Touring with Final Cut and QuickTime |
NIN is known for its intense and visual live shows, and wanted to share the live experience with its fans around the world. So, Reznor hired a photographer to shoot footage for the NIN website in conjunction with the bands world tour.
Since the tour launched a few months back, the site has featured regular post-show QuickTime movie clips of fans along the tour circuit, and some live footage from select shows.
We have Final Cut Pro, and we have been filming the last several shows with about seven different Canon XL1 digital cameras, says Reznor, Then the plan is to edit it and finish it all on a Mac.
Reznor decided to enlist a single camera person, Rob Sheridan, in lieu of a film crew. Weve gone the route of hiring big film crews and fighting with editors and cameramen who think theyre Orson Welles, he says.
Sheridan manages everything to do with filming for NIN, from setting up the cameras to capture the live energy of NIN, to editing clips of the tour in FCP for the website.
Nine Inch Nails perform Starsuckers, Inc. in San Francisco.
Well probably do a DVD release of this tour later this year, says Reznor, Its an experiment and an excuse to kind of dig into Final Cut and see what happens. Sheridan will work alongside Reznor in editing the footage for the DVD release.
G4/ProTools on the Tour Bus
Meanwhile, the tour bus is stocked with a media lab for both audio and video editing, including a rack-mounted Power Mac G4 with a ProTools rig in it. Weve got that with us for less excuses to waste time, he adds.
Looking to Score
Reznors experience in movie making had already extended into working on soundtracks for some major motion pictures, and scoring music for a popular video game.
I did Natural Born Killers, and Lost Highway for David Lynch, says Reznor, but Ive really no interest in doing any more compilation albums. The only thing Id want to do these days is actual scoring.
Id love for David Cronenberg to call me on the phone and say, Score a film, he adds. Reznors spooky, atmospheric sound would blend well with the film making style of the creator of films like Crash, Naked Lunch and The Fly.
Hes Game for Games
Then he confides that hes been talking to John Carmack about scoring the music for a new version of Doom. I would do something like that mainly because its a hobby of mine, I appreciate the technology, and its fun to work outside Nine Inch Nails once in a while.
Quake was fun because they didnt want hard-rock goofy music going through the game, explains Reznor, it was all about atmosphere at the time.
Nailed to their Macs
Everybody in our camp is Mac and thats it, stresses Reznor, Weve adopted a pretty purist attitude. There have been some software companies who develop PC-only software whove approached us the people who make Acid, Sonic Foundry, for one.
It may be a nice program, but Im not going to endorse it if it doesnt run on a Mac, and I told them that, he adds.
Even if it does run on Virtual PC, I tell them, Wake up and do the right thing. he says With Web integration stuff, there have been companies that are like use our player but it only runs on a Windows machine, and Im like, No, Im not going to help the enemy.
Ive just always had a soft spot in my heart for Macs. admits Reznor, Like, I just got the blue-and-white machine and then oh out came the cooler looking G4!
Someone bought me an iMacDV for Christmas, and its just something as simple as plug-in the DV and the first time Oh wow! it works. I mean, here I was expecting to have to hunt down a cable, but Woah, its in the box. Thats what I think a lot of the PC people dont understand, Reznor concludes, the pleasure of not having to worry about compatibility issues.
Check out the full-length Starsuckers, Inc. video at www.apple.com/quicktime/quicktime/qtv/trent/
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