On May 30th, a new and slightly untraditional comic book series called M3 was released. “What makes this untraditional you say?” Well, M3 features a powerful and independent woman who has NO superpowers. She just kicks some serious behind with her own strength and abilities. “With a comic book like this, shouldn’t there be a trailer with epic and powerful sound design?” It just so happens that Erica Schultz, author of M3, asked Hobo Audio to sound design the trailer. What self respecting engineer wouldn’t jump on the opportunity to create some sonically pleasing sounds?!
Since this is a comic book trailer, there isn’t live action, right? Which means, it’s not your typical sound design job. It was my job to bring real life sound to a series of illustrations. With the audio, I had to “fill in the gaps” and imply movement that wasn’t visually there. I was up for the challenge.
Before I go into detail, play down the trailer so I don’t spoil it for you….Play Trailer…done? Great.
Take the scene where M3 breaks out of her handcuffs and throws a mean right hook to the FBI agent (:35). When approaching the scene, I first imagined what it would sound/look like in real life. I then brainstormed the sounds I wanted to use and how it would add depth while implying the action of the illustrations. I also knew it needed to be a little larger than life. The audio needed to show M3’s strength as portrayed in the comic. She’s a strong gal so having a subtle and wimpy punch wouldn’t do her justice. For example, the impact to the FBI Agents face showed the audience that she knows how to throw a good right hook. Nothing like a juicy punch!
Well friends, thats just a glance at how I approached sound designing the M3 trailer. Thanks for reading. To check out the awesomeness that is M3, click here!