Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pro Audio Books

There's nothing quite like summertime reading! The most recent Tonebenders podcast touched upon various audio books on the market. The podcast also features an interview with Ric Viers (skip ahead to the 12-minute mark), author of The Sound Effects Bible, an awesome book that I still have on my bookshelf. Give it a listen:

I know I'm always looking to learn new stuff: tips, tricks and techniques. So having resources to draw from such as these is great.

If you still want something interesting to read, but don't plan to go out and pick up one of the books recommend in the podcast, check out this essay from Benjamin Wright - Footsteps with character: the art and craft of Foley.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shout-out to the great team at Dony & Pony

Want to take a moment to congratulate John, Dave and everyone and Dog & Pony for their profile in Mix magazine.

John took a chance on hiring me when I was fresh out of school and it's great to see that the studio he built up is getting some well-deserved national press.

While I don't long for the desert heat of Vegas, I miss the crew there and all the sounds coming out of the studio on a daily basis.

Randy Thom on the sound design of How to Train Your Dragon 2

Like many people in post sound, I greatly admire the work of sound designer Randy Thom. He's one of the best in my opinion about sharing his knowledge with the world, which is sometimes rare for someone as talented as he is.

For the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Randy gave an excellent interview with NPR. If you have the time to visit my little blog, then it's definitely worth your time to give it a listen!

For anybody else who's fascinated by what Randy has to say, I highly recommend this Soundworks Collection video profile of Flight. It's one of the best Soundworks has done because Randy really takes the time to breakdown the sound design and the thought process behind it.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Common Grounds SFX

I recently wrapped up work on Common Grounds. Written and directed by Kris Roselli, this 35 minute short film focuses on two friends that come into contact with each other for the first time since a tragic childhood accident that defined both of their lives.

I edited the sound effects on the film and I'd like to thank producer Tierney Boorboor for getting me involved on this project.

In addition to cutting a Russian roulette scene, one thing that stood out for me was getting to record/edit some Foley for the main character's notebook that is an important part of the story.

Re-recording mixer Michael 'Gonzo" Gandsey did an amazing job with the final mix and I'm hopeful that the film will be screened in Portland sometime this year.

For the time being, I'm stoked that the film will be premiering at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival this June.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Timbers Crowd Field Recordings

Since I started working for Comcast SportsNet, I've realized that I've been neglecting my blog! However, I recently had a fun field recording experience I wanted to share.

Some of the very first recordings I ever captured were from the hoop and key mics I'd set up at McArthur Court during Ducks basketball games. I've recently been covering Portland Timbers home games for CSNNW, and I wanted to capture some of the great crowds at Providence Park.

I left my Zoom H1 set up in the in the press box, positioned out of an open window and aimed across the field at the Timbers Army.
I did have some issues with other media people talking in the background during some of the better recordings, which is to be expected since I had the mic in a public place. What I'd like to attempt next is to position a shotgun mic at the Timbers army section from the press box, perhaps hanging out of the box.

Anyway, for not having a bunch of gear with me to position around the field, there were some nice surprises that came from the recordings. Although because of the almost constant drumming, even the good distant perspective cheering/booing reactions aren't practical to use on a project.

Here are a few of the recordings to check out: