We’re So Sorry Uncle Albert

I recalled that I left out a sequence from the outtakes featurette. It was the one where Uncle Albert (David Kyte) is fired by Joe (Jay Pennington). A revised outtakes is below.

The score lacks one final, one-minute, twenty-second piece. The dialog has been processed and that’s an involved process. Jason explained it and I’m going to try to summarize it here.

The dialog was recorded with one microphone so it’s a mono (one track) recording. All the thousand or so individual snippets of dialog that were assembled into the dialog track were mixed into a single file and then Jason went to work. First, he made the one track become two tracks. How that happens is neither straightforward nor easy to say in a few words. Second, it was equalized. Equalizing removes the bass frequencies and reduces unwanted medium and high frequencies. Third, it was compressed. This reduces places where the volume is too loud. Fourth, it was run through the de-esser. This removes high frequencies that are not part of the voices. Fifth, the two tracks were processed to widen the stereo field and the original mono track was mixed in at a very low volume level. This both enhances the stereo effect and adds back in some high frequencies that the earlier processing took out. It makes the sound fuller and richer.

The dialog track is added to the music tracks and the effects track and it all gets mixed into one stereo soundtrack.

The line in the title is from a Paul McCartney song. After months of working on the score, Jason and I can echo that last phrase in the quote below:

We’re so sorry Uncle Albert
But we haven’t done a bloody thing all day
We’re so sorry Uncle Albert
But the kettle’s on the boil
And we’re so easily called away *

* “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul McCartney, Ram album.