The cast and crew had a LONG day yesterday filming. We started at 6:00am and didn't finish until 6:15pm when the last of Clay Christiansen's voice-overs were recorded. Everone put in so much hard work, but I believe everyone had a great time. The whole thing was a great experience. We had a really yummy lunch catered by BYU-Idaho and we got so full we all wanted to take a nap. (Somehow I managed to forget setting aside time to take a nap in the filming schedule.) After everything was done, Allison and I went out to dinner with Clay and had a great time talking about his family and experiences with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is just a genuinely warm man with a big heart. I'm glad he accepted my invitation to host the documentary!!
All that's left now is to put everything together. Troy is working on the audio mixes and I'll be working on the video footage. I've got two weeks to put it together, so "Marathon #2" starts..........................NOW!!
Finished our first day of filming with Clay Christiansen, Tabernacle Organist. It was lots of fun to finally meet him in person after many weeks of emails and phone calls. After the filming, he went down to the Ruffatti organ to practice for his segment tomorrow. Got to hear his new composition and watch him put all the sounds together. You'll like what you hear! We have a full day tomorrow of filming from 6:00am to 6:30pm. I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight!!
This week is the big week! We are filming all of the organ performances this coming Friday and Saturday. This is the last set of major filming to be done. So when it is complete, I can start putting everything together and actually making a movie out of the hours (yes...hours!) of footage from the organs and interviews. Don't worry, for broadcast purposes I have to keep the time limit under an hour. It will be hard to condense all the interviews down to the bare bones because everyone had such great things to say about the instruments. (I refer you to my previous post about that experience.)
I have the butterflies in my stomach and I'll probably not sleep at all this week. I'm really excited for the weekend. It will be an awesome experience!!
I just want to give a big thanks to the Cast and Crew for the great work each of them have done with the project. I really couldn't have made this film without each and every one of them. They are making a dream come true and I sincerely appreciate all they have done.
I also want to extend my utmost, sincere gratitude to all the benefactors who have made this film a reality. Thank you for your generous support and kindness.
Today I got to spend the day with Mark Anderson, Jeff Hansen, and Dave Bagley from Heritage Church Organ Company as they did maintenance on the Taylor Chapel, Legacy Stake Center, and BYU-I Center organs. I was able to get footage of things that I otherwise would not have had access to. The guys were very nice to let me tag along and take video of the insides of the organs. I got some really nice shots of the Wicks organ because there is tons of room in the organ chambers (unlike the Ruffatti!). I also got to go under the organ chamber and video tape the blowers and reservoirs as Mark played Widor's Tocatta at full organ. It was really neat to see all the reservoirs quiver and quake as he played.
I also got to go backstage at the BYU-I Center and see the massive speakers and subwoofers that make the organ sound in that large auditorium. There is a lot to consider in order to make the organ sound good. Lots of compromises have to be made between the lighting technicians whose lights and trusses get in the way of the organ speakers, the house system technicians who reproduce the sound further into the auditorium, the curtains onstage that muffle the sound, and the organists that want all the lights, trusses, and curtains removed so that the organ sounds good! Because several changes to the stage were made after the installation of the organ, the guys at Heritage have to come back this summer to completely re-voice and tweak the organ so that it sounds like it originally did. That might be another documentary in of itself!!
We had a marathon this morning filming interviews for 6 people!! It was incredible and I learned a lot more about these instruments -both on a technical and personal level. Originally I had planned for the performances to be the real meat and potatoes of each segment, but the interviews and historical accounts will be equally as yummy. It was a pleasure to have Mark Anderson and Jeff Hansen, President and Vice President of Heritage Church Organ Company, as a last minute addition to the line up. Their input was invaluable and I am glad that we were able to work them into the film. Their company is responsible for getting all these wonderful instruments here and regularly perform maintenance on them as well. Again, it was great to have them. Here is a link to their website: http://www.heritagechurchorgan.com/
We also had exceptional interviews with Dr. Kerr, Rebecca Parkinson, and Molly Patrick. Dr. Wolford had a lot of unique personal stories that I'm sure you will find fascinating and heart-warming. Everyone added a unique perspective that enhances the educational and personal value of the film.
We also got all the background music recorded for the film on the Ruffatti. Dr. Kerr and Cory Whittier did a remarkable job with the music and I have to say that you will be absolutely blown away with the opening title sequence and the credit roll!! I won't spoil the surprise, you'll just have to come watch the movie!! After we got done recording, I mentioned to Dr. Kerr that 5.1 Surround Sound is just not going to do justice compared to the real thing, but Troy is working on an impressive surround mix that will be sure to split your hairs!!
It was a long day, but we got some good mileage behind us. All that's left to do now is film the performances and put it all together (that's the fun part!!). Keep checking the blog often for more updates!!