Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 In Review: Highlights of Sound Design + Original Music



Happy New Year, cyberspace! 2015 has been an incredible year for me, and I'd like to thank all the collaborators who made it such a blast.

Can't wait for 2016-- looking forward to all it has in store. Let me know what I can do to make your next project sound great.

In the meantime, here are some 2015 highlights to celebrate: sound design and original music for narrative short + feature films, corporate video, branding, documentary, animation, and experimental work.

CLEAN CUT: SOUND DESIGN + MUSIC FOR SHORT FILM



This comedy-horror short spent the year vacuuming up awards across North America. A cautionary tale about a Roomba gone rogue, and a great experience seeing what director Andrew Hunt could pull off with a dream team of collaborators. More info

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SOUND DESIGN FOR MEDICAL ANIMATION: EYESIGHT PSA




Highlight reel work for an opthamology PSA produced by Ghost Productions. More info

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CURSE OF THE INVISIBLE WEREWOLF: SOUND DESIGN + MUSIC FOR HORROR SHORT



"The Curse of the Invisible Werewolf" is a short film directed by Jay Ness, a tribute to classic monster films of the 30s and 40s. Both the film and its trailer (above, released Halloween 2015) feature my sound design and an original musical score. More info

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MINDWASP BUMPER



Audio branding for an award winning filmmaking collective. More info

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OUT IN THE COLD



Sound design for a documentary feature directed by J.D. O'Brien, aimed at raising awareness of issues related to homelessness. Won Honorable Mentions for both Best Documentary and Indie Vision Breakthrough Film (the latter in the company of a Charlie Kaufman film, no less!) at its 2015 Twin Cities Film Festival premiere. More info

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CELLULAR CINEMA: LIVE SOUNDSCAPE FOR EXPERIMENTAL FILM



A highlight of 2015 was the chance to provide a live soundscape for this unique showing of 16mm experimental films by Trevor Adams at Bryant-Lake Bowl's "Cellular Cinema" series, curated by Kevin Obsatz. Quite simply, a blast. More info

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FESTIVAL SCREENINGS 2015



The 2015 Twin Cities Film Festival offered four pieces featuring my work: the documentary Out in the Cold, shorts The Caper and Clean Cut, and the Season Three pilot of web series Theater People, the latter of which launched later in the fall (see music highlight reels here and here). With the exception of "Clean Cut", each was a world premiere. I met a lot of great new folks, and had the pleasure of seeing two pieces I worked on ("Out in the Cold" and "The Caper") win a total of three awards. Thanks to everyone whose efforts make this fest a success!



Festivals elsewhere in North America screened films featuring my work as well:

Clean Cut careened from Tijuana to South Dakota to Mexico to West Virginia, then back to MN for TCFF.

Trevor Adams' experimental animation "Through A Purgatorial Twenty Eleven" (featuring my original score) premiered at Stillwater, MN's Square Lake Film Festival and reprised at Minnanimate IV.

"Deux Champs", a black and white documentary by Kevin Obsatz featuring my sound design and original score, screened at NYC's Anthology Film Archives as part of New Filmmakers 2015. It also screened as part of an event hosted by Portland, OR's Compliance Division, as did Trevor Adams' McFowl, a film I scored back in 2014.

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THE CAPER: ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE FOR SHORT FILM



Original musical score for this romantic comedy short directed by Matthew Anderson. "The Caper" won an Honorable Mention for the Audience Award upon its premiere at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Festival. More info

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FLUSH STUDIOS: SOUND DESIGN + MUSIC FOR ANIMATION



Cartoons that definitely aren't for kids! From the ingenious mind of Josh Stifter. More info

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MIRRORORRIM: SOUND DESIGN FOR EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION



John Akre's experimental animation "Mirrororrim" premiered at Cellular Cinema III: The Double and showed subsequently at the 2015 Square Lake Film Festival, and then Chicago's Zhou B. Arts Center as part of the Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival. It even made it into Minneapolis/ St Paul Siggraph's MN Electronic Theater presentation, alongside work by Sparkhouse and Ghost Productions for which I'd provided sound design and/ or original music. More info

More sound + music by Mike Hallenbeck for branding

More sound + music by Mike Hallenbeck for animation

More film sound by Mike Hallenbeck

More film music by Mike Hallenbeck

Mike Hallenbeck home page + contact

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