Back in October of 2007, for my birthday, Rob gifted me "Rebel without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez. I flew through the pages in no time, amazed by the story Mr. Rodriguez had. Inspired I set out to make a film of my own, with a cast and crew of just one- me. The Idea was to write, direct, shoot, star, and edit all by myself.
I started with the script, which was based on a split-screen camera test I had considered earlier that year. Writing didn't take long at
all, maybe an hour, so armed with a coffee buzz and a script of 3-4 pages I headed down to the BATCAVE to begin shooting.
I had some logistics to consider, seeing as how I would play not one, but three different variations of the same character; all shot
seperately on the same set. I decided to record myself reading the entire script, all characters mind you, and play it back during
shooting so that each character variation had timing, and dialogue to react to. This worked very well, and I had minimal takes for each
character. My worry was whether or not the split screen effect would be convincing to an audience. I was in for a shock...
Editing... This step is ultimately where one finds out just how useful his/her footage really is. The footage looked great, and cut/composited together really well. The audio however... Well the audio was absolute garbage. To my horror, the pre-recorded playback for me to react to was up to high in it's volume, so when each character spoke, he was heard TWICE in the cut. Not wanting to reshoot, I decided now was as good a time as any to get some experience with ADR, or Additional Dialogue Recording. So after I tightened the video edit, I moved the project from Final Cut, to Soundtrack and performed the lines AGAIN. This was actually easier than expected as by now I had pretty much memorized all of the lines, inflections, and timing.
I knew it was to be quite the endevor, but really didn't anticipate the hard work that would go into such a short project. But the hard work, and 20 hours in the BATCAVE proved gratifying, so much that two years later I'm still extremely proud of "Malartú".