Archive for April, 2010

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“Slate” screened at MoMA & Lincoln Center.

April 27, 2010

“Slate” is the title of a short film I did the sound design for some time ago.  It was officially finalized this year, I think (low budget projects sometimes take a looong time to finish).  The thing is that it was selected to be screened in early April during the “New Directors/New Films Festival 2010” at MoMa and Lincoln Center in New York City.  It was an honor to sit at that theater (I went to the MoMA screening) and listen to my work in such an important place.

Written and directed by Carmen Vidal, Slate is a short story about a film editor that starts to become strangely attracted to the material he’s editing.

Carmen won a “Student Academy Award” (yes, an Oscar!) in 2006, for her short film “6 AM“.

She approached me a couple of years ago with this project.  We had a few friends in common and she had seen some of my theater work as well.  As a sound designer I was immediately interested in her film.  The lead character would never speak, we would only hear sounds from the studio he’s working at and from the footage that he is editing.  It felt like a wonderful challenge.  How can one describe, with sound, the emotional content of a scene with a silent man working in an apparently silent room?

Using and rearranging sounds that were basically part of the ‘background noise’, I managed to contribute to the storytelling.  For an audience who’s simply paying attention to the film as a whole, these sound elements might even pass completely unnoticed, but unconsciously they contribute an important emotional charge to certain moments in the film.  Like the stylist’s work during a photo shoot, where most of the credit goes to the model or the photographer, the sound designer’s work is sometimes meant to be invisible, since the whole point is to help bring attention to the main character or the story, not to what we’re adding to it.

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New York Times Review for “Diary”

April 5, 2010

Hi, I wanted to share some great news. Our show “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” received last week a great review in the New York Times.  For those of you outside the NY theater scene, let me tell you, this a big deal for a NYC theater production.

A view of the finished set

If your show is not a big budget production, it’s hard enough getting their critics to come see it.  There are literally hundreds of shows and events happening in New York City at any given time.  It’s impossible for anyone to cover them all.  And then, once they do come, it’s a really big deal to get a good review from them.  I actually don’t like that their opinion has so much power.  It’s not fair that one person’s comment can make or break a show, but that’s the way things go in this town.  I guess we always need some kind of yardstick to measure things up against.  And of course, it feels wonderful when the fruit of your work ends up on the positive side of that comparison.

Here’s the link to the NYTimes review.
http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/theater/reviews/01teenage.html

And here are some other great reviews we’ve gotten in the last few days:

http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-off-off-broadway/the-diary-of-a-teenage-girl-1004079223.story

http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-why-you-need-to-know-about-the-diary-of-a-teenage-girl/

http://culturebot.org/2010/03/28/diary-of-a-teenage-girl-at-3ld/

The show runs until the end of April 2010.  Hope you can come see it.  Tickets at:

www.thediaryofateenagegirl.com