Foley Fridays Karaoke LIVE, jurassic park.

Jurassic Park.

On the 19th of October we held a screening of our most recent work at Toronto’s Cinecycle (which is a bike shop by day, screener of movies – typically 8mm – by night). Before we started the feature presentation I had the distinct pleasure of attempting, with the help of some enthusiastic volunteers, to do a Foley Fridays Karaoke session live.

If you don’t know what Foley Fridays Karaoke is – I basically take away all of the sound/dialogue from a scene of a film and recreate it on the spot. The spot usually being my living room. This time I had a theatre and 7 other people to recreate the sound/dialogue for me. The film? Jurassic Park, of course.

Everyone did an impressive job – considering they had no time to figure out how to make the sounds they were asked to make, using the props they were just given. Even the entire audience was used to create the sound of the rain storm in the scene by snapping their fingers and hitting their thighs. Most importantly I think (hope) everyone had a great time doing it. The rest of the Made By Other People agreed that it help make the night just that much more special.Though, if I had one thing to do over again I would set up a better micing system as some great sounds were made but just weren’t picked up by the microphones.

Thanks again to the volunteers, the audience, Cinecycle and the T-Rex for saving our asses from those Raptors (almost too conveniently) at the very last minute.

To see past Foley Fridays Karaoke go to the Foley Fridays section of the website here.

More Movies Made By Other People Tomorrow Night.

Tomorrow night (Friday Oct. 19th) all of here at Made By Other People will be at The Cinecycle (129 Spadina Ave.) hosting our second round of Movies Made By Other People and we want you to join us.

It’s been a fair while (two years) since our first screening and we’ve got some amazing work to show for it. We’ve even asked our friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi to screen some of their work with us as well. The best part? Admission’s completely free!

All in all we’ve got a line up of seven unique films/music videos to entertain you and the cheapest beer and wine in the city to refresh you. Doors open at 8pm and the screening starts at 9pm. Come early and take advantage of the cheap alcohol and mingle with us (be sure stay afterward to continue mingling and drinking).

Check out the Facebook event page for even more details – here.

And if you don’t believe me check out the BlogTO post – here.

See you tomorrow Night!

Movies Made by Other People, Part 2!

Hey all, it’s been over two years since the bunch of us held our last, immensely successful, screening. Boy how time flies! So we thought it was about time to do it again! This year’s event will include new work by Billy Allinson, Mitchell Arend, Kire Paputts, Michael Pierro and our good friends Mary Gerretsen and Yaz Rabadi! And may feature a surprise or two as well…

The show will be held on Friday October 19th, starting at 9pm sharp. So come by, have a beer, and enjoy some great new work by great young filmmakers!

More info on the program is on its way, so stay tuned!!!

Foley Fridays, the end.

The End.

When I first heard the last chord of The Beatles’ A Day In The Life I immediately thought that it sounded as close to the end of the world as a song can get. I’m not saying that was their explicit intention but it just sounds like the musical equivalent everything imploding.  I’ve thought this so much that when 5 years ago when I needed to make an explosion sound representing the end of a world I played that chord on a piano and mixed it underneath the sound of an atomic bomb exploding. That’s what’s playing above (my apologies for the less than stellar quality). If you don’t hear the chord (E Major) right away listen again – it’s definitely floating in there.

But why am I writing about the end? Mostly because this is the last Foley Friday.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while and to be honest I can’t see me wanting to in the future so I’m going to end things here. I’ve got a few ideas for future ongoing projects plus the ‘Karaoke” I’ve been doing monthly will keep going and return soon. This decision also comes from our plan to redesign the site into something that won’t exactly support weekly blog posts. Something that, I think, is for the better.

I want to thank those of you that have read even one of these posts in the past, and especially those of you that have read numerous posts. I hope you were on occasion entertained and were able to learn something new over the course of the year and three quarters of Fridays featuring foley. I think I did.

Thanks again, nothing coming next week.

MBOP Takes Over Thursday Thursday.

Our friends over at Greenshades Productions put on a monthly show aptly titled Thursday Thursdays and this month Made By Other People are taking it over.

Come this  Thursday, August 23rd 2012, three of the eight members of Made By Other People will be playing in a show at Toronto’s infamous Ranch Relaxo. Nathanael Chadwick will be playing a sensual solo show and if you’ve followed his blog or heard some of his other stuff you’d know that just because he’s playing alone doesn’t mean he’s not going to bring down the house. Kire Paputts will be there with the rest of the band of merry men that make up Dildoniks. Their infectious band of surf rock infused with a dash of punk is powerful enough for the God’s of old and folks at NXNE so I know your feet wont give you a choice as to whether you’re going to be dancing or not. Finally, Mitch Arend will be there with his newly minted trio The Addington County Revue, fresh off their travels of the deepest, darkest regions of South Eastern Ontario with music so fresh it sounds like it’s straight out of the Seventies.

Here’s where I get real for a second. The guys at Greenshades put on amazing shows and this month’s is no exception. If you like live, infectious music at intimate venues that allow you to go  completely nuts then you’re not going to want to miss this show.

Thursday Aug. 23rd 2012, Rancho Relaxo 300 College St. Toronto, $5 cover.