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    Posted: Jun 03 2007 at 5:58am

The Power of A Great Performance Speaks Worlds

Many years back, I had the pleasure of working with this man, Will Smith at Kajem/Victory Studios in Philly.

Then known as one half of "Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince" working on radio promos for their new single, "Summertime".
Jeff and Will both understand well the Power of a Great Performance, and later,
Will went on to do this...

which in my book remains high up on the list of...
"Greatest Performances Ever in Front of a Camera"... no doubt,
The Power of A Great Performance Speaks Worlds.... this is exactly what I'm talking about.

Continued Hats Off to You, Will!

Peace,
Gene








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Geno,
This is a great post.

That first video really got to me !!
In terms of performance, that's what really matters isn't it, getting a great message across with the intended impact, making us all understand and feel something without the need of further explanation.

People tend to think of great actors as those with the perfect timing and perfect delivery.

Will's performance doesn't fall in the classification of a "perfect" performance... however it certainly doesn't lack for passion and honest intension, and that's why it is a great performance. I agree with you.

You could really feel his personal necessity to drive that message home.

Being on a set is so impersonal, and to be able to conjure that much honesty and energy, within an artificial environment like that, always amazes me.

He's a super talent.
Very cool that you worked with him.
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Leonard Bernstein. . . Dance Suite


What I particularly enjoy about this video, is that you can hear the floor, somewhat, although I wish they had miked it. Many people don't realize how loud ballet is, because a good dancer makes it look effortless.

The truth is, it's extremely hard work... and as softly as they appear to be landing and moving, you can hear it all, as anyone who has been upfront at a live performance will tell you. All of those sounds are wiped away and just the feed to the music is heard, normally.

It's the same in figure skating. You don't get to hear the wonderful sounds of blades carving the ice, by the time the zip ban and delete people get a hold of it.

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In capturing a Dance Performance well, hearing the floor is important, and some consider it a challenging problem to attempt to add some 'floor audio' in to the mix.

There is a good solution to this ... I've used this concept doing Foley sound effects for Sound Design projects, and it works well for picking up the pleasant, positive impact of choreographed "dance steps" and "footsteps"... it's called a Mic Mouse.

Here's how it is described in a Glossary by Roger Inman & Greg Smith.

"Mic Mouse - A soft foam pad or holder for a microphone which is placed on a stage or studio floor. The mic mouse holds the microphone very near the floor without allowing it to touch. The purpose is to eliminate the effect of sound waves bouncing off the floor and interfering with sound waves transmitted directly to the microphone.
1980-2006 Roger Inman & Greg Smith. All rights reserved.
http://www.tv-handbook.com/Glossary.html"


You mix a little of this audio feed in with the Music tracks and SFX beds, and BLAM! Great impact, focused definition and sharpness gets added to the visual body moves, and the overall experience.

Never stop experimenting in audio!
~Smiles,~
Geno


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It figures you'd know about this Geno...

Damn you're good !!!

Love that "Mic Mouse"... I've never heard of it.

EXCELLENT !! Very cool.

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Geno--If you can find a wireless mic mouse, then maybe you can strap it on Mixey's mic skates and get some cool sounds for your library.
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