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!!
I was contacted by Jay Hildebrandt of Local News 8 who wanted to do a feature story on the documentary. It aired tonight after the Oscars as the leading news story! Channel 8 doesn't have the story posted online yet, but here is the link for the same story that ran on Channel 3.
Today marks the first day for filming on the documentary. We will be filming b-roll segments of the Ruffatti organ in the Barrus Concert Hall. It is nice to actually get some physical mileage behind us. We will be using a 12ft camera crane to get high angle and sweeping shots of the pipes and console. We will also be filming the thousands of pipes behind the facade as well.
I was approached by Channel 8 News who wants to do a feature story on the documentary. They will be there tonight to get some news footage and interviews. The story will air on Sunday night. I couldn't have hoped for better publicity! This is awesome!
Tomorrow we will be recording all of the background music as well as the opening and ending sequence music on the Ruffatti. Everything is being recorded in 5.1 Digital Surround Sound.
Once we get the b-roll footage and the music recorded then I'll get a movie trailer made that I will post on the home page. I will also be posting pictures and some video of production here on the blog. Thanks for your interest and support of this project!