The latest one is called "It's the Great Server Chuck and Kreg" and it was posted on 10/24/07. It is family safe and only about 12 minutes long.
This year I volunteered to be part of the post production and helped with the mix down of scenes into the final version with Kevin Devin.
I learned some great lessons:
- Work with the best people possible. The FIT team is giving, helpful, encouraging, insightful, and very talented. It makes the project very enjoyable and you'll have fun doing it.
- I did all my editing of my parts (the outside scenes) in Audacity. I didn't have any major problems or issues other than at times the scenes mix downs were very complicated with 24+ individual segments. I ended up in situations like this to do 3 intermediate mixes with each one having ~8 individual segments.
- Having a vast special effects (SFX) library of audio is very helpful. Using sites like freesound is good, but some of the royalty free material other FIT members had was very impressive.
- When recording lines in a remote situation take at least three takes for each line.
- It really helps if you can do your remote lines recording with another person saying the other lines around your lines.
- Use a wiki to develop the first drafts of the script, but then migrate to a script writing tool for final production.
- Scripts file names and titles within the document should have version numbers or clear dates on them so you know what you have is the most current one.
- Tools like BIAS SoundSoap2 for cleaning up audio are pretty important if someone makes their recordings in a noisy environment.
- All the spoken word parts of a production should be processed with the same RMS settings. We also ended up running them in bulk through The Conversations Network's Levelator.
- Using MP2 files for distribution during post production is very efficient and doesn't diminish quality.