This past week I put the final touches on the Shooting Script, with input from my MA supervisors, Dr. John Walsh and Dr. James Miller. I also finished lining up the voice actors and narrator, and scheduling or confirming their recording times.
I’ve got a copy of the script printed, and it is set up so that no one will have to turn a page during the recording. And I’ve high-lighted the passages for each part in different colours so that nothing gets forgotten and all the parts are easy to find. I think I might be over-thinking this a bit, but I don’t want to miss any part of the recording. There are lots of people involved in this and I don’t want to make any mistakes because I’m nervous or distracted. I only get one shot at each recording session.
I’ve devoted a lot of my time this week, though, to getting started on the Reflective Essay. I’ve been pulling together my thoughts and trying to organize them in a cohesive manner. As well, I’ve been tracking down sources and doing a bit more reading. I think that I want to divide my discussion into two parts: first, some of the more challenging aspects of the historical research, and second, a reflection on the making of the film. I plan to address both of these discussions from my own point of view, but also in the context of the secondary theoretical literature.
This coming weekend I need to get my Consent Forms organized for my narrator and each of my voice actors. And on Monday, I have my first day in the edit suites and my first recording session. I’ve made arrangements with Hasi Eldib, in the Media Production Centre, to help me do a test run on the recording equipment, so that I will know what I’m doing when my narrator arrives. I don’t want to waste his time, since he’s a busy guy and he’s doing this as a favour.