Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music provides a fascinating portrait of the melding of art and technology in the development of popular music. The eight-part PBS documentary finished at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Produced by Show of Force and directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre, the series reaches back to the 1920s, when music was first committed to vinyl, but focuses in particular on the period from the 1960s to the present and the revolution that was set in motion by the late Sir George Martin and the Beatles through their innovative use of multi-tracking.
Responding to the growing popularity of home theater systems with immersive sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a new mix stage dedicated to next-generation home theater audio formats. Located on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, the new stage is designed to simulate a home theater environment and equipped to master feature film and television projects in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D and other immersive sound formats. This new room has been used to prepare several feature titles for Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Disc, and digital delivery.
Still Devout is a new AFI Thesis film written and directed by Melissa Perez, which follows the story of a young woman who embarks on a heart-wrenching journey to help find answers and healing for her brother’s mental illness. To help optimize the film’s production workflow in preparation for post-production, Perez met with Burbank-based AlphaDogs for a personalized post consultation before the film was shot.
Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company, has expanded into the virtual reality arena with the addition of 360-degree sound rooms at their facilities in Santa Monica and Hollywood. Whether it’s creating sound design, mix and final print masters for VR video, or remixing current spots for a full-surround environment, Margarita Mix now offers producers and content owners high-quality sound solutions for the professional VR market. The new capabilities augment the full array of premium audio services for studios, networks and production companies offered at Margarita Mix.
South Lake Audio Services, a union-signatory sound company offering mixing and ADR services for motion pictures and television, has launched in Burbank. Veteran sound executive Paul Rodriguez will serve as president with four-time Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer Keith Rogers heading the creative team. South Lake will operate out of the facilities of post-production powerhouse Roundabout Entertainment where it will have three mix stages and multiple ADR recording studios, with plans to add four more mix stages next year.
Originally released in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become one of the most enduringly popular movie musicals of all time, a staple of late night cinemas worldwide. A celebratory reimagining of the tale of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his friends for Fox Television pairs original star Tim Curry (this time as the narrator) with an otherwise all-new cast in a rousing tribute to its predecessor that also offers plenty of fresh twists.
Fonic, a full-service audio post-production facility based in Shoreditch, East London, has Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix plug-in to provide up-mixing for a range of television and cinema productions.
Nugen Audio has introduced a significant upgrade for Halo Upmix. With the newest version, Halo Upmix now enables multichannel-to-multichannel upmixing, delivering new levels of versatility and significant time savings in the production of surround audio.
Nugen Audio has launched the AMB Audio Management Batch processor, a suite of modular software that will expedite a range of audio management tasks. AMB expands on the concept of Nugen Audio's loudness management batch processing technology for high-speed audio loudness measurement and correction. AMB enables post-production facilities to speed workflows significantly and reduce delivery times for a range of different tasks, such as upmixing and loudness management. AMB also offers new features including threaded algorithm processing and multiple processing threads that are addressable for simultaneous parallel handling of files and queues.
Renowned sound designer and feature film supervising sound editor Scott Gershin has worked on more than100 films and received 26 industry nominations, including a BAFTA Award for his work on American Beauty, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. He brings theatrical sound quality standards to bear on a wide range of consumer experiences, from apps and software, to blockbuster gaming titles like Resident Evil, Gears of War, Fable, and most recently id Software’s Doom. Gershin recently joined Technicolor as its director of sound editorial, where he leads the company’s expansion into sound design for gaming and immersive experiences and also continues to design and supervise sound for films. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Gershin about his career, the transformative role of technology in his work, and the tools he can’t do without for current projects.