June 9, 2015 at 7:51AM
Warning about Frank Serafine's Sound Design Tour Revisited
This is in response to Josh Paul's rant about the MZed Frank Serafine Sound Design Tour, and I invite any attendees to respond to this thread about their experience - good or bad. Josh's original post can be seen here:
Hey Josh. Mark Edward Lewis here. Thanks for your authentic and truthful response to our course. I'm going to respond to your post herein in the hopes a few things can be cleared up for those who are reading this and perhaps clear a few things up for you as well.
First, when someone has a health issue, there's nothing we can do. I apologize you feel like you were deceived, and I sympathize. And to that end, while Frank wasn't there, Mzed approached ME to design the course for Frank which I did. So, what you received from me (and what I have presented to all of the courses I've led) is EXACTLY what Frank would have brought to you - with the addition of all my experience as a filmmaker, editor, post production supervisor and composer for 25 years. So you got MORE than you paid for therein. Well, perhaps with the exception of a man with hair.
2. I'm not just an "additional/other sound guy." You might want to take a further look at my IMDB credits. Now, of course, I don't have the 40 years of experience that Frank has in sound. And of course, I'm sorry that you weren't able to meet Frank in person, as he's one of my closest friends and one of the most wonderful people on the planet. For that I'm sorry. However, I'm going to put myself on the level on which I belong in this conversation which IS one of wide and deep experience in just about every area of post and production. Please consider this when you reference me in the future.
3. I'm sorry that you didn't have the experience of value that 99.8% of the people who come to courses receive. In fact, I'm clear with attendees that if one is "awake," you'll have the opportunity to get 12 times your value. Most people walk out with so much knowledge they leave WITH THEIR LIVES CHANGED. I know for a fact that no one is speaking about the 3 aspects of music use, how to speak to a composer and know how to maximize your market penetration with audio, the nature of excellence in sound design, how to use RX for sound effects use, Looping vs. ADR, how to do foley yourself, demonstrating the various ways to use wind trapping devices on location, inverse square law, notch Eq-ing, dialogue syncing using Adobe Audition or demonstrating with top Hollywood movies how Hollywood uses DX, SFX and MX to make people like their movies better than yours. I'm sorry you weren't able to receive or understand these world-altering sections. Most people do once presented with them.
4. Lastly, I want to assure you that our sponsors who include the who's who of audio equipment manufacture including Sony, Rode (spelled without the "H" BTW), Manfrotto, Roland, Triad-Orbit, iZotope, Adobe, Avid, and at least 20 more would not have given us their equipment, money or interest had they not seen the curriculum (which I designed) and not approved of the entire situation. Moreover, nearly ALL of these manufacturers have sent representatives which have integrated themselves into our productions and interacted with attendees - from which upgrades of equipment and software will occur in the near future FROM that interaction. Thus, we're actually doing R & D ON TOUR with these incredible manufacturers. If you felt like there was a lot of "pitching" I apologize. Nevertheless, these manufacturers have bent over backwards to help us make this tour a reality, and both Frank and I are complete believers in their equipment and software - and I'm not pitching any more than I do when my filmmaker friends come to me and ask me what I recommend. I'm literally telling my friends, "buy THIS!" And so I do in the show.
So, again, I apologize you didn't get your money's worth, and sincerely hope you get your money back. I also hope you weren't one of the many people who have received thousands of dollars of free software during our giveaways and I certainly hope you didn't take us up on the hundreds upon hundreds of dollars of discounts available to all attendees - including Sony Spectral Layers which you mentioned. It would be a shame if in your rant about getting little value you actually miscalculated.