I'm Back in Business and Working Hard: Podcast Theme Song and Film

Hello there beloved readers and audio enthusiasts (Hopefully you’re one in the same). It’s been a while, I know, but i’m back and that’s all that matters so let me catch you up. I’ve been working a lot lately, not only with my audio gigs, but as a chef. That’s right A CHEF!. If you’re an avid reader of my blog I bet you didn’t know that about me. I have jumped back in to the cooking game on a part-time basis to not only support my audio habit, but to conquer some fears.

It’s been at least 3 years since stepping out of the kitchen due to some mental health issues connected with the job, but I’ve gone back in and am kicking ass.

If you or someone you know is living with a mental illness and would like to talk to someone, drop these guys a line here. If you are outside of Australia, I recommend getting in touch with your local mental health care professional. In the case that you aren’t ready for face to face, try the Headspace app, it’s taught me so much about my own mind.

Back to It

I’ve recently taken on 2 great new projects that’ve got me really excited and nervous. The first project I took on earlier this month is a film audio post-production role working with director Chris Topher and the other is a full-stack audio role for an up-coming podcast called ‘How to Train a Human’. Both projects contain quite a significant amount of studio work and preparation, but with the right mix of organisation, attitude and luck, I will get it done. Read more about these projects below.

The Land of Oz - Film

The ‘land of Oz’ is an indie film by director Chris Topher. He began the film as a short 5-7 min scene, which he later extended to be 30min. When he showed me the film, I was impressed and saw an opportunity to create a sound scape that could re-define the film and give it new broader emotions. This is the longest film I’ve worked on to date and have already began editing down the sounds I want gone. This week I stepped into the studio at SAE Institute in Brisbane to re-recorded some dialogue for a scene involving a radio and a phone call. The next stage will be some more dialogue replacement in which the actors will need to mimic their original lines. I’m not as confident with this and will need to make sure the actors are well rehearsed and ready to do a great job.

In some of my research I have come across some really great material related to sound design and post-production. Check out the links below and read on.

Here is a great video explainer of what exactly ADR is for further information.

This is only the second time I have completely replaced the sound of a film, and if that get’s you interested in the first time, you can check that out here.

How to Train a Human: Podcast

This is something that makes me feel good about why I do what I do. Conversations have a really big effect on us, and I believe wholeheartedly in the message and openness of this project. So far the two hosts have been fantastic and have given so much detail to what we are doing. It helps so much when you feel equally important on a project and these girls have made me feel like a big part of what is going on.

So far I have been hired to compose a theme, record, edit and mix the podcast and be a virtual assistant with aggregators and even social media. Talk about filling up your plate, i’m going to be the fullest pig at the party. I want to do it though, so I’m all in. This week I have composed two scratch tracks that i’m about 80% happy with and I know I will re-do. I’ve also met with the creators of the show who are both American and live in Australia and New Zealand (I know, confusing but they’ll be together by the time we record). We discussed which studio and microphones we’ll need, and general logistics of how we’ll organise the show when it happens. I’m very optimistic for a completed project and have been given access to organising docs and pre-production material.

Being a Chef

Since I will spend so much time involved in the cooking world, I will be actively writing about my experiences as I work in some of the best and worst catering establishments in Brisbane. I bet the company title is starting to make sense now. I believe that as an audio professional I take with me a wealth of experience that I received in kitchens and think it will give this blog a more well rounded feel of who I am and what I do in order to be the human I am. Till next time true believers.



References

(2018). Retrieved from https://www.sonicbakery.com/#adr

Automatic Dialog Replacement - Videomaker. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.videomaker.com/article/14601-automatic-dialog-replacement

beyondblue. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/what-is-mental-health

Brisbane. (2018). Retrieved from https://sae.edu.au/campuses/brisbane/

Cowdog. (2018). ADR: Hollywood Dialogue Recording Secrets : Audio Professionals. Retrieved from https://library.creativecow.net/article.php?author_folder=cowdog&article_folder=ADR&page=1

Designing for sound by Randy Thom. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.filmsound.org/articles/designing_for_sound.htm

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness - The Headspace App. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Stephen RumphSonic Bakery