Additional Behind the scenes video footage taken on the set of Bix. 

Behind the scenes video footage taken on the set of Bix. 

Original Variety ad for Bix at the Cannes Film Festival. 

The movie program for Bix. 

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Bix was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. An original 40x60 Italian movie poster for Bix - from my personal collection.

With the playback equipment that was required for Bix.

Production Manager Fred Chalfy (left) and Producer Antonio Avati on set. Watching Pupi and Antonio work on set was an amazing opportunity where I gained a lot of knowledge from their decades of experience in filmmaking. I very much enjoyed working for them on Bix which was the first of five films.  Fred was also the property master on Friday the 13th Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan and on the TV series Law and Order. 

Taken during a break in filming. I can remember this as we were discussing Raffael's career - when he did sound for Italian Horror Director Mario Bava and Producer Dario Argento on Demons and Demons 2. He was surprised that I had seen and knew the films.

Some of the extras in their 1920's costumes. The two on the left,  Lainie Whiles and Janelle Vanerstrom,  both starred in several of my films. 

It wasn't suppose to rain for this scene and we ended up in a torrential down pour.  I'm in good spirits along with Director Pupi Avati (far left) but Raffaele wasn't a fan of the rain as we waited for the rain to stop.

Duea Film sound crew for "Bix" - from left Raffaele DeLuca, Jeff Carney, and Chat Gunter. 

Behind The Scenes shot taken on the "Bix" set while filming in Iowa.

On the set of "Bix" in Rock Island Illinois inside the Villa De Chantal which was operated by nuns.  It was built in 1901 as a Catholic girl's boarding school.  As a child, I took piano lessons there from a nun and the massive building burnt down a few years after filming Bix.

At the end of filming, Sound Mixer Chat Gunter surprised me with this thoughtful gift - a pocket knife marked "Bix 1990." It's really a useful tool on a film set that I carry on each film to this day.

Original Trailer for Bix: An Interpretation Of A Legend. It's a great movie and the musical scenes were amazing to film. The film really captures the era.

A photo gallery of some of the Behind The Scenes Photos that I took on the set of Bix while we were making it and some of the photos were given to me as a gift from Chat Gunter (Thanks again Chat!) Bix was filmed in the Quad Cities / Iowa. Click on a photo above to enlarge the image.

Jeff Carney on the last day of filming on crutches - As I was wearing an ankle/leg cast.

Besides having a great time working on the film Bix, the second to last day of filming was also memorable as I had to take one for the team - so to speak. While we were filming, a dog kept barking just off set. So Chat asked me to quickly run over and quiet the dog down so he could record clean dialogue without the sound of the dog constantly interrupting. We were at farm location that was in the middle of the country. As I ran across the field to the dog, my foot went down into a gopher hole which was hidden by tall grass. Everyone on set and at the hospital thought I had broken my ankle. In the end, it was a severe sprain that required a cast. I did make it to the set for the final day of shooting where everyone signed my ankle cast including the Avatis.

My other boss on all of the Avati films - Boom Operator Raffaele DeLuca.  Another very talented sound mixer and a great friend. Raffaele has been in production sound for over 40 years. He's even won the Donatello Award (Italy's National Award) for Best Sound on a Film twice for Ultimo Minuto in 1988 and Regalo Di Natale in 1987. Horror fans would be interested to know he was the sound mixer for the Lamberto Bravo/Dario Argento films Demons and Demons 2.       I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two of the best sound men in the film industry on a total of five movies.

With my boss on all of the Avati films - Sound Mixer Chat Gunter. Chat has over 30 years experience in film sound including work for Martin Scorsese and on music videos for such artists as The Rolling Stones and Dire Straits. He's currently a professor of film at the prestigious NYU Film School.  A very talented sound mixer and I'm very proud to call him a great friend as well.  

On the set of Bix: An Interpretation Of A Legend with the playback/sound equipment. From Left to Right: Raffaele DeLuca (boom operator), Chat Gunter (Sound Mixer), Pupi Avati (Director) and Jeff Carney (Assistant Sound) 

While most of the crew were Italian, the language barrier was never a factor. The director and producer could both speak english and the rest of the crew who didn't speak english still shared a common language with us -Film. Through the upcoming years, pretty much the same crew worked together from film to film so we were very use to working with each other. The Avati's made the experience very enjoyable. Which is why I returned to work with them whenever my schedule permitted.

On Bix, my main responsibility was to assist the sound department in setting up the playback equipment and other various ways including making the sound department reports which would be used in editing (post production).  The 1920's music was pre-recorded and would have to be played back on set during filming so the actor musicians could pretend to play along. The Sound Department, in addition to recording the dialogue/sound of the film also had to playback the music. So the playback equipment had to be strategically hidden on each set near the actors for every scene but out of camera view.  Sometimes, the equipment would have to be re-arranged during filming as the camera could move or change angles. This had to be done very quickly as to not waste time. In a single day, we night have 30 different set ups in two different locations where the equipment would have to be set up, re-arranged, take down and moved to the next set where the process repeated. 

Another challenge was the 1920's playback music would be brought up in volume and played loudly during a scene and just before any actor would talk, you would have to drop the music completely out (down to zero) so a clean dialogue recording could be made. Once any dialogue was finished, you then had to instantly raise the music level back up again so the musicians could use it as a guide track while they were playing.  I really enjoyed doing that. And once Chat saw that I could do it, he let me do the playback while he recorded the dialogue and we were a great team. Working with Chat Gunter and Raffaele DeLuca was fantastic. They gave me so much wonderful production sound experience through the films that my tool bag expanded and I applied a lot of what I Iearned to my own films.

This was the first Duea Film that I worked on. I had missed the very start of filming as I was making another movie and never even applied for a position.  Steve Moes, who I had worked with on Field Of Dreams was the still photographer on this film. When the production realized that the sound department needed an assistant, Steve recommended me to the producer Antonio Avati and Chat Gunter (the Sound Mixer). I received a call one day, right after I had finished the film I was making and was asked to come down to the set to interview with Chat Gunter. After visiting with Chat during filming, I was on the set the next day working with him and the boom operator Raffaelle DeLuca. This would be the first of five films that I would work on with Duea Film. ​

Bix: An Interpretation Of A Legend is a 1920's period film on the life of jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke who was from Davenport Iowa. Produced by Duea Films.

Directed by Pupi Avati. Produced by Pupi Avati and Antonio Avati. Associate Producer Giorgio Leopardi.  Starring Bryant Weeks, Emile Levisetti, Sally Groth, Julia Ewing, Mark Collver, Romano Orzari, Matthew Buzzell, and Barbara Wilder.

Bix: An Interpretation of a legend