Sunday, January 13, 2008

The plan is that the plan will go ahead as planned

Why does post-production and distribution always take so long, even in this digital age?

Over New Year, Phil and I recorded the first two episodes of our upcoming podcast, Making Better Movies. (It was originally going to be a cookery show, entitled Making Better Brownies, but the test shows didn't go down too well with the audiences, who kindly pointed out that (a) we knew nothing about making brownies and should stick to making funny foreign food, and (b) there's only so much you can say about brownies before you bore the pants off everyone. So we decided to talk about movies instead.)

The plan was to edit it in early January, and start releasing them fortnightly. However, what with one thing and another, the editing session planned for this weekend didn't happen. We're hoping to get something done this week, then you can hear us babble on about our favourite movie topics, and take part in the Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Rodriguez drinking games. Well, that's the plan, anyway.

For the time being, if you want to listen to my dulcet tones (albeit under the influence of red wine, brandy and Red Bull, and the aftermath of England beating France at rugby), you'll have to pop over to The Overcast and listen to Episode #25, recorded at last year's Machinima Festival. There should be another, more sobererer Overcast, where we talk seriously about Moviestorm, out soon once Overman has a chance to edit it.

Anyway, to answer my earlier question, it's because post is where the real work usually gets done. Pre-prod is just kicking ideas around, recording is fun, but turning all that into something half-decent - that's the tricky bit.

Here's a more difficult question. Why is everyone I do podcasts with called Phil? It's confusing.

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