10/5/2007

Vintage/Bloopers Delayed

Posted in From the Editors at 10:30 am by Sam

A tight schedule these past two weeks have meant I haven’t been able to get to the Vintage and Blooper posts much. I hope these will resume next week. In the meantime, anybody seen any good movies lately?


9/14/2007

All Movie Talk, Episode 1: Unspecial Edition

Posted in From the Editors at 10:39 am by Sam

Here’s a special bonus, in lieu of the usual weekend bloopers, in honor of our 50th episode. Before we started recording in earnest, we planned a slate of trial segments for a pilot episode, to see how the recording and editing processes would go. We didn’t know if we’d air them or not. Stephen was thinking we wouldn’t, but I didn’t want to waste all that effort. The problem was that the recording quality was pretty bad, and, worse, the way we recorded it was with both of us on a single audio track, which meant our voices couldn’t be edited independently of each other. We decided we’d air the episode but find a better means of recording ourselves for further shows — and the intro and closing for the pilot, in which we apologized for the audio quality.

But as we continued to record material, the poor audio quality of the pilot kept bothering us, and eventually we decided to rerecord all of the segments. So we did. We reused the intro and closing (except for the parts where we apologized for the sound), but the Episode 1 you know and love has rerecorded segments. We lost some of the spontaneity of the initial recording but gained sound quality.

Well here, for the first time, is the original pilot episode, our very first attempt at recording material for the podcast, and it’s interesting to see what’s changed over 50 episodes. I’ve gotten better at improvising content, I think, and better at sounding like I’m improvising when I’m actually reading.

Show contents, with start times:

  • Director Spotlight: Christopher Nolan (1:40)
  • Trivia Question: Franchise With Future Stars (15:56)
  • Industry Trend: Cliffhangers (17:17)
  • Top 6: Romantic Movies That Aren’t Sappy (29:25)
  • DVD Preview: October 2006 (43:54)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (54:53)

There are three big content differences between this pilot and the official Episode 1. One, Stephen’s Top 6 list is different. On rerecording the segment, he swapped out one of his original picks for a new one. Two, I made a joke during the Top 6 recap that I forgot to replicate the second time around. Three…yeah, what’s with those bumpers? For a long time, we weren’t sure what kind of sound we should use to separate segments from each other. Eventually, of course, we settled on just running the projector sound for a couple seconds, but originally it was a more laborious affair. I had some music composition software, and I don’t know a thing about music, but I thought it would be fun to throw some percussion sound effects around in a MIDI. I came up with a few different ones, set them to the projector sound, and asked Stephen what he thought. He didn’t like them, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t either. I liked playing around with it, but the end result didn’t really “fit.” So out the percussion went.

Anyway, here we are near the end of our podcast. We hope you enjoy this excursion back to its beginning.

 
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1/12/2007

Who Are You?

Posted in From the Editors at 7:30 am by Stephen

We’ve been doing the show for a few months now, and a lot of commenters are people I didn’t know personally before the show started, and it makes me curious about who some of you are. Since we do get such interesting discussion (I wish I had time to reply to more comments than I do) and we are developing a cool little community, I thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about each other. Consider this thread a place to share with all of us anything about yourself you think we’d find interesting.


12/25/2006

Merry Christmas, etc.

Posted in From the Editors at 11:15 am by Stephen

No posts of any substance today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with an episode like normal. Until then, Sam and I wish all our readers and listeners a very merry Christmas. If Christmas isn’t your thing, have a happy holiday of your chosing — heck, just in general have a very nice Dec. 25. Your continued patronage of our site and the podcast has been a great gift to us.


12/11/2006

Distinguishing Our Voices?

Posted in From the Editors at 11:35 am by Sam

One of the repeated comments we got in response to Episode 1 was that it was difficult at times to distinguish our voices from each other.  This was one of the reasons Episodes 2 and 3 were released in stereo, besides the usual mono.  The positional cue, I’m sure, make it much easier to tell us apart.  It proved too much of an extra time commitment to continue to release stereo versions, unfortunately, but my thought was always that our regular listeners would learn to distinguish us once they got used to listening to us.

Well now it’s been 10 episodes, and I’m curious to know if that’s true. Do any of you regular listeners still have trouble distinguishing our voices?


12/3/2006

Film Buff’s Dictionary Compilation

Posted in From the Editors at 3:10 am by Stephen

Just a quick note to let our readers know about a new feature: There’s a permanent Film Buff’s Dictionary page that will be updated each time we do another segment, so you can have a single point of reference for all the terms.


10/25/2006

A Shameless Plea For Help

Posted in From the Editors at 11:13 pm by Stephen

I’d like to start this shameless plea with a big thanks to all you loyal listeners out there, as both Sam and I have been thrilled with the positive response so far. One of the challenges in making a podcast is getting the word out there that we exist, and this is where we could use your help. Keep reading for some ways you can help get the word out, if you’re so inclined.

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10/5/2006

Subscribe To Us!

Posted in From the Editors at 9:27 am by Stephen

One of the great things about podcasts is that you can subscribe to them so that they download automatically. If you use iTunes, you can click this link to see our page at the iTunes Store (don’t worry, we’re a free download). If you use a different program to download podcasts, you can give it our RSS feed (right click that link, copy it, and then paste it into your downloader).

Doing this will let you automatically get our latest episodes each Tuesday. Of course, you can also feel free to come to our site each week and download the MP3 or just listen to it with our player.

If you have already subscribed by manually importing the feed into iTunes (i.e., not through the iTunes Store), we would like to request that you unsubscribe, then re-subscribe through iTunes Store. The reason is that iTunes ranks its podcasts based on the number of new subscriptions it gets through the iTunes Store, so if you do this, it will be a big help to us. Thanks!


10/3/2006

Welcome to All Movie Talk!

Posted in From the Editors at 1:21 am by Sam

If you’re here, you’re at the right place!

All Movie Talk is a fun weekly podcast that’s — intuitively enough — all about the movies. Your hosts, Stephen and Sam, will discuss movie-related topics each week and also present some humor from time to time. We’ll cover a wide range of subjects: interesting titles of the past and present, current movie trends, great directors, and also some goofier things we’ll let you discover for yourselves.