As with most independent films, budgets for the short film The Chain were minimal, which meant that sound editor and mixer Michael Gross needed to make the most of the audio he had from the set. iZotope’s RX suite of intelligent repair and enhancement modules enabled Gross to clean up production dialogue to a point where very little automatic dialogue replacement was required. For an independent film on a limited budget, this represented a huge savings in time and effort for both cast and crew.
Bill Evans, executive producer, engineer, and manager for the number one-charting progressive rock super group Flying Colors, has adopted Nugen Audio’s new Halo Upmix tool to automate and streamline up-mixing of stereo audio to 5.1/7.1 surround. Most recently, Evans used Halo Upmix to accelerate production of the Blu-ray version of Flying Colors’ latest concert album, Second Flight: Live at Z7, from Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group.
Father and son re-recording mixers Michael and Christian Minkler have joined the growing roster of sound talent at Sony Pictures Post Production Services. The Minklers, who mixed the current Columbia Pictures release Concussion in Sony Pictures’ Burt Lancaster Theatre, have been working at the studio since last year, but are now on a formal basis. The pair previously mixed Insurgent on the Sony lot and are currently collaborating on The Hateful Eight.
The obvious difference between sound for the big screen, the small screen, and now, the tiny screen, may not seem that different. In many ways they are not. As sound designers and editors, we want the viewer to experience every gunshot and explosion as well as every word, whether listening in a theater, at home on a TV, or earbuds on the subway. Sound for the big screen on a movie like Trumbo means you can use 5, 7 or in the case of Dolby Atmos, unlimited channels, for panning. We also have a large dynamic range because of the room size and speaker size. This, in many ways, is the easiest for those of us creating the sound tracks.
Tattersall Sound and Picture is currently providing final sound mixing services for the second installment of the critically acclaimed limited series Fargo, and the Toronto studio has come up with a unique way for the show’s Los Angeles-based producers to monitor the work.
Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit Hotel Transylvania 2, currently topping charts and setting records at the worldwide box office, marks the return of the Drac Pack in an all-new comedy adventure. Like its hit 2012 predecessor, the new film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and many others. Also back for the sequel are supervising sound editor Geoffrey G. Rubay and his sound team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services.
Continuing to expand its resources for motion picture and television sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has installed an Avid S6 control surface in its 158-seat Anthony Quinn Theatre. The largest Avid S6 console installed anywhere to date, the 22-foot long board features 48 faders in each of two sections, along with 12 meter displays, two sets of dual joysticks and two bias panels. It is supported by four Pro Tools HDX2 players and two HDX recorders. The console is connected via high-speed Ethernet to editorial rooms and other facilities on the Sony lot.
On September 26, Sony Pictures Post Production Services will welcome leading innovators from across the world of motion picture sound as host of the Second Annual Mix Presents Sound for Film Conference and Exhibition. The theme for this year’s event, co-sponsored by the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the Cinema Audio Society, will be Music, Effects and Dialog in an Immersive World. It will explore the current boom in immersive sound technologies through speakers, panels, workshops and exhibits. Participants will include DTS, Dolby, Yamaha, Auro Technologies and other sound companies.
In a significant boost to its services for movie and television sound, Tattersall Sound & Picture has added Dolby Atmos technology to its largest mixing stage and completed its first project in the immersive sound format. Hyena Road, an Afghan war drama from actor/director Paul Gross (Passchendaele) will make its world premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation.
One of Hollywood’s most gifted action directors, Antoine Fuqua explores the rarified violence of the boxing ring in his latest film Southpaw, released this month by The Weinstein Company. The director’s visceral boxing imagery is supported by a meticulously crafted soundtrack, created by a team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services led by supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, sound designer David Esparza and re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy.