When I was contacted by DCode Films (Producer Giovanni Mancini and Director Moe Charif), to help with the sound design for a Teaser-Trailer based on the Video Game, DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION, I saw a great opportunity to implement everything that I’ve learned during the past year at HOBO AUDIO. In a couple of days I had to recreate the teaser atmosphere, bring in new SFX, edit the dialogue and mix. The teaser has now reached over 300K views on YouTube and DCode Films is currently working on a short film version!
Check out the trailer!
As my Aunt Ida exclaimed, “monsters going to university?! Ridiculous”. Well, never say never because that’s what’s happening next year. As a big fan of Pixar, I’m always super pumped for one of their releases. That’s when I get to dress up as Mr. Incredible and go see the next edition of aural and visual coolness they’ve created. What a catalogue, Monsters Inc., Wall-E, and now Monsters University. Working on one of those films is a sound designer’s dream for they give you an open canvas to bring a compelling and believable soundscape to a world of creatures, machines and environments that have no natural sounds of their own. The visuals pull you into their world but the sound work brings it to life.
I’m especially looking forward to hearing how the monsters sound. Not just their roar when on the job scaring kids but the details of their body movements, various vocalizations, and any other special powers they might have. Monsters Inc. had some really awesome and unique sound design and I have a feeling Monsters University will take it to a whole new degree and that’s no BS.
Summer of 2013, hurry up and get here. In the mean time, check out the trailer…
A few weeks ago, I made the trek from NYC to Paramus, NJ to have a listen to the newest audio format for Cinema, Dolby Atmos! Now I have to say, I was like a kid on their way to a candy store, I could not wait to hear the new sound, plus get to see the new Pixar movie, Brave. I was so excited I almost forgot I had to drive to New Jersey just to hear it! (What’s that about?!)
Now 5.1 and 7.1 are still awesome formats for listening to movies, and they have opened the doors for sound designers to have a lot of fun sonically. BUT, where having up to 8 channels is pretty cool, Dolby Atmos redefines the concept of channels and focuses instead on plotting sound effects individually in a 3D space by utilizing a combinations of 64 speakers! This was made possible by introducing ceiling speakers, which allow the audio to float anywhere around the room. It feels as though you are immersed in the movie and really compliments the 3D visuals.
Brave was amazing, and without giving anything away, there are some intense fight sequences and lots of arrows that whiz by! If you have a car, a zipcar, like long bike rides, or live in Jersey, check out Brave in Paramus, you wont be disappointed! (Also, keep your ears open for the Disney logo, the rainbow over your head is pretty cool!) Enjoy!
How better to spend a rainy Tuesday night in Manhattan than hobnobbing with NYC and LA’s finest group of Commercial Producers @ AICP (aka the ‘Producers Prom’). Though there is no photo evidence of the HOBO crew there, we were and looking fancy to boot (and according to the blank stares we got from many of our clients, it is hard to recognize a hobo all gussied up in a suit). Now to most audiophiles, the sound of 2000 people all talking loudly in a large (yet beautiful) cement room, is anything but pleasing to the ear. But to most slightly intoxicated audiophiles, who cares! We had a blast catching up with everyone and can’t wait to do it again next year (with a camera). Thanks AICP for letting us audio engineers mix with our friends and clients in such a beautiful space.
Really excited for the next installment of the 007 series. The latest film, Skyfall, dropped their first trailer last week and OMG! Not only do the icy blue eyes of Daniel Craig draw you in, but the trailers sound editing is awesome. It always amazes me when minimalistic sound choices can drive a story line. Even without hearing the action, you immediately get an adrenalin rush!! AHHHH!!!!! Its even a nice difference to not hear the theme song the whole way through; just a hint at the end to really bring it home.