Philip Tallman Picks Design FX at Todd-AO for 'The Notebook'

Dec 17, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Independent music editor Philip Tallman chose Los Angeles–based Design FX Systems to provide him with the complete Pro Tools system he is using on Todd-AO Radford's Stage S for post-production on The Notebook. Tallman worked closely with composer Aaron Zigman in preparation for post-production with re-recording mixers Jon Taylor and Brad Sherman. The film is slated for release in spring 2004.

Pictured (L-R) at the digital workstation on Stage S at Todd-AO Radford are re-recording mixer Jon Taylor, DFX systems manager Jeffrey Welch, music editor Philip Tallman, DFX systems technician Trini Alvarez and re-recording mixer Brad Sherman. Photo: David Goggin

"I am actually running everything except for video off my FireWire drives," explained Tallman. "This is a first for me, because I have previously always put the material on removable drives, but FireWire is at the point now that I trust it completely." Design FX provided 24-tracks of Pro Tools, a Mac G4, Cinema Display and a Mackie mixer for the project. "I'm running the entire show off of a 200GB drive with an 8MB buffer, including the mix downs of all the cues, source material and anything I might need from the temp material.

"I've worked with Design FX for several years now and what they give me is pure peace of mind," Tallman continued. "There is never a question about the equipment: It's on time, it works properly and on the rare occasion where I have a technical question, it's a phone call away and the response is lightning-quick. When you're working on the stage with the director, the composer and the mixers, there is no room for error and I can concentrate completely on the creative work without any technical worries. In this business, they don't pay you to try, they pay you to deliver."

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