Sensory Underload

It's officially Fall, and I've been spending recent days in the dark. Let me explain...

When filming a movie, separately recorded audio files (like from a boom mic or a clip-on lapel mic) are stored separately from the video files. We have a couple thousand video clips, and a corresponding slew of audio files to catalog, rename, summarize, and hopefully match to their visual counterparts. Most of the recording devices were helpfully left at manufacturer's settings (teenagers!), so many of the audio files from this summer list as having occurred in 2008. So... it's kind of a hot mess. Pray for me.

For while this appears labor-intensive but relatively easy at first listen, my best tool for sorting this out is my memory. Which signifies impending doom. (I hear water- were we at a pool in Florida? A swimming hole in Texas? A river in Utah? The Pacific Ocean? *shakes fist*)

So I've been consciously turning my eyes OFF to listen extra hard. People with autism often naturally close down sensory input when in overload - Roman will cover his eyes or his ears when driven to distraction.

In fact, most humans reflexively focus this way as well, closing their eyes - for example - while eating a dark chocolate and salted caramel ice cream cone. Or my sister's Kentucky Butter Cake. Cause that would be weird with your eyes open.

So I'll be right here for the next little bit - listening to audio snippets in the dark, smiling while rummaging through my brain's Summer 2014 file folders. Oh, and I'll probably have the space heater on.

Kelley


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