Thursday, July 27, 2017

STORY's Ky Dickens Captures the Love Between Dogs and Their Owners in Beneful Campaign

CHICAGO—STORY’s Ky Dickens has directed a new campaign for Nestlé Purina’s Beneful where real dog owners—and real dogs—discuss what they love about the healthy, “grain-free” dog food. Conceived by Deep Focus, New York and Lapiz, Chicago, the three spots show dogs and their owners playing in verdant outdoor settings. The owners talk about the importance of good nutrition to their pets’ health. The dogs describe their ardor for the “farm-raised chicken” featured in the product. “That’s my number one thing to eat,” says a border collie named Charlie.




All of the human-canine pairs featured in the spots are actual dog owners and their pets. Dickens found them through a general casting call in Austin, Texas, where the commercials were shot. “We were looking for people who are active and health conscious,” she explains. “These are people who take their dogs hiking in the mountains and swimming in local lakes.”

During the shoot, Dickens encouraged the owners to play with their dogs as they would naturally, and she also conducted off-the-cuff interviews. “You could tell immediately if there was chemistry between the dog and the owner,” she recalls. “There are things you do with your dog when you really love her, sweet things, and I wanted to be sure to capture those moments.”



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Teams with Beatstreet NYC for “Welcome to the Wayne”

Westchester, New York— The animated series Welcome to the Wayne recently debuted on Nickelodeon, becoming the network’s first original series to move from digital to broadcast, having originally launched in 2014 as a series of shorts on Nick App and Nick.com. Created by Billy Lopez, the show centers on two 10-year-old boys living in a Manhattan high-rise, dubbed The Wayne, where they are involved in all manner of wild adventures.


Beatstreet NYC had been developing the audio soundscape for Welcome to the Wayne from the when the show was a 2-minute test. As a result of the test, it grew into a 6-episode web series. When Nickelodeon decided to turn it into a TV series, Beatstreet’s Bobb Barito called on Alchemy to help with Foley. 

The show’s sound team, led by supervising sound editor Bobb Barito, re-recording mixer Matt Longoria and the Foley team from Alchemy Post Sound, have a lot to do with bringing the fantastically crazy world inhabited by the boys to life. They are charged with coming up with a cornucopia of sounds to support the show’s loopy characters, eccentric environments and oddball gadgets. Considerable care is given to each detail of the soundscape, right down to the idiosyncratic footsteps made by the principal characters.

“The show has so many colors and there’s so much going on in each episode that it’s hard to sum up as just one thing,” says Barito. “We have monsters, gadgets, machines…it’s everything from big, cinematic action scenes to slapstick humor. We mesh it all together into a coherent sound design that helps tell and elevate the story.”

Even for an animated series, Welcome to the Wayne features an unusual number of custom sound effects. Barito says that he particularly enjoys inventing sounds for the makeshift tools and devices that are a signature element of the show. “The kids are involved in solving mysteries and they use gadgets that are all toy-based,” Barito explains. “One character has this funny grappling hook. We didn’t want it to sound too heavy or high tech, so we used comical ratchet sounds. Another character, Saraline, has a device called Snatch Adams that grabs objects using a pair of retractable claws. We used actual toy sounds for that.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Baby Driver”: Sound Designer Julian Slater Creates a Syncopated Soundtrack for TriStar Hit

CULVER CITY, CALIF.Baby Driver, the critically-acclaimed new film from TriStar Pictures and Writer/Director Edgar Wright, centers on a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who suffers from tinnitus, a medical condition that causes him to hear a constant ringing in his ears. He copes with the problem by listening to music at high volume through earbuds. For much of the film, the audience experiences the action from Baby’s perspective. So, they hear the music that he hears (including tracks by Beck, Dave Brubeck and the Beach Boys) while the action around him happens in perfect sync.

The task of creating Baby’s aural landscape presented unique challenges and opportunities for the film’s sound team led by Julian Slater, who acted as Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer. Slater and his crew produced hundreds of customized sound effects and carefully choreographed each one to fit perfectly with the action on screen and the groove flowing into Baby’s ears.



