Silver Screen Serenade
Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peas and Carrots, Can I add Music and Movies to the list of things that go together?
Jenny Oaks Baker is a talented violinist with a love for movies. Her recent Silver Screen Serenade highlighted some of her favorite movie scores. When the top brass at BYUTV got a hold of it it seemed like the perfect recipe for show. Add a 40-piece Orchestra, 6 high definition cameras, and 200 pounds of lasagna to go, throw in some film interviews from around the country for a super-sized concert event airing on BYU television on May 4!
When the top-dogs at BYU Television put in the call the Kineto team went into action, covering everything with careful planning and visions of Oscar-worthy production value dancing through our heads.
Finding the right place for the orchestrated portion of the event was up to Damian, who scouted local venues until he discovered that the historic Murray Theater was perfect for what we needed — both logistically and because it’s rumored to be the first place to screen the Wizard of Oz in the 1950s, one of the songs included in the performance. We really packed it in the modest-sized area, making room for not only the large orchestra but also a grand piano, a 40-foot crane, a 20-foot screen, two 15-foot screens, 3 projectors, and partridge in a pear tree. Mike was in charge of gathering clips and obtaining rights for each movie, as well as timing the music via the 3 projectors and screens. Genevieve went on her own expedition for props and set decorations to reflect each movie (special thanks to Hale Center Theater who let us delve into their props warehouse). When the musical evening finally arrived Travis directed the 6 high-definition cameras and sound crew from a control truck at the back of the venue while Damian and Genevieve ran the set and house along with the set PAs. All our preparation paid off as the night went off without a hitch (it’s a good thing our trailer didn’t).
Then it was on to the documentary part of the production with Travis, Damian, and George traveling the country to get interviews with the key professionals involved in each film. We were all too happy to rub shoulders with people like Gerald R. Molen, Producer of Schindler’s List; Lindsay Fellows, music supervisor for Amazing Grace; Nicholas James, sound engineer for The Mission; Richard Matheson, screenwriter for Somewhere in Time ; Aldric La’Auli Porter, 1st AD for Far and Away; and conductor Michael Krajewski, film score producer Chris Brooks, and film critic Chris Hicks.
After many long hours editing and fine-tuning everything from music to graphics, the two-part production is ready to air and hopefully bring joy to all the viewers at home who we think will love the finished product that celebrates music and film (a combination almost as great as chocolate and peanut butter).
As to future creative projects, perhaps our next production event should be a magic show since one of our set chandeliers mysteriously disappeared and then suddenly reappeared later. Could the Murray Arts Theater have its own love-sick, deformed phantom living underground? Ask Genevieve!