Archive for March, 2009

Four

Posted in Current Projects, Four with tags , on March 31, 2009 by conorsound

Four

Independent Film

Back in October of 2008, I went to Europe to perform production sound duties.  The film was shot in four different cities (Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Chicago).  Post-Production sound is about to begin.  I will be having a spotting session with the director shortly.  Then the sound duties will be divided amongst my sound team and I.  I recorded a bunch of sound effects while over there.  I will post them on here shortly as I start preparing background sound effects for the film.

Here’s the website for the film.  The trailer, updates, pictures, cast, and crew listings will be found within.

http://fourthemotionpicture.com/home.htm

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Father of the Flame Day 4

Posted in Father of the Flame Production with tags on March 27, 2009 by conorsound

Halfway through the shoot already.  Just got to keep going.

Here’s a wind sound effect I recorded on set day 1 of production:

Wind sfx

Father of the Flame Days 1-3

Posted in Father of the Flame Production on March 25, 2009 by conorsound

Production sound

– Days 1-3 –

I’ve been performing the production sound duties on this independent film.  I much rather prefer to just focus on post-production sound but I feel owe a favor to the director.  This is an intense shoot for an independent film.  I’m learning even more headaches that come with making a movie for production sound.  Sound always suffers on the independent project.  We don’t have the luxury of shooting on a sound stage.

I recorded some sound effects on set on the 1st day that I’ll post on here very soon

Bleach – Recycling Sound Effects

Posted in TV shows on March 20, 2009 by conorsound

Bleach

-Japanese Anime-

Another new show I have started to watch (courtesy of hulu.com) is a Japanese animated show called Bleach.  I watch very few anime; however,  my favorite that I still currently watch is Naruto.  People recommended that I would like Bleach after hearing that I enjoy Naruto thoroughly.

I’ve watched 13 episodes of Bleach so far.  The content revolves around the afterlife and how certain people can see dead souls.  The story is engaging;however, sound in the show has been a disappointment.  Bleach heavily relies on evils demons called hollows.  The main character, Ichigo, can see them and becomes a soul reaper with the help of a friend.  There are encounters/battles with hollows in the majority of episodes.  The makers recycle the same sound effect for the hollow rouring/snarling/yelling/ect…  By doing this, individual hollows lose their unique existence to the show (the only thing that changes is the voice but they tend to use the same vocal effect also).  I understand budget and time could have been a factor in making this decision to recycle the same sound effect.  This sound effect takes me out of the story at points.  Sound is ideally not supposed to distract the audience.  In the end, I’m not the average listener when watching a movie or show.  I wonder if an average viewer would be distracted by recycled sound effects?

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Ghostbusters II:  A movie I noticed that recycled a monster growl sound effect for different ghosts (including the main ghost, Vigo, at the end twice!!).  Listen Carefully to 3:52 and 4:52

Father of the Flame

Posted in Current Projects, Father of the Flame Production on March 17, 2009 by conorsound

Father of the Flame

-Independent Film-

Pre-production is over.  We start shooting Friday.   I got hired for production and post sound on this film since it’s hard to come by a lot of sound guys in our network.  This is quite the ambitious shoot since we’re shooting with the Red Camera.  I’ll post more updates when shooting begins.

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The Wire

Posted in TV shows with tags , , on March 14, 2009 by conorsound

– The Wire –

HBO Series

The Wire had been recommended to me from numerous people for a while now. It has certainly not disappointed me. I’m currently midway through season 4. There are several aspects of show that have caught my attention: lack of music, controversial themes, and the evolution through each season especially in the title sequence. That is just a short list.

Title Sequence:

Each season showcases a different version of “Way Down in the Hole.” Season 2 features the original version by Tom Waits. The visuals also change corresponding with the theme of each season.

Lack of Music:

Generally, the only music in the show is source music (one or two episodes they cheat it a little bit). Meaning the music that the characters are listening to, mainly in their cars. This leaves a lot of open room for sound effects particularly backgrounds which is essential to the show. Backgrounds dictate what part of Baltimore that characters are in. The show frequently shows the different POVs (the drug lords, detectives/cops, political figures, citzens, junkies ect….). This clip is where a junkie character, named bubbles, walks through a street tagged Hamsterdam. In a experiment to clean up certain parts of Baltimore, the Cops have legalized drugs on this street. Notice that this scene could easily be filled with dramatic music to enhance Bubbles subjective view.

Themes: Main ones that are explored that I feel are important

  • War on Drugs
  • Drug Addiction
  • Corruption (mainly within the police system, political system, prison system)
  • Privacy
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Adultery
  • Homosexuality
  • Power struggle

Book on Foley

Posted in Reading material with tags , , , on March 13, 2009 by conorsound

The Foley Grail by Vanessa Theme Ament

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There are very few quality books on the craft of sound alone.  This one dives into a specific sound element: Foley.  A film, tv show, game ect… is made up of sound elements (or predubs) to create the final mix.  Foley is recorded in post-production and involves “sweetening” or sonically creating what the actor is doing or touching.  Vanessa Ament, the author, is a seasoned pro in the craft.  The professional credits are endless.  She reveals what happens behind the scenes.  Her words are inspiring and insightful.  She emphsizes on bringing your past experiences and passions into you’re present art work.  This is a great read for anyone that is interested in post-production sound.