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Behind the Scenes of 'The Work and the Glory'

Behind the Scenes of 'The Work and the Glory'

Posted - Nov. 14, 2004 at 6:59 p.m.



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Carole Mikita reporting The premiere of the much-anticipated film The Work and The Glory is days away. Carole Mikita was the only reporter to go behind-the-scenes to watch as the final cut was created.

Investor Larry Miller wanted this film finished to premiere during the holidays and it will.

It's a fascinating process of how films are made today... the special effects and sound editing took place at two production houses, both with Oscars and nominations. Only the best for "An Epic Emerges".

The movie set needs to look like a bustling town but without the time and money it would take built it.

Welcome to Matte World, the place where films come for special effects. With the click of a mouse and some designs on a tablet, Palmyra, New York's buildings have roofs, the Eric Canal extends up and around the bend and there's another bridge.

What amounts to 15 seconds of 'The Work and The Glory' starts with 3-D perspective and includes texture and lighting to establish the atmosphere in one key scene.

The special effects team actually traveled to the set in rural Tenneesee to assist the director.

Kip Larsen/ visual effects producer, Matte World: "We made some suggestions as to where to put the camera and how to shoot the shot, how to set things up for the shot, that would help us in the creation of the effect work."

Sam Cardon watches the film as inspiration for his music but also for timing for each scene. He composes the film's score note by note.

"These kind of scores are the most fun for composers because they are emotional. That's the greatest thing ever. Human drama is the most fun of all."

It looks like a movie theatre, it feels like a movie theatre, but it's not. It's actually a sound studio in Berkeley, California. It's considered one of the best.

Sam Cardon carried his score, now recorded with an orchestra, here where all of the film's sound will unite in what's called a final mix.

The music is just one side of the sound triangle. The actors' dialogue and the sound effects are the other two. Academy Award winner, Dave Parker, controls the sound panel.

Mike McDonough/ sound designer: "Here the console is divided into three sections. Way over on the left there's music. In the center is dialogue, and on the right is sound effects." "That's basically how the film soundtrack is divided up."

Before shooting began, the film's director told each sound expert what he wanted. Now, it's his choice how it all comes together.

"The Work and The Glory" premieres on Thursday evening at Jordan Commons. Beginning tomorrow on Eyewitness News at 6 pm we will introduce you to some of the key cast members.

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