In May 2012, we took a trip to Adelaide to catch up with Jason's sister and family and have a bit of R & R. Jason is somewhat of a train enthusiast and suggested we take a train trip to get there over a plane flight. I said that would be OK, but how would we keep working while we're away ? Well, thanks to the technology we have our hands on, it was possible.
So, we ended up booking a trip on The Overland ! The run from Melbourne-Adelaide is around 8.5 hours, and you start the day in one state and end it in another, so it's a pretty long trip.
We had 3 jobs on the run, and needed to be completed by the time we got back from the trip. Luckily, they'd all been recorded prior us departing, so I gathered up the Macbook Pro, audio interface, microphone and iPad (our script reader), packed it into a suitcase that didn't have the extendable handle (painful !) and we took off for Southern Cross railway station early on the Friday morning.
We got on board (in the Red Premium part, you get more space !) and got comfy. As Jason was looking out the window at Werribee, Geelong, Stawell and other many towns on the way, I had setup the Big Mouth Media machine, slapped the headphones on and worked away. It was a bit 'cosy' (using the tray table usually reserved for food !), but functional, and as the work progressed, I was also lucky enough to be able to hook my iPhone into the Macbook Pro to feed the internet so I could upload the audio to our SugarSync server.
Apart from a couple of quiet spots, we had a pretty constant connection (thanks Telstra) and was able to converse with some of our clients while we were zooming along near the SA border at 160km/hr ! It's an awesome feeling, and hard to relay over a chat.
So by the time we arrived as Keswick, Adelaide, I'd finished 2 jobs already and delivered them off before they were due.
After that, we relaxed for the rest of the weekend, visiting the CBD, Semaphore, the train museum at Port Adelaide and got to stay at the wonderful Adelaide Shores Holiday Park - it's literally 30 seconds walk to the beach (and also 5 minutes from the airport - let's just say I woke up at 6:05am each morning, thanks to the Jetstar flight to Melbourne).
I managed to get another job recorded on the Sunday night at our accomodation, which got edited on the return trip on Monday morning/afternoon/evening, doing everything in reverse !
So all in all, doing voice overs and editing is something that can be achieved practically anywhere - even on the top of Uluru (if you were still allowed to walk there !).
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