professional editing and mixing with Logic

professional editing and mixing with Logic

Recently we finished the final sound design and mix of Anomaly with the talented Brett Hammond of Studio 11211! Brett cleaned up the location sound tracks, added SFX and foley, and mixed all the levels. It’s often said that film audiences will forgive flawed visuals, but have a hard time time focusing when the audio is inconsistent. How true!

another good tool in the box, Izotope

another good tool in the box, Izotope

One of the main challenges with this documentary was gathering the sound from our various characters in more than 26 different shooting locations and polishing it to seem like the same acoustic “space.” There was a dramatic before-and-after improvement that made it all more uniform and easy on the ears! Maybe we’ll post a few demo clips down the road. :)  Brett was a skilled and intuitive collaborator, with a fantastic ear for sound, and simply delightful to work with! Check out his various film and audio projects at Studio 11211.

Can you find the anomaly? ;)

Can you find the anomaly? ;)

“I was born in a small town in West Virginia. On my birth certificate, in the line for color, I was unidentified…”

Oh boy was I in the hot seat the other day! Standing in front of the microphone re-recording my final narration was a learning experience. I had no idea the mouth was such a noisy creature! Thankfully J. Armen was doing audio editing, so he could edit and de-emphasize the pops, crackles and breath sounds. And objectively help me pick out the best takes!

Overall, it was not nearly as icky as it had seemed in my mind (picture going to the dentist) – the anticipation is worse than the actual experience itself. And I’m so glad/relieved that it sounds much better and more professional than the temporary voiceovers!

P.S. And happy new year to all of you! We hope everyone has a fabulous 2009, and that we’ll see you in person at a screening this year. :)   -JCD