Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Solitude: Sound Design for Anthology Horror Film


Samples of sound design from the feature film "Solitude", a horror anthology directed by Taylor Scott Olson and Livingston Oden.

The film's plot spans almost a century, from the 1930s to the present day, as several generations of the Ericson family fight a mysterious evil haunting the woods and river on their property. Each time period in the film is portrayed in the style of a horror movie from that era, framed with a contemporary plot line.

Sound design for the film often centers around moments of extreme violence, as character after character meets a grisly end. I brought to bear impacts against a variety of surfaces (flesh, dirt, leaves, wood, stone, etc), as well as a heaping helping of fruit and vegetable abuse (recordings of sliced cabbage and the squeezed innards of oranges came in most handy). The sounds are carefully layered to provide a robust presence at each frequency range.

I also created a variety of customized creature voices for the film. Hear some examples below:

The movie beat out "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" to win the Audience Award at the 2014 Twin Cities Film Festival, and creature designer Darla Edin won a slot as a contestant on "Face Off". Stay tuned for more info as "Solitude" makes its way out into the world.

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