Thursday, December 1, 2016

Film Update: Winter 2016


Some news about recent film projects featuring sound design and original music we've created at Junior Birdman Audio:



OH DEER

On December 8th, the 2016 Minnesota Electronic Theater showcase will premiere "Oh Deer". This comedic animated short celebrates an ongoing collaboration between my studio Junior Birdman Audio and the animation/ design house Rockne.Digital. The idea germinated as a brief 4 or 5 second holiday greeting that we could send out this winter, but rapidly mutated into an ambitious tale of inept adventure reminiscent of "Wallace and Gromit". I provided all things audio, from an original musical score to sound edit and final mix.

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PERSONAL SPACE

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and Hollywood Just4Shorts recently screened "Personal Space", a short film I sound edited and mixed in 2015. Continuing a successful festival run after sweeping the major awards including Best of Fest at its Z-Fest premiere, it recently won Best Short Film at Hollywood Just4Shorts.

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DEUX CHAMPS

An experimental short documentary concerning a double exposure of Marcel Duchamp, Deux Champs has been making quite the festival rounds lately. Here's a complete list of screenings to date:

Analogica Film Festival, Italy, 2016 (upcoming)
Weyauwega Film Festival, Wisconsin, 2016
Antimatter Media Art Festival, Victoria B.C., 2016
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, 2016
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, 2016
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, 2016
Anthology Film Archives, New Filmmakers, New York, 2015
Compliance Division, Portland, 2015

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OUT IN THE COLD



I mixed this documentary feature back in 2015, and it's now available on Amazon Video. The film chronicles the often harrowing adventure of of director J.D. O'Brien and a friend as they leave the comfort of their homes to explore what the homeless experience during a freezing Minnesota winter. Find out more about Out in the Cold here.

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AMERICAN BEAST: THE SOLITUDE SAGA CONTINUES

It's been known by many names, from "Bosque Macabro" in Portugal to "Beast of Prey" in the UK. At last, the anthology horror film "Solitude"-- for which I provided sound edit, mix, and some original music cues back in 2014-- is available on DVD in the US, replete with the brand new title "American Beast"! I'm pretty sure I've never worked on a project that wound up with as many as four official names before. Good to cross yet another such career threshold.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

"On A Piece Of Masking Tape": What Jen's Been Saying In Her Sleep, October 2016




Here's Jen's sleeptalk from October. As usual, ellipses indicate pauses or places during which I asked for clarification. Enjoy!

"You're not even here, but you're doing things."

"They're gonna find out about this... It's a whole program… Scary things... Top secret, classified."

Jen: "Can you write your first name... and your last name... on a piece of masking tape?"
Me: "Um— yeah, I guess. Why though?"
Jen: "We're gonna get to that." (Rolls over, stops talking)

"That's all that stuff. What they said about all this stuff."

"It's just like sitting where they go."

"You do them all in the same order. All the different techniques."

"I don't even want to get into it. I'm just like: Bleaaah!"

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Voiceover Engineering: Blue Cross Blue Shield "Questions" Campaign




A recent advertisement for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's "Questions" campaign. Voiceover recorded by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio.

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