I had a major meltdown tonight at the Emerson audio suites. I booked a suite to record my voiceover parts, and when I got there to record, ALL YOU COULD HEAR is the freaking air conditioner. I ask them if we can turn it off. No. If there is a suite in which you hear it less. No. Can I check out an AKG 414 and 722 and record at home? No. Is there another mic that I CAN take home that will work decently? No. Etc. Etc. Finally, in complete frustration, I just completely start bawling and starting with (seriously, as embarrassing as it is to admit) "NO ONE IS WILLING TO HELP ME!!!!!!!" drama. That's finally what did it. After an hour of everyone shifting me to someone else to solve the issue (seriously? the recording booths don't have proper recording conditions?), I am set up in a classroom. I haven't edited my voiceover yet (so I don't know if they're a completely clean recording), but from the titch that I did hear while monitoring... I think it turned out well. Somewhat sad that I had to freak out for this all to come together, but you know. After said major meltdown, my feelings on my project are still a bit tender.
Enter the loving grace of John Gianvito.
I checked my email again (at the "only 16 days until I have to turn this sucker in" point, I should be ignoring my email, but you know), and this is what awaited me:
I wanted to let you know I have listened to your rough edit and even in this long unmixed form I found myself genuinely moved many times over. I have a variety of small comments that would be easiest delivered in person than via email. Wondered if you had time to drop by on Wednesday at either 1:30 or 2:30pm? If not we'll figure out another time. I do think you have a very strong in the making. John
I'll be going by his office on my lunch break on Wednesday. I'll have my second rough cut done by then if it kills me (which it might).