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Disco Destroyer

Wow, one of my favorite pieces that I’ve had the pleasure to work on!  This is one of two pilot pieces hoping to find a network home on which to air.  Love everything about them; the story, the animation & the art direction are all awesome in my book.  I did all of the sound editing and mixing for this piece.  I’d say this was about 3 days of editing and a full day of mixing plus notes from the clients, which were always, “bigger and louder”.  Enjoy!  : )

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ALMOST

ALMOST is a lovely short film I recently edited and mixed with lots of great help from the Skysound foley crew. A great piece about about that innocent transitional time in a child’s life. I really enjoy independent pieces like this and being part of them. This film is on its way to the LA Shorts Film Fest possibly Sundance and other great festivals.

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Army of 2 Trailer

Here is a fun piece I edited and mixed for the EA folks during the end of 2012. Crazy big action and big music! Was a real challenge to get any sfx to pop thru on this one. This piece is a great example of a current trend I like to refer to as “one mix fits all”. This is where I’m mixing a full range 5.1 and a limited range stereo version for “youtube” concurrently, as there simply is no time to work on them separately. Now I have some tricks where I can limit and eq the “youtube” version a bit more, however in essence they are the same mix. So much for the old Aura tones. Todays its all about laptops!

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The Force Unleashed 2 “Snow” :30

Here is a spot I had the pleasure to do all of the sound editorial, sfx design and mix on.  Dare I refer to a project like this as a “TV” spot anymore as all of this media is used in so many avenues now.  I’m never really sure of the life span of it.  There are  still times that they go to broadcast only.  Although more often than not, the same spots are now used in broadcast, internet sites, large conferences and media events and more.  This can make these projects quite a challenge to mix!   Basically I find that I  have to work to the lowest common denominator.  Which I believe has actually gotten lower since the rise of the internet age.

These days instead of full bandwidth mono with 10 – 12 db of dynamic range playing over a small tv speaker in someones living room.  We now have deal with lossy data compression,  pseudo stereo,  8 – 10 db of dynamic range playing over even smaller laptop speakers with less amplification and in a huge variety of environments!  I have to admit that sometimes we are given the opportunity to mix multiple versions, however more often than not, its a one size fits all scenario.  This being the case, I rarely will limit the frequency output of the final product much.  Rather I let the playback medium itself dictate the response curve.

This spot is one of these one for all versions.  I think it turned out well, however there is plenty of detail that you don’t get on your laptop speakers.  So, if possible, check it out on something larger!  : )

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The Old Republic Trailer 2

This is the 2nd trailer that was created by Blur in Santa Monica for the upcoming Bioware and Lucasarts joint venture title The Old Republic. This was another intense project with lots of action and amazing visuals to match sound to.  I was in the middle of production on The Force Unleashed 2 as this one came down, so I enlisted some editorial help from my friend Pete Horner.  Other editorial work was done by the talented guys at LEC including Tom Bible and David Collins.

This trailer was mixed on a Digidesign D-command and three separate ProTools rigs in a “Pod” room at Skywalker Sound.  We set up the Fx and Foley on one machine, the Dialog and Music on another for playback and recorded to a third rig.  The D-command makes it really easy to control multiple machines from one control surface.  We also used Synergy to make switching between the multiple machines a snap.  Enjoy!

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The Old Republic Trailer

Trailer for The Old Republic, an upcoming title co-produced by LucasArts and Bioware.

This is the first trailer for the newly announced  MMORG from Bioware and LucasArtsThe Old Republic.  It was a super fun and very rewarding project to work on.

I was a foley editor, sound effects editor and the re-recording mixer for this piece.  The concept and animation was created but the guys at Blur, who led by Dave Wilson, did an amazing job.   Not unlike so many other jobs, the video was delivered to us very close to the air date, giving the sound team about a week to do the sound editorial, ADR (for all of the warriors), foley and the mixing.  This was a lot to accomplish in that time frame.

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Lego Indy 2

My crew and I recently finished working on the Indiana Jones LEGO 2 video game for TT games and Lucas Arts.

For the past few months I’ve been supervising the sound editorial and mixing of the cut-scenes for this exciting follow up to the huge hit from last year, on which I performed the same tasks.  This year we had 83 cut-scene movies with an average of 35 seconds each.  I enlisted the help of 3 trusted friends and co-workers, Pete Horner, Tom Syslo and Jeremy Bowker  to get the job done well and on time.  The game looks really amazing this year and the cut-scenes were super fun to work on.

Three of us worked at Skywalker Sound, while Tom remained in L.A.  I built a custom Filemaker pro database which tracked all of the moving parts of the project. … More

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Pandora Web Spots

Over the summer I created sound design and mixed a series of 4 spots for the popular web radio site Pandora.  The spots were created by my old friend Nick Seuser and his company 129 films.  Nick and his crew did a really amazing job of promoting Pandora and the music heard on the site without using any of the artists original music!  These spots were created very quickly but it does not show.  I had a great time working on these.

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The Simpsons Movie

This is a snippet from The Simpsons Movie for which I cut some sound effects. I worked on this film as a sound editor and an assistant sound editor for a period of time. It was an extremely busy film to work on! The producers and writers made lots changes throughout the course of making this film. Often major changes came down while mixing, which is rare for a film. That made for an extremely busy time on the 2 mix stages while I was working on the show.

Many of the fantastic sound effects cut for this films’ soundtrack unfortunately never made it into the final mix. In this case an amazing team was hired and headed by sound designer and mixer Chris Scrabosio.

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The Batman

I worked on The Batman, the animated series that aired on The kids WB for 3 series.  I truly loved working on this show, regardless of  how challenging it was.  I was a sound effects editor for this series working with the seasoned pros at Hacienda Post in Los Angeles.  I received 3 Emmys awards, 4 Emmy nominations, and 1 Golden Reel award while editing sound for this show.  Every episode was an adventure and more exciting than the last. … More