Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Shear Madness" Wins Best Horror/ Suspense, Many Other Awards At Z-Fest 2017

Happy to announce that "Shear Madness", the horror short that featuring sound edit and mix by Junior Birdman Audio's Mike Hallenbeck, took home Z-Fest 2017's Best Horror/ Suspense genre award, and a host of other honors besides.

The film, unraveling as the tale of a hair salon appointment gone horribly awry, earned a Best Audio/ Sound Design nomination and also took home the following honors:

Best Supporting Actress: Sierra Schermerhorn
Best Makeup FX: Ryan Schaddelee and Nicole Fae
Best Screenplay: Ian Nathaniel Withey
Best Production Design: Andrea Bursott
Best Trailer: Jay Ness
First Place Peer to Peer Award

Congrats to all filmmakers in the 2017 fest!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Junior Birdman Audio Is One Year Old!

Roughly one year ago I moved a bunch of gear out of my house and into a snazzy, cozy space in Northeast, where I opened up shop as Junior Birdman Audio. Since then we've created tons of audio content for films, ads, animation, industrials, e-learning, and even a wedding video-- providing voiceover recording, sound design, original music, Foley, ADR, audio restoration, and final mix. It's been a great ride so far, and we thank our many collaborators whose continued support makes the coming year look so bright.

Also, as you can see, we have our own coasters now. Which is how you can tell we're not messing around.

Thanks to everyone who's lent a hand, and here's to the future!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

"Shear Madness" Snags 15 Nominations at Z-Fest

I'm pleased to announce that "Shear Madness", a short horror film for which Junior Birdman Audio provided sound edit and mix, has been nominated for fifteen awards at this year's Z-Fest. In particular, I'm honored that my audio work has been recognized with a nomination for Best Sound Design.

The film, co-produced by Influx Pictures and CutJaw Films, features a really impressive array of practical visual effects. It's set in a hair salon (a place I have no use for), and without giving anything away, I'll just say that pretty much everything you can imagine going awry in that scenario really, really goes awry. It's snagged (see what I did there?) nominations in the following categories:

- Best Actress : Brittany 'Benjamin' Deutsch
- Best Supporting Actress : Sierra Schermerhorn
- Best Screenplay : Ian Withey
- Best Editing : Jay Ness
- Best Sound Design : Mike Hallenbeck
- Best Makeup & Costume Design : Nicole Fae & Ryan Schaddelee
- Best Production Design : Andrea Bursott
- Best Cinematography : Ben Enke
- Best Lighting : Billy Straub
- Best Villain : Sierra Schermerhorn
- Best Hero / Heroine : Brittany Benjamin
- Best Fight Scene
- Best Prop
- Best Suspense/Horror/Adventure Film
- Best Film

The film will receive one more Z-Fest screening at the "Best Of" showcase and awards ceremony on March 24th. More info + tickets

Here's the trailer for "Shear Madness":

Congrats to the cast and crew of this and all the nominated films. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

"You're The Banana Man": What Jen's Been Saying In Her Sleep, Jan- Feb 2017

A couple of months' worth here. As usual, lots of commentary on my imagined behaviors and essence.

"You have to clue that in... the password."

"There's a different kind of version. I don't think we need to watch it though. It's not for you... Cans of pop. All the different colors. You're made of all the different cans."

Jen: "It's not like you need one."
Me: "Need one what?"
Jen: "I think I'm not gonna tell you."

"I see you here."

"You're the banana man... Greek salad."

"You have a bad attitude."

"SCOTLAND! That's what it's all about."

"You don't have hair, but you're looking for something... You know about that."

"All that comes to you and the other part. You don't have to volunteer any other part of that program... You can have that too. It's upside down."

"That's not the point of anything."

"It's like the way... it's all of it... There it all is. You and everything you came with."

"It's like you're gonna get your own kind of box... That's what you're gonna do from now on... Is that you? Do you know what you're supposed to be doing?"

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