IBC News: CARTONI to Launch MASTER 65, “Smart Deployment System” Tripod and More

ROME – CARTONI, developer of innovative camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will present at IBC 2017 (14 -18 September in Amsterdam) a new tripod system and significant expansions to its MASTER, MAXIMA and LAMBDA lines of fluid heads. CARTONI will be exhibiting at Stand 12.E30.
CARTONI will also debut for Europe a new patent concept for enabling 360° Dutch rotation in nodal mode: TOTAL DUTCH, a revolutionary head design for creating the ultimate in Dutch angle compositions. After setting the standard in 2000 with its famed Cartoni Dutch head, Cartoni has expanded the canted angle capability with total 360-degree rotation.
The TOTAL DUTCH head can be mounted on any existing heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.
Other debut highlights include the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, MASTER 65 and MASTER 30 broadcast and studio heads, MAXIMA 30 Digital cinematography head, and a 3rd Axis for new Lambda 25.
Continuing its history of innovation, CARTONI’s new heads were developed to accommodate today’s most popular camera systems, both large and small, and provide maximum flexibility in the use of lenses and other accessories. “We’re very excited about technical advancements we were able to achieve in our new tripod and heads,” said CARTONI President and CEO Elisabetta Cartoni. “They were designed with direct feedback from operators worldwide and include a number of patented features that continue our legacy of advancing the art and science of image capture.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Julia Merrill Joins Nine Mile Circle as Executive Producer

Nine Mile Circle, which provides editorial, finishing, sound and color services for commercials, television and film, has hired Julia Merrill as executive producer. Merrill, whose background includes nine years as a writer/producer for Cartoon Network, will lead client relations, business development and project management. She will also work with Nine Mile Circle editor and owner Kyle Kramb in implementing the company’s further expansion plans, including a move to a larger facility this fall.

Kramb cited Merrill’s experience in production and post, great reputation and enthusiasm in welcoming her to the Nine Mile team. “We’re excited to have Julia join us,” he said. “We believe our clients are going to benefit greatly from her dedication, knowledge and efficiency, and they will love her passion for the creative process.”


Merrill has worked in Atlanta’s media and entertainment industry for 15 years. A graduate of Georgia State University, she joined Cartoon Network in 2002. There, she wrote and produced promos and other broadcast media for the network’s shows and for advertising partners, including McDonald’s and Sony Pictures. For the past three years, she has worked as a freelance writer, producer and project manager, handling a wide range assignments for local agencies, producers, post houses and digital studios. She began her career as an editor.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Weaves an Intricate Web of Sound for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.— In Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, the movie’s colorful cast of characters, impressive gadgetry and thrilling action created plenty of opportunities for its veteran sound team to flex their creative muscles. Sony Pictures Post Production Services assembled an all-star lineup of sound talent for the project led by Supervising Sound Editors Eric Norris (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel) and Steven Ticknor (Spider-Man, The Lincoln Lawyer), Academy Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell (Hacksaw Ridge, Transformers), Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer Tony Lamberti (Ghostbusters, Inglourious Basterds) and Foley Artist Gary Hecker (Justice League, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3).
“It was a high-octane crew,” says Ticknor. “As a team, we blended well, everyone contributed and the ideas flowed seamlessly.”


Spider Man: Homecoming



Monday, July 10, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Delivers Shattering Foley Effects for Heist Film “Good Time”

Westchester, New York—Good Time, the new thriller from directors Benny and Josh Safdie, tells the story of a bank heist gone wrong. The film, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has attracted wide critical acclaim, stars Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, a thief who robs a bank in Queens as part of an ill-conceived scheme to get his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley effects for the film, supporting its riveting action, vivid imagery and dark humor with creative sound. Working under the direction of Supervising Sound Editor Ryan M. Price, MPSE, and Re-Recording Mixer Evan Mangiamele, the Alchemy team (consisting of Foley artists Leslie Bloome and Joanna Fang and Foley mixers Ryan Collison and Nicholas Seaman) produced a vast assortment of custom sounds in preparing the film for festival screenings.