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AlphaDogs Provides Solutions For First-Time Filmmakers
Why using a professional post-production facility is crucial to succeeding in the film business
Making a film for the first time is a challenge enough in itself, but post-production can sometimes be even more daunting. Thibault explains, "Strangely, all the things we were warned about-—actors, scheduling, permits, etc.— weren't a problem at all. But when it came to post-production, it was a complete nightmare until we brought the show to AlphaDogs. We tried to get by cheap and skip using a professional post house, only to find out these freelance colorists and audio mixers have no clue as to what they are doing."
AlphaDogs colorists Brian Hutchings and Sean Stack created the look for the film including a "movie-within-
Audio Engineer, Curtis Fritsch and Junior Audio Mixer, Juan Lucas-Benavidez worked closely with Thibault to fix major problems within the audio. "I didn't think the sound was that bad until we listened to it in the audio bay," said Thibault. "Then we were all eye rolls, and just 'kill me now.' The whole damn mix is a miracle and it's solely because of the team at AlphaDogs." One of the bigger hurdles was recreating work that had already been done by Thibault in Avid, which proved to be very intricate and required extensive amounts of time to translate into Pro Tools. "Due to some of the limitations between Avid's Media Composer and Pro Tools, we had to work together on many different elements to make sure the translation worked once everything was in place," said Fritsch. Another challenge was the amount of ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement)
Thibault hopes audiences will not only enjoy the film, but that it will also be thought provoking. "When I think of the best movies I've ever seen, they were always followed by a great conversation afterwards,"
Thibault was extremely pleased with the final delivery of his first film. "The whole team at AlphaDogs, in every department, really came through, over and over. They were able to take our modest picture and track, and make it the best it was ever going to look and sound, and in some cases, even better. I would use them again without question. Despite Clocking The T being an independent film with a limited budget, they treated us, and our film, with respect. They cared about the project as much as we did."
Clocking The T will screen at various film festivals in 2018. For more information and to explore the journey of a first-time filmmaker visit http://www.clockingthet.com/
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About AlphaDogs: Founded in 2002, AlphaDogs is an independently owned full service post-production facility located in the center of Burbank's media district. AlphaDogs gifted team brings a combination of both creative talent and technical expertise paying extra attention to detail in delivering projects with a personal touch. State of the art editing bays, color correction, audio mixing, visual effects, production offices and equipment rentals are available. To learn more http://www.alphadogs.tv
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