“We are a little team of three here, so, we all wear many hats,” says Mirza Tahirovic, co-owner of Studio Chelia, a professional audio post-production facility in Sarajevo, Bosnia. “I’m a composer, sound editor and recording mixer, but I also do ADR recordings and other corrections when necessary.”
DTS today announced the first DTS:X quality control screening room in Japan has opened at Imagica Entertainment Media Services, Japan's largest post-production facility.
A trained pianist and saxophonist who studied music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Phil McGowan, CAS, knows a thing or two about the perfect piece of music. After having dabbled in writing and composing music, McGowan soon found that his true passion was in mixing and engineering, and he moved across the country to focus on score mixing. Today, McGowan can be found mixing, recording and engineering from his studio – McGowan Soundworks, where he works on highly popular TV shows, films and video games, such as Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.
Sound and mastering engineer Fernando Richard, mixing engineer Ivan Markovic and sound designer Francisco Bissone recently teamed up to launch Immersive Audio Solutions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The studio is designed to offer immersive sound solutions for a wide array of platforms. A Dolby Atmos-approved studio, IAS also has the capabilities of mixing for Sony 360 and Ambisonic formats.
“Sound is important in all films, but in a supernatural thriller, it’s gigantic,” says writer/director Evan Spiliotopoulos, talking about his new film The Unholy. “What you hear and what you don’t hear are essential to crafting scares.” The new Screen Gems thriller follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate.
Nugen Audio has announced its Show Us Your Setup contest. Running May 18 to June 1, the contest asks mixers and producers to submit beauty photos of their studio or workstation with Nugen Audio’s Paragon reverb on their monitors. Contestants have a chance to win a selection of Nugen Audio swag and a $599 voucher, good for a full download of the Paragon plug-in or any Nugen product of equivalent value.
Re-recording mixer Frank Morrone has earned himself an extensive resume through his work with Todd AO and Technicolor, which includes projects from high-profile directors like Ron Howard and Tim Burton. In addition to his residency at the acclaimed post house, Morrone also works independently from his home studio for a wide array of film projects.
Independent sound mixer Alan Meyerson is currently working on the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) movie, and just finished working on the score of the reboot of Dune, set for release in October 2021. Many of his projects have become case studies in the importance of how music and sound play an integral part to the overall storytelling. And no matter where he has set up shop for the day, Meyerson relies on Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix and Halo Downmix plug-ins, along with Stereoizer and Nugen Producer, to ensure clients receive the superior quality of sound they seek from his professional services.
This week, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present George Miller with its annual Filmmaker Award, the organization’s highest honor. The Australian director is being recognized for a diverse body of work that includes Happy Feet (an Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature), Babe: A Pig in the City and Lorenzo’s Oil, as well as Mad Max and its three sequels. Miller has called his masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road, “A movie we see with our ears.”
Pace Pictures provided complete post-production services for Tremors: Shrieker Island, the latest installment in the cult horror franchise about giant, worm-like creatures that prey on humans.