AlphaDogs Movie Night Interrupted by Mysterious Stranger | July 9, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Burbank, CA—We’ve all heard the cliché “fix it in post” while working on a project, but what often is not given enough thought is who will fix it in post? Choosing the right post-production facility to finish your project is something every independent filmmaker should take into careful consideration before production even begins. Finding a trusted partner who can work with you from concept to finish and has a genuine interest in making sure your project looks and sounds its absolute best is key to getting your work noticed. Post is no longer “just post” and in today’s world not all post-production facilities are the same when it comes to the level of service offered to indie filmmakers.
When planning the post-production phase for her film Movie Night, Anne McCarthy looked no further than Burbank-based AlphaDogs, having worked with them previously. “I now use AlphaDogs exclusively after they were able to fix a problem I had on a past project in just 24 hours. I knew my film would be in good hands and would not have risked taking it anywhere else.” said McCarthy.
Movie Night is a horror film with a comedic twist about a group of friends who get together to watch a movie at home, when suddenly a mysterious stranger shows up. To add to the story’s spine-chilling feel, AlphaDogs VP of Design Sean Williams helped McCarthy realize several visual effects. "It was refreshing to work with a client who wanted to meet and discuss visual effects before shooting. Many indie filmmakers wait until the project is in the can before talking to an effects artist. Our discussion helped Anne figure out what she could do on-set to expedite a dramatic visual moment that would be created in post, while saving time and money in the process. I wish more filmmakers were like Anne, willing to reach out to a project's end-stage partners and bring their insights to the table earlier in the process."
McCarthy comments. “I was thrilled with the results. The shots look beautiful and very organic. This was my first foray into the VFX process and Sean took extra time to work with me one-on-one to help me achieve what I envisioned for the film.”
AlphaDogs Audio Engineer Curtis Fritsch addressed specific challenges with the film’s audio that McCarthy didn’t believe could be fixed in post that included an audio echo removal and a noisy outdoor AC unit that rattled over the actor’s dialogue. “I didn’t think it was possible to fix the problems with the audio.” said McCarthy. “I was impressed that Curtis fixed both problems in less than 30 minutes.”
Working in a collaborative environment, AlphaDogs consults closely with clients going beyond the services of a typical post-house by offering an education on the post-production process itself. President & CEO Terence Curren explains, “We believe in teaching the client how and why things are done. We see them as important part of our team and include them in both the creative and technical aspects that go into completing the finish on a project. We believe it’s important to take the fear out of post and make the experience an enjoyable one. Clients walk away with skills to plan more effectively for future productions thus making workflows easier and more cost efficient.”
McCarthy comments, “Working with AlphaDogs helped me build my knowledge base, and what can be done in post-production to make everything look and sound great. It pushes me further as a director. I like that.”
Movie Night is written, directed and produced by Actress Anne McCarthy. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movie-Night/633591450055878
About Anne McCarthy: Anne began her filmmaking career after the launch of her YouTube Channel The Weekly Sketch. It’s here where McCarthy started writing comedy sketches for her own acting career which then lead to writing, directing and acting in her own films. Movie Night is McCarthy’s third short film to date. She has completed a total of 14 comedy sketches and three short films since November of 2012.
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 visit www.alphadogs.tv