It's a great seminar with lots of useful information.If you're not new to filmmaking you might run into some material you already know but overall I'd say it's worth it. The discount vouchers and networking opportunites alone make it worth it. I'd look at it this way: If Alex Buono called you on the phone and said "Hey Gabby wanna hang out and pick my brain for a day?" How much would you pay to hop on a plane and meet this guy in NYC for coffee and scones? Based on the last one I'm guessing this one will be much more involved. The insights on how SNL goes about making all the skits in such a short turn around was particularly infomative. Personally seeing someone like Alex approach a technique or problem in a way that I have tried in the past but maybe failed at was vindicating. Makes you feel like your not a total amatuer just maybe off by a step or two :)
I dunno, I'm still on the fence about it all. I was hoping the Austin film community would have more to share but I guess they're all too busy making movies :)
I second this motion. This course is definitily worth it.
I just attended this seminar like yesterday (05/10/15) and I can say in full confidence that it is well worth the price of admission. In discounts vouchers ALONE this course was worth the $300 paid. I can understand that some parts of the course felt like they focused on the "soup" bits rather the "nuts". Of course there is going to be information presented here that you may already know. BUT... and this is a big BUT, I can assure you that something will be presented that you DID NOT KNOW. I personally had no idea that some of the ways professional sound designers/engineers go about doing ADR was so simple. I also was blown away by one of the sections where Mark broke down how he created new sounds from existing and custom sound libraries using tools that many of us alreay have at our disposal. Furthermore I think what people need to understand is that even if Frank is not there (because of health issues) Mark was the individual who created the tour in the first place. So not only are you going to get most of what Frank would have presented (including a HD download) but also the unique information that Mark has acquired during his career. It's crazy to me that people don't understand the value in that. $300 is a drop in the bucket compared to what you would and could pay to get the same information scattered across the internet in various waterdown forms.
Laser Unicorns got everything right. They crowdfunded a B movie, that they showed at Cannes, released for free online,that promotes a niche community,that promotes merchandise, that promotes a music video with Davd Hasselhoff, that promotes a video game on steam, that promotes their company's next venture: A full length Kung Fury movie and possible franchise. They will be at Comic Con. They will (hopefully) be on the next Mzed tour. Expect them, because they are coming...
This is the holy grail of the indie film market. Everything a major studio production would do they've done and then some. The difference being they created somthing they obviously enjoyed creating and that the audience actually WANTED.
Take notes everybody...take notes...