Here we are. The
final Trinitron Chronicles. I'm already G'd Up and the
set is ready to go. Wait, I'm ahead of
So this morning
I'm off to get my cornrows...for the
LAST FRIGGIN' TIME. It was cool the first
time, fun to revisit 2 years later, and now - let's
just be done with this already. So I get there
and it's now a service station. (sigh). I figured -
ahh there's bound to be another place that can do
Eight shops (I
swear to you I counted) and 2 1/2 hours later I
finally realized my ass was gonna have to drive to
South Central. There just wasn't any other choice. No
one in the valley did it. The bottom line is, unless
you're black - you don't do cornrows. As a last ditch
effort I called up Robert (the New G) and asked
if he knew anyone and luckily he did. The girl was off
that day but was willing to take me at her apartment.
Cost me a bit more, but man was it a lifesaver. She
did a helluva good job.
Anyway, we'll get
into all that fun in the next entry (probably
Monday)... this is about all the pre-production stuff
and as I mentioned in the last entry - I bought a
pre-amp. Not only did it allow me to make a fun Late
Show Song after all these years, it made the T3 audio
script a breeze. Have I ever explained how that all
worked? Well, might as well give it away for the last
The big secret to
the timing of 4tvs is the audio script. I do the
entire show audibly with all the characters and songs
on a big-ass 5 track timeline. Since I didn't
have a pre-amp before I would have to read the
entire thing into a microphone - then edit it
together. Now, I was able to do it directly onto the
tracks ala The Boyles in the 90s. Then, when I do each
character I MUTE the track for the character I'm
performing, and all the other ones stay in place.
After I finish the character, I input the
REAL audio and go from there. Doing that allows
some room for ad-libs in the first couple characters.
By Spencer however, there's no room to move 'cause
everyone else is set in stone.
That was a dry
The uniquity of
this audio script of course is - I'm not playing all
the characters. So it's gonna be quite a little
directing exercise to keep their timing right - but
luckily quite a bit of their interraction is with Live
Adam, so I can just adapt what I say live.
Very pumped for this challenge.
finished with all my soundchecks and
lighting - even turned my webcam on for a
bit of voyeuristic behind-the-scenes
action and put it at the end of
You'll notice that there's actually a
TV behind the curtains this time (of
course there's no full-out set again -
'cause, fuck that noise) which means even
more ridiculous post-production for me.
I swear, this might as well be a
short film with as much stuff as I've
crammed into this one...
...which may just
be where this is leading. I mentioned it a couple
months ago - but this latest script really drives that
point home. I want to do films. I want more
complicated plots than a stage show can allow. This
one is just all over the place. The audience goes back
and forth between "Meanwhiles" and although
I think it's gonna work really well... it's
screaming to be a short film.
As well, it is
clean. Don't know how I did it - but the whole
censor idea worked out pretty well and it keeps the
characters from seeming watered down. They are still
themselves at heart, Adam just... well I don't
want to give too much away.
Alright, gotta get
some sleep - I shoot tomorrow and Sunday with the G's
replacements. Expect Part 2 on Monday.