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Congratulations!  Your show idea has been selected to air a pilot, but first you must submit the Theme Music and record a voice over of one scene.  You can use either GarageBand or Reason to create the theme music for your show and use GarageBand with the built in microphone on your computer to record your voice over.  You can work alone or in a group of 2 or 3.  Both your theme song and voice over should be between 1 and 2 minutes in length.

Traditional sitcoms have been struggling to maintain their audiences, which are increasingly turning to reality TV.  Suppose you’ve been asked to revitalize the sitcom industry by creating a new, original show.  Write two paragraphs about your show, explaining what it’s about, where it will be set and what kind of actors it will star.

Define the following terms:

1) Voice-over
2) Phase
3) Polarity
4) Three-to-one rule
5) Perspective miking
6) Narrative sound
7) PL system
8) SA system
9) IFB system
10) Stereo

Go to the website below and answer the following questions in a comment…

1.List four companies that have hired this Voice Over artist.

2.List 5 different types of media or projects that can use a voice over.

3.What is the “narrations demo audio clip” about?

4. What is the name of the voice over artist?

5. What are the prices for the voice over work?

6. What is the cost for a quote?

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Sometimes you can learn important things about the universe by listening to your own feelings. Song lyrics are often a great stimulus for thinking in a different way. Select three of the lyric fragments below, and write a paragraph for each of them. Can you explain what they make you think of?  You can also choose your own song lyrics.

1) Madonna (Nothing Really Matters) “Nothing takes the past away like the future. Nothing makes the darkness go, like the light”

2) Moody Blues (Out and In) ‘Gazing past the planets. Searching for Total View. I’ve been lying here for hours. You got to take a journey out and in…’

3) Vanessa Carlton (A Thousand Miles) “If I could fall into the sky, do you think time would pass me by?”

4) Train (Drops of Jupiter) Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet. Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day…and head back toward the Milky Way”

5) Elton John (Rocket Man) “I miss the earth so much I miss my wife. It’s lonely out in space. On such a timeless flight…”

6) Rolling Stones (2000 Light Years From Home) “Sun turnin’ ’round with graceful motion. We’re setting off with soft explosion. Bound for a star with fiery oceans. It’s so very lonely, you’re a hundred light years from home

7) David Bowie (Major Tom) “For here…Am I sitting in a tin can. Far above the world. Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do”

8) Pearl Jam (Light Years) “We were but stones. Your light made of stars. With heavy breath awakened regrets. Back pages and days that could have been spent together but we were miles apart. Every inch between us becomes light years now.

9) The Police (Synchronicity I) “A connecting principle. Linked to the invisible. Almost imperceptible. Something inexpressible. Science insusceptible.”

10) Smash Mouth (Walking on the Sun) “So don’t delay.. act now supplies are running out Allow if you’re still alive… six to eight years to arrive. And if you swallow there may be a tomorrow. But if the offer’s shunned you might as well be walkin’ on the sun.”

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1. The production recordist’s main goal is to: (p. 212)
a. make sure the logistics of the audio personnel are coordinated with those of the picture personnel
b. do a complete site survey for sound
c. coordinate all audio equipment and personnel on the set
d. record dialogue that is clear, intelligible, and as noise-free as possible

2. The recommended way to create perspective in radio dramatizations using the single-microphone technique is to: (p. 212)
a. move the microphone in relation to the performer’s movements
b. position the performers around the microphone and have them create perspective
by positioning themselves at appropriate distances
c. use the X-Y microphone array
d. use a multidirectional microphone on a boom mount

3. Stereo requires two discrete signals: (p. 214)
a. one channel is added (A+B) to another channel (A+B)
b. one channel is subtracted (A+B) and the other channel is summed (A-B)
c. the two discrete signals are summed in mono and subtracted in stereo
d. one channel is summed (A+B) and the other channel is subtracted (A-B)

4. The coincident microphone array: (p. 214)
a. positions two microphones horizontally on the same plane angled a few inches apart
b. positions two spaced microphones a few feet apart
c. positions two microphones in virtually the same space with their diaphragms located vertically on the same axis
d. positions an X-Y microphone array a few to several inches apart

5. One of the following is not a consideration when using the boom mic: (p. 216)
a. pickup of clothes rustle from the types of fabrics and costumes worn by the
b. boom shadow falling across the set
c. positioning the boom at mic-to-source distances relative to the fields of view of the
d. making sure the boom can move freely in the set

6. In staged productions, which microphone mount produces the most realistic spatial perspective? (p. 216)
a. boom
b. body-mounted wireless mic
c. plant mic
d. handheld mic

7. One of the following is not true about the tripod (giraffe) boom: (p. 217)
a. it is lightweight
b. it is subject to shock and vibration
c. its boom arm reach is similar to that of the fishpole boom in that it can be telescoped easily
d. to change mic-to-source distance during shooting, the entire tripod has to be rolled in or rolled out

8. Most actors prefer automated dialogue replacement to production recording because: (p. 234)
a. it gives them the opportunity to refine their performance
b. being in an ADR studio is less hectic than being on the set
c. it is less tedious
d. none of the above

9. Compared to proximity-prone lavaliers, transparent lavaliers: (p. 224)
a. have a more open and natural sound
b. tend to add presence to close dialogue
c. reject background sound
d. are directional

10. Which of the following is not an influence of nonverbal speech on meaning?
a. Accent
b. Pace
c. Inflection
d. movement

11. A plant microphone is also referred to as a: (p. 226)
a. desk mic
b. set mic
c. fill mic
d. fixed mic

12. ADR is not often used in dialogue production (p.234)
a. true
b. false

13. Noise reduction is important during each stage of the production process, even if it means bringing noise reducers on-location. (p. 232)
a. true
b. false

1. What type of music is featured in the video clip?
2. Where did this type of music originate?
3. Name 3 DJ’s or exerts that are interviewed.
4. What genre of music did House music take from?
5. Name one of the clubs mentioned in the video.
6. What is being yelled at the baseball field?

December 2012

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  • DJ Premier Explains Iconic Gangstarr Logo
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