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Town Of Runners


I have been working hard on Jerry Rothwell’s latest feature doc -dialogue edit/premix and deliverables. Click here for the film website. The film looks at an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu.

Good human interest story- primarily told from the perspective of two young girls, their family and coach- it follows grass roots sports-a long way away from the razzmatazz of the approaching London Olympics.

The coach came over for the screening and having seen UK sports facilities was amazed that the UK doesn’t clean up at all distances! Think it gives testament to the sheer hard work and expertise shown by people like him at the ground level.

From a sound geek perspective, this was the first set of TV deliverables I mastered ready for the new R128 andATSC A/85 loudness specs. Initial impressions are favourable. It involved a bit more work than the old method,but I was able to produce mixes that- while compressed sufficiently for home sets (you can hear key dialogue without struggling when it is not cranked up)- kept its dynamic range in key sections. The races which would previously had been flattened for broadcast were allowed to keep much of the excitement of the theatrical(cinema) mix. All good. Trailer below

Interested to see how it fares before it’s terrestrial debuts (was backed by C4 and ITVS), so far it has been selected for Sheffield doc fest and Tribeca.