I watched version 0.3 of “The Barrier” twice this week. The first time to get a sense of how it looked. The second time I made notes about changes I want to make for version 0.4.
I went through my notes and planned out what I had to do. I identified changes in 27 scenes. There are a total of 60 scenes in the movie, so nearly half need changes. Most of the changes are minor, and if I hadn’t been so eager to move on with version 0.3, I would have caught and fixed most of them already.
I set up the Premiere Pro project files for all of the scenes I want to change, but I only started to work on one so far.
In some scenes I sped up the movie to have the characters walk faster. A couple times I had used the speed control to do the speed up. In others I cut out individual frames to have the same effect. Cutting the individual frames produces a much better look, but takes a long time. I plan to do the frame cutting despite the extra effort.
Another problem I want to fix is the background noise for the office scenes. In most scenes it is too loud. Some sounds in particular are much louder than the rest. I want to fix that.
I’d created my own office noise file from various sounds I had. It runs 3 minutes, which I think was too short now, because the same noises are repeated too often. I plan to extend it to 6 minutes, or maybe longer.
When I did the first version, I used some of my own voice along with lines from the characters in the movie. In version 0.3, I replaced some of the character voices with voices I had recorded for my other films. For version 0.4 I want to do more of that, so I have a greater variety of voices. I want it to seem like there is more than 2 or 3 people in the office. I got permission from everyone except my brother and niece. Since they are family, I didn’t think they’d object.
I started to think about promotion of the movie. I’m not sure that many people will want to watch a movie about transportation planning. I’ll need to find a way to briefly explain the movie so that people will give it a try. Since it is still a work in progress I think I’ll use the approach that I need their help. I will want some feed back before I move onto a final version of the movie.