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Monday, June 30, 2008

Who knew a 6 minute film could be well over 70Gigs?

The folks at The Post Group in Los Angeles have managed to transfer our 16MM color negative to DPX 10 Bit Uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB files. I should say GIGANTIC DPX 10 Bit Uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB files that weigh in at over 190 Gigs for 15 minutes. I've hardly had a chance to view the data as few consumer computers can even open these bohemoths. From the frames I've seen though, they look truly beautiful.
Now the files are heading off to our colorist Page Frakes. Let him work his magic.

The negative came back positive.

I'm both happy and relieved to announce that our 5 rolls of film, a little over 500 feet, have been successfully processed. No dirty baths, careless lab assistants, rips, tears, smudges, burning, lashing, or evil ghosts managed to corrupt our negative. FotoKem did a bang up job (with the exception of a careless prepping error.)

Now on to telecine...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rung Sound Team introduction: Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick is an Oakland based sound artist who works in both sculptural media and film. His main interest lies in exploring the physicality of sound through its referentiality to events and the following cognitive representations such as memory and emotion. Documentation of older sculptural work and sound collage exist at, however, there is no current online representation of his film work. As a film sound artist, Mike has designed several short films, most notably Gordo, a Latino Filmmaker Showcase Finalist which premiered on Showtime.

Rung Sound Team introduction: Eric Arvai

Eric Arvai, a native Chicagoan, began playing piano at age 5. He studied jazz theory and piano performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He went on to graduate from Ohio University with a B.S. in Visual Communications in Interactive Multimedia with a specialization in Electronic Music. While providing live improvised accompaniment for modern dance classes at Ohio University School of Dance, Eric met his lifetime friend and mentor, world-class concert pianist, Andre Gribou.

He went on to work for a Santa Cruz advertising agency, Full Support Advertising & Design, where he produced many projects in the bay area; most notably scripting, engineering, scoring and mastering a radio campaign for the American Cancer Society.

Currently, Eric is the Director of the Media, Sound & Visual Department at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. He can also be found teaching MIDI, Game Audio and Music Theory.

Eric contracts work as an Audio / Video Post-Production Engineer for Top Speed Productions, a company producing documentaries on off-road motorbike racing based in San Jose, CA. He most recently worked as an audio consultant on a documentary for NASA and scored a feature length documentary currently in international film festival rotation on American Sculptor David Hostetler entitled “Last Dance.”

He lives in Berkeley with his wife Jennifer and in his free time enjoys rock climbing, golf and his jazz trio. One day, long from now, his epitaph will read Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From The Remains Of A Destroyed Sinking Battleship.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Here's a link to my current resume: Jesse Brodkey

Monday, June 2, 2008

Principal photography is COMPLETE.

Chuck and I have finished the last shot for Rung.
Dare we strike the set?
Thus begins Chuck and Holly's packing frenzy as they make ready to leave in the next week for London.
Thus begins my heavy work on post production. I've already assembled the sound team and we've had our first and second meetings. I'll post the team's bios later this week.
I've also found someone to do titles. I'll post her bio this week as well.

We'd like to thank everyone who worked or helped or hindered or generally had anything to do with the film this far. I'll compile a 'thank you' list shortly.

Jesse and Chuck