Really nice review, lizardgirl. I’ve been thinking about how many participants would be best for a commentary. However if we go over 5 people per commentary it may get a bit crowded which is why I split up the groups. I suppose it depends on the personalities and how talkative the participants are. You could have 3 talkative people in one commentary, or in another commentary you’d have 5 not-so-talkative people. But at least we got 2 commentaries for the price of one, so to speak. I wouldn’t worry too much about having silences during the audio because if people are listening to the commentary along with the movie (as is recommended), then the movie’s audio fills in the gaps.
Oh, thanks. I saw on a recent documentary about the Aussie accent that the reason why we do this is because it’s an extension of our friendly nature, and turning a statement into a question is a subtle way of making the listener feel more involved. But the downside is it can make the Australian talker seem like they’re insecure about their statements, even when they’re not.
Thanks, Rachel. You’re right, it depends on how talkative the commentators are. I think that as the commentaries go on, we’ll learn more about how each of us likes to deal with being in a commentary, so to speak, and so we’ll keep improving.
That’s really interesting! That makes sense, as it does go with the Australian personality of being open and friendly. Over here, Scousers do the exact same thing and they’re known for being friendly too. It can only be a good thing!
woody - A fan commentary is where fans “get together” via the Skype program, or another program that enables voice conferences, and we all watch the same movie at the same time and record our comments on it then upload our conversation as an MP3. If you want to listen to an example of our past commentaries, click here. If you’re interested in joining in, go to this thread and we’ll talk about it there.
By popular demand, WALL•E is again going to be commentated upon, in the month of July (if enough people sign up). Don’t miss your chance! Even if you’ve commentated on WALL•E earlier in the year, you can still participate the second time around, but if there ends up being not enough room, preference will go to the new commentators.
In order to participate in the WALL•E feature commentary, members need to participate in at least one practice commentary this year. So if you need to participate in a practice in order to commentate on WALL•E, please send me your schedules, or post them here within the next 10 days.
I’m also aware that the practice for Monsters, Inc. was only just done, but I’m trying to get the commentaries back on schedule again, so hopefully they will be back running on time by next month.
Take a look at this thread if you haven’t already: Fan Commentaries - Rules and Information and make sure to post your rankings here for all feature films (except Up). Even if you have already participated in a practice, but would like to be in another one to brush up on your skills, you are more than welcome to.
Hmm… I think I did a practice (two in fact, I think it was Tin Toy and Your Friend The Rat) last year, that was the last time I completed one…
Am I still eligible, or do I have to go for another one for 2009? If I get the green light, I’ll send you my schedule for July, because I’m interested for a second go-around. With priority given to first timers, of course.
thedriveintheatre - You’ve done two practices and a couple of feature commentaries this year, so I think you’ll be ok. Maybe I’ll have to implement a rule later on that if you haven’t done a practice/feature film in X months you have to participate in a new practice, because people’s computers and headsets can change or break etc in that time. But if you feel like you need to brush up on your commentating skills and would like to join in on any practices if we have any newbies, you are more than welcome to do that. Right now is the time for people who haven’t ever done a practice to send me their schedules. The schedules for the WALL-E feature commentary will probably be requested in late June/early July (depends on if we end up having a practice or not).
The Axiom ship has already sailed so only those who have completed a practice commentary may participate in the upcoming WALL-E commentary. Keep an eye on this thread for when I’ll ask for you to send me your schedules for the feature.
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cookie - No, it’s not too late for you. It would have only been too late if you had never done a practice, but since you have then it’s all good.
With that, I may as well announce the request for schedules for the WALL-E fan commentary for July. (I know Monsters, Inc. was only just done but I was running behind last month).
So anyone who has:
Participated in a practice,
Posted your rankings of all the Pixar films (except Up) in this thread AND
An interest in commentating on WALL-E
Please read carefully below…
The session(s) will be done in mid-late July, so send me your schedule via a private message for that time within the next 8 days. Remember to give me any updates to your schedule as soon as you find out any changes. I will then post possible times when the commentary could take place, as well as a list of participants.
Any questions? Post below, PM me, or contact me over Skype.
And just a clarification. When you send me your schedules, please state the exact time you’d be able to be at the computer and start the commentary, as well as the time the commentary would have to be finished by. It just makes it easier when organising everyone’s different schedules. Thanks.