Douglas Robertson provided four days or interview audio in Houston with family members who have lost loved ones and counselors that specialize in supporting those who grieve. The documentary will air May 5th on WPSU with continuing wider and national release.
Episode 005 of the Rock Star Principles of Success Podcast resulted in a great video story where Dayna Steele talks to her friend Astronaut Cady Coleman about her duet with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson from space on his flute. The video was produced and edited at Citizen Doug Productions own post suite. NASA archival footage and the Zoom video feed from the podcast interview was combined in Premiere Pro CC.
For seven years, Citizen Doug Productions has had the pleasure of supporting the audio for Gillman Automotive Group‘s Gillman Guy campaign. Seen her is Matt Moore who has been one of the guys for the whole run. He is a brilliant talent. Thanks to Moffett Productions for returning me to the stage, in this case, their new facility in downtown Tomball, Texas.
The Red Helium was supported with Sound Devices 633 recording, synced with Ambient Recording Lockits, mic’d with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid transmitters, onset listening with Lectrosonics IFB, and mics B6 by Countryman.
Moffett Productions built a new custom production facility including a three wall cyclorama sound stage that opened in 2019. This recent project for Champion Energy had all the departments pulling together.
Moffett’s Red Helium was supported by Citizen Doug Productions with Sound Devices recording, Ambient ACN networked lockits, Lectrosonics digital hybrid wireless and IFB.
Citizen Doug mic’s GOAT’s. Simone Biles graciously accepts her third Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. Unfortunately, the audio was late in the PA system in Berlin, but they got it going by her second response and it gives a good example of the difference of with and without PA and unruffled performances by all.
Four Cobham wireless Sony 55’s captured a Squad of Storm Troopers, Droids, The HCC Wind Ensemble, and United executive leadership with broadcast mix and full iso record on a Sound Devices Pix 260i, Ambient Nanlockits, Behringer X32 Producer, X-Dante card, and Lectrosonics VRM Venue. The project was produced by 2nd Decade Productions.
Interviews on location are still the bedrock of the work that Citizen Doug Productions provides. For this series of ads for Key by Amazon produced by Shooting Stars Pro. Lectrosonics lav and hypercardioid boom were mixed through a Sound Devices 633 hard wired directly to a Red Dragon.
Henry Darragh called me and asked if I would shoot his studio date at Wire Road with Doc Loc and the Swangers. I grabbed my Canon c300, Ambient lockits, Canon 5d and we were off to the races! Then I edited for a little while.
Doc Loc and the Swangers soloists: James Williams III (trumpet) Kendall Moore (trombone) Grace Estrada (baritone saxophone) Tito Carbonelli-Hernandez (tenor) Jordan Stephens (bass trombone)
Woody Witt (alto), Brian Perez (tenor), Cory Wilson (alto), Gerry Mata and Salvador Velasco, (trumpets), Silvio Giannetti, and Henry Darragh (trombones), Glen Ackerman (bass), Jerre Jackson (drums), Dan Workman (co-producer), Josh Applebee (engineer/mixing engineer), Christopher Longwood (mastering engineer), and videography by Citizen Doug Productions. Recording Studio: Wire Road. Mixing and some solo tracking at Upper East Room at Château de Palestine
Also appearing, Sound Devices 633, Lectrosonics SMDWB, IFB, and UT400.
Varispeeding audio playback while a camera over or under-cranks is not a new technique. I am able to match a variety of camera frame rates on set, on demand. I was hired to do the first three days of on set playback in Houston on Solange’s short film “When I Get Home.” The second video release of this material “Almeda” uses some of the images shot while I did playback. Solange spent a lot of time crafting this work as can be seen by the number of scenes that obviously are Houston and many that are not. With so much rich material, many of the scenes we shot were not used or were re-purposed. The whole piece is psychedelic and reminiscent in tone. The mixture of images generated at different time base rates help build that mood. It would be difficult to claim or reveal very much at all about the process. A clear example of a shifted base rate that I supported is the spinning cowboy hat. Notice that Solange’s lip sync performance is spot-on while the hat moves a little slower than it would naturally.
So since I couldn’t easily explain the process, I decided to make a demo for Instagram of the varispeed playback rig I assembled. I couldn’t get all the elements of this special rig demonstrated in under two minutes and Instagram is limited to one minute. No problem! Varispeed that! You will notice that the clocks are running at double speed and the demonstration of the director’s mic, recorded live, is pitched up. This goofy little demo is the opposite of beautiful divas languidly dancing and lip syncing. It was shot and edited over a single take as a one man band.
As a side note, it was a tremendous honor and pleasure to work with Chayse Irvin, CSC (DOP “BlacKKKlansman”). He is a remarkably gifted and pleasant professional. Film pros of my vintage and local always wonder if we will ever get to work in 35mm film again. His insight and requests helped hone the techniques that I used and both conserved film stock and saved film related budget. Like me, I know that he didn’t work on every frame in this expansive work, but his early influence set the bar high
Equipment in the demo includes Zoom F8n, Zoom F8 Control app, Apple Mac Pro, Apple iPad, Avid Pro Tools, Denecke Time Code Slates, Yeti Source Zero 1400, Lectrosonics IFB, Lectrosonics digital hybrid wireless