This May I visited the IB Film Classes at Saint Edward's High School for a 3-day workshop in recording drums. The students were studying Birdman and had created one-shot films of their own. To supplement their movies and as a nod to Birdman's musical score, their teacher--Nick Kuhar, who happens to be my fiancé--improvised on the drum set while we recorded. The students learned about microphone types, placement techniques, setting levels, and recording audio tracks in ProTools. Then, I took each of the classes' recordings and mixed them at home. The students will use the mixed drum tracks as a custom soundtrack to their short films.
The whole workshop was a ton of fun. We started in Mr. Kuhar's classroom where we talked about microphones and some problems that can arise when they are poorly placed. The students practiced by placing microphones on a snare drum and we listened to the recordings. The next day was spent in the gymnasium, where we set up a full drum kit and did some practice recordings. Finally, on the third day, we recorded several takes where Mr. Kuhar free-composed while watching the individual movies. He threw accented beats when there were funny jokes, played more fills during the walking scenes, and changed dynamics based on what was happening on the screen.
Hilary Bovay, who is a fantastic Cleveland photographer and friend of mine, captured the sessions as the students participated. Here are some of her dynamic photographs.
Have you used technology to create promotional material for your project?