February started out with an MMA event by FightKing. This event was a lot of fun as I got to work with Brad Olsen, Zachary Marsh, Matheus Oliviera & Miriam Rolim. Together we caught the whole 3+ hour event on 4 cameras & I got to stretch out my production sound skills and capture the whole event in 5.1 Surround Sound. The event was really well put together and I’m looking forward to doing some more events for FightKing.
The next Friday, my friend Matheus asked if I’d like to do a 30 second commercial for Jones Soda‘s ‘WhoopAss’ Energy Drink. I headed over to Matheus’ house and we came up with the storyboard and later that evening, secured the location & brought some of the pro MMA fighters, featuring Jason South, Koffi Adzitso, John Ramirez from the FightKing event & Kevin ’Bricksandwich’ Campbell, to be our talent. We setup at 8pm on Saturday and began filming at 9pm until about 1am. On Sunday evening (and within 20 hours of shooting the commercial), we had it edited, scored, sound design, colorized & sfx finished and ready to submit. That was a fun challenge. You can view the WhoopAss Energy Drink commercial here: WhoopAss Energy Drink Commercial
Since then I have been very fortunate to have been busy editing, sound designing, fixing bad audio and just keeping busy with my audio services. The thing I have the most fun doing is creating 5.1 surround mixes… but one thing I have noticed is that SOOOOOOooooooo many filmmakers here in Utah are oblivious to the fact that a film’s soundscape is just as important as it’s visuals. (Unless you’re making a silent film, of course). There are HD channels for a reason people!… and it’s not just for the 1080! Anyways…. I could go on forever about that, but let’s move on…
X96′s Radio From Hell Film Festival was a blast! I was involved with one of the 5 minute shorts called ‘Session 1138′ written & directed by Mario DeAngelis of Salty Horror Film Festival, starring Renny Grames (congrats to Renny for winning x96 Radio From Hell ’Best Actress’ award!) & Allan Groves who might’ve won best actor… if he didn’t have a gag in his mouth the whole film. Congrats to all the participants and winners of the x96RFHFF!
Right after the film fest ended, Ilustre Films & Sound|Speeding got together with Sohrab Mirmontazeri & Renny Grames to shoot a quick promo for their feature, ‘Blue Door‘. A few days later Sohrab and I shot another little promo with Larry Filion. (I hope your clicking on these links… as there’s some pretty funny stuff on a few of them).
Trilogy Productions‘ – Afternoon Of Short’s at Brewvies Cinema Pub was great. A real decent turnout and I got to see a lot of friends I had the previous pleasures of working with. I thought I had worked on 3 films screening at this event… turns out I worked on 5 of them. I’m wishing that the event had taken advantage of the house 5.1 system… but there wasn’t enough notice to work it out. Hopefully, next time they can plan ahead for the rich, realistic depth of surround sound because it really helps keep the viewer’s attention ’into it’. Or better yet, call me and I’ll take care of the sound! = )
Looking forward to finish up what March has planned then moving on to an even busier April!
Hmmm… while I’m here I should let you filmmakers know…
If your film has a screening or film festival coming up and you would like to have a nice 5.1 Surround Sound mix to match your beautiful HD video, let me know. I can turn things around pretty fast for you and you’ll have a hard copy DVD to duplicate at will! Call or hit me up on facebook for details!