Departure

2015
06.27

 

 

Departure is a coming of age film set against the backdrop of  the implosion of an English nuclear family in their holiday home in France. The film has done well on the Festival circuit, picked up a fair few prizes and got cinema releases right across Europe, click here to see the various posters for different languages. More info available on the Film Facebook page

I worked on it nominally as foley supervisor/editor and I also recorded the ADR and mixed  the M&E/supplied  deliverables afterwards (I usually handle the deliverables and-time allowing- am involved in the ADR of most films I work on ).

Foley was recorded at Aquarium studios with Meltem Baytok as foley artist  and Rob Price as foley recordist. I enjoy being involved in foley sessions as I learn so much from watching other people at work, Meltem and Rob are a pretty slick team.  I speak decent French  which helped when I was shooting/ editing ADR for the French language scenes.  Andy Stegell- director- is an accomplished theatre director and gets good performances out of his cast but was- at this time less experienced with ADR.I believe he managed to raise performances  in the studio as well as covering the technical nuts and bolts which made for a satisfying session.

The thing I found hardest was getting the various mixes to hit broadcast spec- nowadays most countries work to an average loudness spec. The theatrical version had an extremely wide dynamic range- some loud shouty scenes and  long passages of comparative stillness and minimal dialogue  in the French countryside sometimes underscored by  very delicate classical scoring which doesn’t react well when the dynamic range is squashed to hit broadcast spec. It took longer to produce mixes which both ticked all the technical boxes and were faithfull to the original theatrical mix, but I believe i got there in the end. Nice to see the film do so well.

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Help Point

2015
05.26

Help Point

I handled the clean up and 5.1 mix for this fun comedy short. The on set performances were great and we really didn’t want ADR- however it was shot in an airport car park. This made for a lot of work but I think it was time well spent. The film is doing really well picking up prizes allover the place on the festival circuit. More details on the film website.

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Amar Akbar and Tony

2015
04.01

Here’s a trail for a BFI backed comedy feature film I mixed. It was shot in West London- which is never an easy place for location sound- many arterial roads, planes overhead on their way to/from Heathrow . The location sound was well recorded with many wildtracks and once again Izootope’s RX4 advanced came to the fore. Always satisfying to be able to shrink the ADR, keep the onset performances as much as possible and have time to really hone the sound design.

It opens in UK cinemas 17th APril 2015. Click here for more Info via the film Site

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We Are The Freaks

2014
06.01

Billed as ‘A surreal and anarchic anti-teen film about three misfits having the night of their lives.’- set in 90s Birmingham against the backdrop of Margaret Thatchers Resignation’. It Premieres at Edinburgh Film Festival 9:10PM 22nd June. More Details on this and future screenings etc on the We Are The Freaks FaceBook Page

I supervised the dialogue edit, shot the foley and mixed them ready for Vincent Watts to work his magic as he ran the final mix of his effects and score (a fun mix of 90s trance and classical orchestration) This was our second feature with Justin Edgar- always good to get repeat work 🙂

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Future Suspended

2014
02.26

I mixed this doc- directed by Ross Domoney. I thought it was an interesting perspective on what is happening in Greece and what austerity feels like on the ground. It was a very fast turn around project with minimal time for additional sound design but this suited the project as it worked with the score to gave the film the feeling of a dream-scape.

Future Suspended (english) from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

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Pantomime

2013
12.21

For those of you in the UK and not panic buying Christmas gifts from the 24/7 Tesco’s garage- this is playing on BBC4 tomorrow at 9:25PM (Part of the Storyville strand to which I have an addiction). I enjoyed mixing it it and think it is well worth a watch. Am also pleasantly surprised that something I worked on not only got pick of the day from the highbrow papers- Times, Guardian and Telegraph- but also the Radio Times and TV choice (my gran would be proud.)

Even if you miss this, you should check out director Jeanie Finlay’s work by visiting her website via this link- YOU COULD EVEN BUY A LAST MINUTE FILM PRESENT THERE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE

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Puma: ‘Arsenal Zipper’ Advert

2013
11.30

I recorded sound and tracklayed/mixed this viral for Puma. We only had a 15 minute window of opportunity to record Arsene Wenger in the Emirates stadium, so made use of a body double. Here we are in a bit of down time.

SG_and_ArseneWengerBodyDouble

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Janapar

2013
02.26

Janapar: Official Trailer from Janapar Film on Vimeo.

Here’s a fun adventure doc I worked on that has been self distributed by the producer-James Newton and director- Tom Allen. It has been eye opening and heartening to look at how something initial self shot has steadily gained momentum through word of mouth/ prizes picked up in various festivals. A very different distribution model from projects I have worked on before. Visit the Janapar film website for more.

I handled the dialogue edit and pre-mix (tough gig cleaning up sound shot on whatever gear you can take with you on a bike). Vincent Watts wrote the score and handled the final mix.

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The Liability

2013
01.23

Below is the trail for this UK road movie staring Tim Roth, Jack O’Connell and Peter Mullan. Cinema release date 23rd Feb. I walked/shot the foley and handled the UK side of the ADR. A busy/messy few days in the foley studio as quite a lot of chase scenes through muddy forests, a couple of fights- a lot of prop work.

Strong performance as you would expect from Tim Roth on-screen and in ADR booth, Jack O’Connell looks to be going places as he moves from Skins and onto the big screen.

 

 

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Heesen: Monaco AV Event

2012
10.05

Heesen Yachts from locosoho on Vimeo.

Here is a stereo version of another gig working for Locomotion. The brief was to create a surround sound mix for an event in Monaco selling Heesen yachts https://www.heesenyachts.com that would really grab peoples attention (BTW for Yacht substitute top spec ocean going condo) The VO artist apparently dubs George Clooney in Italian- pretty silky! I tracklayed it from home and mixed it myself in the Dubbing theatre at Metfilm with the client. We had a lot of fun in the dub throwing sounds around the room in ways that aren’t usually done in theatrical mixes.