Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of directing Sean Astin in two TZs "Who Am I?" and "The Amazing Dr. Kyle Powers." Sean was a blast to work with and a real pro. He wanted to voice the lines over and over to give me different shades of color. Sean is also narrating the Youth Bible I'm producing and portraying the role of "Joshua" in my Old Testament. Our New Testament is available now in stores or at www.thewordofpromise.com. I'm excited about mixing these shows that will star Sean Astin, which will run later this year.
Last Friday we recorded the first episode of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER titled "Dangerous Days" at Cerny American Creative. I had 18 actors in to record the supporting characters to Stacy Keach's Mike Hammer. It was a lot of fun but A LOT of work. It took much longer than I expected as the HAMMER shows are a full hour in length where the TZs are only 40 minutes. That additional 20 minutes added hours of prep and recording time. I had all the actors do a table read which just means all the actors sit around a table and perform the script in a leisurely setting. Then we took a break and went into the sound booth and recorded all the dialog often times I had the actors perform their lines multiple times to have a safety. It took us about 5 hours just to record the dialog. Afterward, all of the sound files were separated and the sound design began being built. All of the music is composed and performed by Stacy Keach. M. J. Elliott who is writing the MIKE HAMMER scripts recently sent me episode two "Oil & Water" and Stacy Keach is recording that today in Hollywood. His wife Malgosia Tomossi, who played the role of "Maya" on the TV series is reprising her role for the radio series, so she's recording today too. I'm really stoked about this HAMMER series and I can't wait to hear it mixed by the geniuses at Cerny, headed up by JoBe Cerny who also portrays a regular character on HAMMER by the name of "Ozzie the Answer." Ric Vargas, one of my Zoners is stepping up as my assistant director.
Yesterday I received a rough mix in on the TZ episode "The Prime Mover" starring David Eigenberg. It's a lot of fun but it needs some tender loving care. I listened to it 5 or 6 times and took copious notes and faxed them over to Bob Benson at Cerny. He'll make these changes and then send me another copy. Then it will go into finer and finer tweaks until it's complete. Well, that's all for this week, see you next time for more NEWS FROM THE ZONE!