“Hark! The heart beats in the clock.
The time is come for Tickentock.”
A trailer for a lost silent movie, an ancient folktale and two couples foolish enough to recreate the past.
We have a superb cast in Kymm Zuckert, Marleigh Norton, Pete Milan and Dave Morgan. I am currently going through and choosing the best takes to fit together to make it sound as if the actors are having natural conversations with one another. The actors usually do three or four takes of each line, so there are a lot of possibilities.
After this part, I'll pan the lines to give the impression that the actors are speaking and moving within a 3-dimensional space. Next step is to insert sound effects and, finally, music.
It's an odd feeling, mixing actors' lines of your script. Sometimes they will have an unexpected take on the emotion or pace of a line, and that can take it in a slightly different direction. This is the time-consuming, yet the most magical part of writing for audio; hearing your script come alive and metamorphose from something to be read into something to be listened to. There are always steps involved, stages where you can despair that it sounds so rough and unlike the final production you're aiming at. But as each element comes together, there is nothing else quite like the process.
Der Tickentocker will be released in time for Halloween at Cooperantem Audio and on iTunes.