April 17, 2014
This week we are offering these jobs to our students:
Aaron Patrick’s Hollywood pitch is a TOUCHDOWN!
Sideline is the story of a high school football player who struggles with his Antisocial Personality Disorder while trying to maintain his performance on the field, as well as a new romantic relationship.
Patrick met with Evan Astrowsky to discuss his film on Tuesday afternoon at Los Angeles Center Studios. Patrick went in well-prepared with a script in hand, just in case. Throughout the one hour pitch, Evan gave Patrick his thoughts and opinions on where he feels the tone of the script is headed, and in which market(s) a drama script like his would be best suited. Patrick compares “Sidelined” to films such as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Friday Night Lights, and Rebel Without a Cause. Patrick and Evan both agreed that this script would work well as a darkly themed, low-budget indie drama.
Evan was so responsive to Patrick’s first pitch that he called him back in for a second round to pitch his other ideas. The result? Patrick walked away from the meeting empty handed… Because Mr. Astrowsky decided to keep a copy of the script for further advancement! Way to go Patrick!
Making sound waves in Hollywood!
Over the years we have worked hard to break people into the recording, radio and film businesses and the world is finally listening and calling us to join the mission. Can you guess who we talked with over a two hour lunch recently?
We reveal who our new best friend is later this month. If you’d like to guess, please sign up here. Guess right, and you could win a brand new Abelton Live or Pro Tools software package in the box! Entry must be received by 5/4/2014 - Good luck!
Contest rules: Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen in drawing from all correct entries. The complete list of rules for this contest is available on the contest sign up page.
Q&A with Recording Connection mentor Warren Huart at Spitfire Studio, Los Angeles (Part I)
PREFACE: The hands-on learning module:
"He was a huge mixer at the time (and still is). So we’re in Olympic studios, which sadly is now gone, and he’s mixing in there and I’m hanging out. I turn around, I look at the rack, and I notice that Steve Fitzmaurice has ALL DigiDesign 8A8’s! He doesn’t have Apogees. I’m kinda shocked, I’m like, WOW, this guy is a Grammy award winning artist and he’s got 8A8 and he’s not using Apogees! What is wrong with the world?! So I tell him, that in America I’ve heard these things are terrible and shouldn’t be used, [they tell me] I should be using Apogees, and blah blah blah, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s the difference between England and America. In America they do it right, in England we just do it so it sounds good.’ That’s a mentality I really got a lot of when I first moved here, and I get that a lot from the students who go to expensive schools. They always know how to do everything, but it doesn’t necessarily sound good."
“It’s tough. I really do prefer the real world experience because that’s the only way you can make it work. You need to LOVE what you do, you need to LOVE music, and you need to be able to ask yourself, ‘How do I get from A to B?’ That you can’t learn from a textbook, or a professor who unfortunately never really worked in the music industry. The guys that work for me now, they know the right way to do things. It’s important to know everything (as much as you can).”
What was the approximate cost of making a demo 20-30 years ago compared to now?
“Demos were pretty basic, maybe drums and a couple of mics on them. When I started studios in England I didn’t want to do demos, I wanted to do real recordings. In the days of tapes it would have cost you over a million dollars to open a recording studio. It’s not like that anymore, thank God.”
Have you ever been star struck?
“Being a musician, I would always be enamored more by great musicians – not necessarily musicians or players in really successful bands.
“In general, it was those kinds of people [as far as “the stars” are concerned]. When you’re in England as a kid living in a village like I did, a guy like Dick Wagner WAS a huge rock star. What I am trying to say is, I am a big fan of doers and workers, that kind of thing, more than being famous.”
How much would it cost for someone just starting out to open up a studio similar to Spitfire (Warren’s home studio)?
“Not very much at all; all of us started in our bedrooms. Well, that’s not true exactly. The reason why I really like the idea of this program [Recording Connection] is because it is actually what I do! And what I did. I didn’t go to a studio and become an assistant. I was a musician and I had recording equipment. I just didn’t have any formal training.”
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HollyShorts Film Festival Showcase! ANYWEHRE, USA
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Recording Connection is on the air in Topeka!
Be a Hero at the Film Connection!
Brandon Lambert has been shooting commercials with his mentor! The most recent commercial was shot at Ski Bradford where they used GoPros on snowboards to get real, live-action footage. In addition, they’ve also shot a few car commercials this year.
Remote Access to jobs and opportunities!
Recording Connection student Jin Huang from China has a new song: “Once”
Blue Hamilton from Phoenix, AZ, apprentice at TallCat Studios with Ben Franklin; Check out his single “Runway” (2011)
“I finished my first unofficial editing project this weekend. I put together a short video of my Godson’s first birthday party. I created something similar for my nieces a few years ago and the difference in the speed of my work on the two projects is substantial. I have been trying out the different settings over the weekend so I can figure out what works the best for me. I am looking forward to starting week three.”
- Victoria Bever, Santa Barbara, CA, Film Connection apprentice
“The Chapter is laid out very well. Good job for the school [it’s] the best I have seen for online books. Having my own studio for about a year I hope that what I have learned on my own is the right stuff, if not, I will learn the right way I’m sure. It’s a long road ahead and I’m ready!”
- Roosevelt Davis, Southfield, MI, Recording Connection apprentice
- Coke Youngblood Jr., Los Angeles, CA, Recording Connection apprentice