last night at dinner {shot from my phone}. from left to right are:Claudio “Wizdm / Wiz” Rodriguez – www.wizdm.comJolane “the mad man” Synott – www.jolane.netSimon “sex symbol” McRae – Wiz is down from sydney for the weekend {he opened for phrase last night at a lttle club} and so we wnet out last night for dinner at […]

synching the edit with the boys tonight {friday 21st april} finds me back in the funklab editing emporium this time with Matt Jacoby {far right in the picture} and Jaydem Lee {far left, Simon in the middle} from Sons Of Korah. we are going through all 18 or so songs and making sure the visuals […]

saturday night “SOK” editing!

saturday night “SOK” editing!!

With Simon & the DJP!!

 7:45 here i sit in the FUNKLAB with mr simon mac to my left on the 20 inch iMac G5 and i on the G4 powermac. we are editing the “narrative sequence” of the Sons Of Korah Live DVD and i thought i’d just blog as we go.

8:30 so any regualr readers know that i am up to my eyeballs with thissons of korah live dvd project. {by the way- you can find out all you ever wanted about sons of korah – you can even download the promo for the dvd on the site… }

my relationship with sons of korah {from now on SOK} is now about 10 years old. i first met Matt Jacoby, lead singer/ song writer/ guitarist/ leader back in 1996 at the reformed presy church in Geelong and we met again through mutual friends… in 1998 SOK became the first group we signed to the Mustard Records label and even though we changed the label to a hip-hop label we have remained great friends… i’ve photographed the band many times, photographed their weddings, been involved in some of the CD designs and helped with live shows and just general advice / sounding board over the years…

8:48 check out some of the action – filmed on the good old camera phone. my apolagies for simon.

9:11 one of the excellent camera crew we had on the shoot back in september was Robbie Spicer, he was a total legend and he has given us some absolutely brilliant footage. he was also the guy that we made do a lot of the floor / stage hand held camera work… so in the editing room here we are looking at some great shots from the other camera men placed further away from the stage- it’s like this- they get the perfect shot of the guitarist and just as the music is building to it’s emotional climax… robbie stands up in shot…. his name has become a swear word…
an example of that is here.
…. so much so that i am now calling every person in the band, and every camera man’s take “robbie”… going brain dead all ready.

9:42 simon puts on a blanket because he’s cold…. he looks like some sort of cave man doesn’t he? he get’s all grouchy in that blanket so i am arguing with him about how he needs to take it off.

10:10 we are at about the half way mark of this 18 minute narrative sequence… here is a screen shot from the Final Cut Pro session… looks complicated doesn’t it? you don’t know the half of it!

also i managed to get the blanket off simon. much more productive now.

10:43 – realize that i should probably explain what i mean by “the narrative sequence”when i talk about what we are actually editing.

the band SOK actually just sing the Psalms from the bible. straight psalms from the scriptures. it’s pretty full on. anyway, the old King of Israel, King David {you know David and Goliath etc}, wrote a stack of the Psalms. The actual life of King David is recorded in a few books of the Old Testament / Torah and the band SOK have taken one particular story of David commiting adultery, having the husband killed and then the resulting child die – you can check it out here in the second book of Samuel– and then found King David’s Psalms about it all and woven it all together in a very intense 18 minute “Narrative” it has 3 songs/Psalms in it and the spoken word story in between…

the good news: – it looks fantastic. and this is the last part of the concert to edit for this live DVD project…

11:11 ok we are now at about 10 minutes into it, well into the centre piece psalm of this piece- Psalm 123 – we are now closing it down and leaving it for the night, so i can drive the 45 minutes back to my place to my pregnant benita and sick boy drummond, and Simon can crawl into bed with his pregnant michelle…

so there ya go… a night in the life of this DVD post production… 3 ½ hours for about 10 minutes of edited material…. pretty good going.
and besides tomorrow is Easter Sunday!! whoo hoo.