Seems like the Roaring 20's of the last century are not holding true for us here in the Millennial age. That damn Covid sure put a damper on the beginning of the decade...and it's still with us. Plus, according to weatherman Al Roker, it was the hottest year on record where we saw the sun look like something out of a end-of-days / kiss-u'r-keister-goodbye movie - due to Wild Fires thousands of miles away. Then Artificial Intelligence (Ai) threatened to take our VO jobs away as mercilessly as the synthesizer did with the musicians union. Top all that off with a WGA-Writers Strike in the middle of the year followed by THE longest theatrical union strike in its existence with Sag/Aftra (118 days) and we're left with an outlook for 2024 of either - Fire & Brimstone...or, it can only go /\ from here!
Keeping in step with the later, we were still able to eke out a few gems over the year amongst the rough Ai terrain that has us all in its insidious grip. Below's highlights are a composite of the last twelve months. Feel free to browse the landscape for a sound or idea that could have merit.
SAG-AFTRA, went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. It has coincided with a Writers Guild of America strike as part of broader Hollywood labor disputes. Click union logo for Fran Drescher's speech.
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They were putting a lot of effort to get as much splash as they could muster, mister. It was a fun gig and we just went with the flow. Click to Play
We were presented with a second unveiling so-to-speak of a voice-over we did this past year. Apparently, it was bandied about that if the sample rate on the VO was adjusted downward to a "Transformer" classification sound-a-like, it would enhance the engagement level and have a cool disembodied feel that's so sought after these days. Check it out.
Blood Wedding ... and you're The Mortuary's guest of honor! Here come the brides...looking for their grooms. Actually, this is a pretty cool concept and a perfect alternative progression to the 'what to do on date-night'.
For the first time ever the SAG awards were being aired solely online this year. We were looking forward to something different and planned to be at a hotel out east on Long Island when we watched it. The awards are being carried by Youtube & Netflix. We weren't sure if signal issues were going to be something to consider for a seamless viewing of what turned out to be a glitch-less and transformative evening.
And from all of us to all of you and yours...Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. And with Santa bringing us a full moon this Christmas, here's hoping Y'all have a Howling Good Time... from the Wolfman - Baby!