Hello hello and welcome back !

As we delved further into term 4, we were winding down with the visuals and were able to start focusing on getting our ADR down and our soundtrack finished up!

On the suggestion of our interaction designer, Nick Lenko, we got the help of the very talented, Ben Ozga, a VFS Sound Design graduate, and brother of our fellow EBMer, Daisy Ozga.

We met early last week with our lead actor, Brennan MacGregor and our director Michael Chase, and journeyed as Brennan would say “…from terrified, to terrified, to dead.”

Working with Ben was a wonderful experience.  He was able to walk into a studio he’d never been in before, set everything up in a half hour and get us going.  He explained everything to Brennan and the rest of us, letting us know what he was doing along the way, and it was awesome to get to see the sound board in action!

We started simple with a few “breath” takes to get Brennan into the mood, and then started working on his lines.  Luckily enough for us, this film has very little dialogue, so he quickly nailed that, and we were able to move on to the more complicated stuff.

….And wouldn’t you know, puking on microphone is just as challenging as puking on camera!  We had to do the take a few times, but it was a lot of fun watching him, watch himself and trying to match the acting with the voice, but he’s a star and pulled it off like a pro — Great work Brennan!

Last but certainly not least, we had to recreate the scene where Joseph offers himself to C’Thulhu and gets devoured.  To create the perfect terrified scream was a bit of a challenge, we really wanted to recreate the feeling of Joseph being eaten alive, and as hard as it was for him to do it in front of a green screen, here we were in a dark sound studio.

We tried a few different styles and a few different lengths and eventually found our happy medium — a mix of angst, fear and sheer terror.   It took a couple of tries to make sure he didn’t go too loud but we got it and I can’t wait to see it with the film with the soundtrack!

Thanks for reading — see you again soon!

P