NORMAN takes home 2 awards at it's very first SciFi Film Festival in Sydney Australia! Best Director (Feature) and Best Actor Stephen Birge (Feature).
After 7 long years, NORMAN is finally finished!
I have tried to capture along the years, the process of making this film, and I wanted the same for the premiere of NORMAN. I had my friend record day of the premiere for everyone to join in on the fun. We are so excited to finally be finished with the film, and are ready and already moving onto the sales and distribution phase of the project.
Norman is coming along well, and we expect to have the first half of foley finished in the next two weeks, with the second half early to mid November. Things have been a bit stressful for myself and my brother lately, having to do a bunch of extra free lance jobs, and balancing work, family, and life on top of finding time to keep chugging along with Norman.
One of the most complex things to create for this film, was the character of ANI. Because she is a combination of visual effects, practical effects and voice overs, her character was extremely hard to make work on screen because of the low budget and time in between working on the shots.
I try to deconstruct what it takes to create ANI on screen that looks interesting, and is a character that hopefully is fun to watch and get to know more about.
Jonah previews another scene he is working on, that involves a more bare bones, scrapped together time machine that Norman made. This version, we wanted the sounds to be more raw without as many effects added to it, so we recorded a lot of live elements to mix into the final scene.
In Week 3 of 8 so far, Jonah talks about choosing the right sound for Norman's mini time machine and making sure it sounds like it's actually coming from the device by using various audio effects.
In week 2 of 8 so far, Jonah talks about panning each sound element for every scene and adjusting audio levels for scene changes and cuts.
Week 1 of 8 of sound design. Jonah talks about creating the time machine sounds and organization.
I am so excited to let everyone know that after months of planning, saving up money, and planning out a schedule, my brother is able to start this final stretch of sound design and mixing for Norman. We fleshed out a workable schedule for him to stay on track for roughly 8 weeks worth of work. He starts today, and will be working on a four day a week schedule, back to back as much as possible, till the picture is complete.
Why am I so excited about this? My brother does all sorts of freelance work for his income, so because of that, it's hard to find a nice chunk of time for him to commit to only working on Norman. My brother wants to make the audio the best he possibly can, but it can be super hard when he has other freelance work that comes in that he has to take to put food on the table for his family.
So, for the past several months, we have worked up a schedule to clear some of his plate to allow some solid uninterrupted time to work on Norman and to once and for all finish out this last part of the project.
We are going to try and record a short video with updates weekly, as sound design is being done. I wish him well as he begins an extremely tedious part of the project, and thank you all again very much for all the support and patience as this project continues towards the finish line.