals. You can find updates on the film here. https://www.facebook.com/SplitTake/