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  • Russell Brown,

    Also, if anyone has any good USB microphone tips, do share.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Love this story and the reviews. And what a great role model you have been Russell. Please don't let him go all up market and studio - keep that authentic bedroom and t-shirt thing going.

    What good news. I guess as parents we just have to be patient - our support just needs to go on and on while others' adult children maybe sort out their own lives. And celebrate the victories when they happen. Best wishes for more in 2015.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Paul,

    Would Young Jimmy care to review In Bruges?

    (Contains violence, bad words and drug use, and is very funny in a low-key Irish way.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Bruges

    Taranaki • Since Dec 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Excellent!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Rebecca Williams,

    I didn't think it was possible to love the Bridgeway more than I already did. Go Jimmy! I love your reviews.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Inspirational! I know of one or two young people who have yet to really tap into their niche interests, where they can focus their abilities. Jimmy shows anything's possible. I'll pass this on to them.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I guess as parents we just have to be patient – our support just needs to go on and on while others’ adult children maybe sort out their own lives.

    I think about this a lot. It's what I say when anyone asks: "You needs to get used to the idea that you're going to be a parent longer than most of your friends."

    And celebrate the victories when they happen. Best wishes for more in 2015.

    And to you, Hilary!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Thrash Cardiom,

    Spend a bit of dosh and get a good quality microphone. We bought a Samson G Track for doing voice overs. It's worth it.

    Samson G Track

    CHB • Since Nov 2006 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Bloody marvellous feelgood reading. I'm in awe of everyone involved. That is a huge and wonderful place for your family to be. Congratulations.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    What good news. I guess as parents we just have to be patient – our support just needs to go on and on while others’ adult children maybe sort out their own lives. And celebrate the victories when they happen. Best wishes for more in 2015.

    Well done to Jimmy! I’m yet to turn my spectrum to my advantage in a meaningful way, given I’m possibly not just on the (late diagnosed) Aspie spectrum, but also the ADD and SAD ones too – a case of drawing all the genetic short straws at once. Still to get any productive progress from Workbridge and the Emerge Trust.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5418 posts Report Reply

  • Lisa Black, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Wirecutter recommends the Yeti by Blue. Their review includes tests they've uploaded to Soundcloud.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2010 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Cool work Jimmy, the audio was a little quieter than the clips, the best level above was in the Jimmy’s Hall review. There’s a bit of room sound that can only be alleviated by getting the mic closer to mouth (by whatever means necessary) and perhaps adjusting your positioning in the room to minimize unwelcome audio reflections. It may also be worth checking the pitching of your voice in relation to the room’s resonant frequency, as this can alter things significantly, e.g. my room here has a 120 hz boom which resonates when I hit sympathetic frequencies. These acoustic features can sometimes cause us to unconsciously or consciously adjust the tone we speak at to emphasise the boom or minimise it as need be. Mic positioning and proximity will have the biggest influence.

    Also by the sounds of that squelchy artifact there is(?) some noise reduction processing going on, I’m not sure if this is adjustable. if so, a little bit of hiss may be preferable if you can find a happy middle ground. Having said that, I had no pressing issue with the sound, it was all clear and audible. Great reviews, of those three films I’ve only seen Saint Vincent, after watching the film I’d been left feeling that I should have liked it but I hadn’t, and I couldn’t quite work out why, your review absolutely nailed why.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to mark taslov,

    your review absolutely nailed why.

    Which is the great thing about Jim's reviews. He thinks hard about why he felt a certain way about a movie. The answer might take two days of thinking to come, but he does the thinking.

    And thanks for the tech tips. We'll work on those things, for sure.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Still to get any productive progress from Workbridge and the Emerge Trust.

    It's a slog, but we've found Elevator quite proactive.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Please don't let him go all up market and studio - keep that authentic bedroom and t-shirt thing going.

    And the posters!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I think Jim's review of the third Hobbit movie will be worth a look. He made some interesting observations to me when I picked him up after the screening.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Russell Brown,

    but he does the thinking.

    Yeah it’s noticeable and appreciated. Cruising the boards at IMDB.com I stumble upon many links to reviews, but so often there is too much focus, as you say, on the media around the films and in those instances I’m also often left with the feeling that what I’d just watched was more about the reviewer’s schtick than the movie itself, so happening on a reviewer delivering the goods in detail as Jimmy is, will save time and money. Based on Jimmy Brown’s My Old Lady Review I feel confident that it’s exactly what we’ll enjoy.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Christine Peet,

    I watched this programme when it aired and watched it again last night. Such a great story. I agree with you Russell - it is a slog. I am in a wheelchair and had no luck through Workbridge or the CCS vocational support person. I was constantly being sent to places that had no accessibility for me. Certainly not enough work done on the environment. The skill matching was right on though for the most part. For me it was 'not what you know but who you know' and I've had a very successful 8 years at an accounting firm whose Director is a guy a few years ahead of me at school but a sister in my year. Awesome work by the way Jimmy.

    New Zealand • Since May 2014 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s a slog, but we’ve found Elevator quite proactive.

    From what I've checked, Elevator is exclusive to Auckland. Emerge is probably the closest Wellington equivalent.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5418 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Have a terrible cold today, which has at least had the virtue of giving me a chance to sit down at a computer and catch up on my PA reading.

    Really enjoyed Jimmy's reviews: Interstellar is one of the few current movies I've seen, and Jimmy really nails it. My favourite bit was the head-butting spacesuit fight scene (disclaimer: I am from West Auckland).

    I've only done a tiny amount of editing work but I wondered if the PA fund could come up with a second camera to be used to simultaneously shoot a side/isometric view of Jimmy. Then he could switch to another view for a second and then back to the front view to smooth over some of the cuts.

    Similarly there's the trick of switching to a second (or less) of a relevant scene from the movie being reviewed to smooth over a cut.

    I found that this sort of thing seemed to work quite well for the stuff I did, but then I hardly know anything about editing -- so it perhaps it isn't a very useful suggestion.

    Anyway, jolly watchable stuff from Jimmy -- very entertaining!

    P.S. If only Rob Stowell were here to offer some of his expertise...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Jump cuts are ok with me - that's how nga tamariki roll these days :)
    Table or standard lamp or some-such pointing back (from the darker side) would be nice- would get some reflections in glasses, but also an 'eye/catch light - worth trying.
    There are lots of mic options these days, from cheap to very expensive, and depending what it's recorded on (I'm picking it's a laptop?) I've never used a usb mic, but I guess there's the advantage it can be powered so no batteries.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Jump cuts are ok with me – that’s how nga tamariki roll these days :)

    Yep.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Thrash Cardiom,

    Ta for tip. Not ridiculously expensive either.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    If looking to purchase, a lapel mic may be best fit for purpose, but try/test/listen before you buy if possible.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    It had become apparent to Jim's workmates that he is an excellent source of pithy film reviews

    Onya

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

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