The anticipation, it builds.
It's coming along. It's taken on a life of its own and it's got inertia.
A production log of Chris Boyer's stop motion short, The Vampire from Beyond the Crypt
For those of you who are interested I’ll tell you a bit about our setup. In my computer I have 1/4 inch input and output on my soundcard, much better then 1/8 inch cords. Now we take a high quality shielded 1/4 inch cord and send it from a sound board into my computer. Two microphones are connected to the board and we just add a touch of a vintage feel to the sound. It really adds a rich quality to the sound. Over the mics we draped a frilly table cloth and a batman mask to filter out the pop and they worked quite well. I did not want the mics to pick up the hum of my computer so the mics were positioned going one direction from the board and the computer going another, we then put a piece of foam board between them for safety. The audio quality we got was outstanding, or at least I though so.
After the previous voice session that we had had last year I was having second thoughts on the actor who was doing the hunters part, however while we were recording a dialogue between his character and the vampire he’s voice gained a new gravelly quality that he had never used before and it was just the rugged edge I wanted in the voice. This of course meant redoing all his parts but the sound was wonderful. However when he was acting against Emily’s damsel in distress he lost the quality and was having difficulty getting it back, then Ben the sound guy said, “Think of miniguns Brian!” And it worked, he got his voice right back and I was very pleased with the final outcome.
I also managed to get two hours of the voice acting on video so that may appear as a special feature in the distant future.