Izen Ears

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About Izen Ears

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  • Birthday 05/25/1972

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    New Orleans, LA
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    I love non-capey comics, experimental noise music, and horror movies. And I once played guitar in an instrumental surf band in Boston, we rocked.
  1. Awesome!!! I'm totally gonna watch this. Thanks for the link!
  2. Wow. It's real. Damn it! I've never seen any of those movies. They don't sound like movies where actors mumble, more like how non-actors can't project. The article calls it natural. Bah!
  3. - rant on - Are we going for reality, or are we trying to tell a story? Mumbling in film, as in life, makes it hard to hear words. Mumblecore is utterly and indefensibly ridiculous. A genre driven by dialog that you can't hear. I hate actors who mumble and think it's all dramatic. Yes, I hate them. I don't care how nice they are, if they mumble and I have to record them, I hate them. When I watch something and the actors mumble, I hate them too. If Mumbling were a country I'd want to invade it and erase its entire cultural history. Mumbling is only appropriate if the speaker is insecure about it, or wants you to not hear then. - rant off - Dan Izen
  4. I found that hilarious too. But damn. Ghost cities!
  5. John B... my hero!
  6. Mirror has actually provided some help too. In the production world, there are people you will encounter who's egos are so swollen they truly believe the world revolves around them. They have a sense of entitlement that is laughable. Production not only attracts these types, it often rewards them. Mirror does a really great job representing this type of douche, and is a fantastic resource for building up thick skin. If you don't have a thick skin you'll just be miserable. I should know, because I have very thin skin! In fact my friend, after all the technical and networking crap you do to become a Professional Sound Person, this will be your biggest challenge: dealing with crazy douches who control your cash flow. At least that's been true for me and every other soundie I know personally. And, amazingly, this is the ONLY area where being a soundie can actually help your Real Life Skills! In other words, if you can learn to negotiate with irrational people in production, you will have a better life outside in the real world. Dan Izen
  7. Yes thanks I have that and it works, but it needs another adaptor to work with USBC connector, and also I don't wanna have to keep unplugging stuff. That OWC thing would literally be everything I could possibly use, including ethernet! I should get one.
  8. Hey Mista Alan - how'd it go? Got an update for us?
  9. This thing is supercool, except that it doesn't have FW800... Damn! Gotta try that OWC thingee.
  10. Yeah I posted uninformed (as usual!). I read an article that talked about how the real benefit to thunderbolt 3 is the ability to have lots of stuff going through one adaptor, since no hard drives are that fast. So, instead of one 40mb/ hard drive (that does not currently exist), you can run multiple usb3 drives at 10mb/s as well as plenty of other crap. So I'm just gonna spring for a usb3 HD, whenever I find the time to research that crap. Dan Izen
  11. Ah! Thank you Mista Sharman, and also Mista Davies! (Here in NOLA "Mista" + first name is the proper term of respect!) We are in complete agreement about quieting the set not being our department, but now there's that grey area of the bell & lights. Their sole purpose is for production, but I guess sound dept. inherited the duty? Similar to props and the chairs? Oh well, I guess I'll run it then...
  12. Okay, so "traditionally" it is supposed to be us? Darn.
  13. Sorry but being aloof has negative connotations, it's what people who "stand on the sidelines" do, or that girl that won't talk to you does. I think you may just mean "calm and professional." And BOY has it taken a long time for me to learn that shit! But it's so much better. Poster above is so dead on when he says if he lost his cool, he's already failed. Of course sometimes you do have to freak out, but hopefully not more than once per show ha ha! (For the record I've been on this NCIS gig for 1.7 seasons and I have not freaked out yet. Maybe I've matured!? Nah...)
  14. Johnny is a gentleman with a kind heart, and I can't see him disregarding your gear. I only worked with him once for about five weeks on a non-jackass movie. I cannot speak for his pals tho!
  15. Hello esteemed fellow sound peeps, I have a question about tradition. That question is: Who's supposed to ring the bell? Just like how it's supposed to be the key PA who quiets the set, yet nowadays it's us who have to work with locations - is this another thing production is supposed to deal with? The mentality is that I show up to record sound, and nowhere in my job description is quieting the set, so it would seem ringing the bell would be a courtesy, a favor, and not actually part of the job. I feel like I asked this same question years ago so if that's true, apologies! Dan Izen