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Sound recording on the set of the film Louis Cyr

Monday, September 9th, 2013


We really benefit from getting involved early in the production process of a film. A good place to start is by reading and analyzing the script in order to evaluate the sound budget in regards to the different fields of sound postproduction: Dialogue, Foley, Sound Effects, and eventually Mix. It is also a good time to evaluate the specific needs a project will have in terms of requested sound. One of my latest films is about a French Canadian, Louis Cyr, who became the strongest man of the world in 1892! As much of his story involves him performing his strength in front of audiences around the world, the film has many scenes involving crowds. For these, I suggested being on set during six of the shooting days as a second sound recording team. These days on the set were very valuable and a great learning experience, both as a sound recordist and for the steps ahead in postproduction.

It was an occasion to meet with Simon Poudrette and Norman Bernard, respectively sound recordist (mixer) and boom operator. They were very generous in welcoming us (my assistant sound designer Paul Col and I), helping us to improve our recording habits. Although it is quite obvious that a location sound recordist and a sound designer should meet prior to and during the shoot (to unite their efforts by discussing the script, field information, and potential difficulties, as well as sharing valuable information about location sound recording strategies), there are often a lot of things that prevent this from happening. I put my energy in the opposite direction, this time with success!

Continue reading to listen to multiple stereophonic microphone comparison!

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Invited by NexT International Film Festival in Bucarest as a sound designer

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Life is full of surprises:

BUCAREST

A short film by Serge Marcotte, The Greens, for which I did sound design, was selected by a film festival in Romania (Bucarest, March 2012). This festival differs from others in that it welcomes both filmmakers and sound designers. On the thirty films in competition, about half were represented by the director or the sound designer, or both. Screenings, meetings, seminars with themes, group meals were on the menu!   Cultural exchange guaranteed!

How come this invitation for sound designers?

As a tribute to a pair of young Romanian director-sound designer, who tragically perished together in a car accident, the “Next Cultural Society” created the Next International Film Festival.  The creative approach of Andre Toncu, the sound designer of the Romanian duo, now serves as an inspiration for all generations of filmmakers and sound designers, a wish that he had made during his lifetime.  What a powerful example of the importance of sound in the film process. I would love not to have to convince anyone of that.

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About the sound of Café de Flore

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Café de Flore is still warm out of the oven, it reaches this week our screens after exciting Premieres in Venice, Toronto, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Québec, Ste-Adèle and others!

2 films in one ::: The two stories of the film evolve independantly which allows for a different sound aesthetic. Then, they tend to bleed in each other, but the emotion persists, the pace is accelerating, the music spins and  the magic works.

Work in progress ::: Personally and passionately edited for more than 10 months by Jean-Marc Vallée, and gradually reaching the sound editorial crew as the version evolved, the film was built to the end… yesterday!  That defined the post production process.  As editor, Jean-Marc was very much involved in sound editing and mix.  Dialogue editor Mireille Morin digged down the sources with numerous additions and alternatives to clear the dialog to a very mediculous level. Sound effects editing was done using mostly original recordings.  We premixed and conformed before final mix, always aiming to improve  to the maximum potential of our sources and our resources, still ready for new ideas and picture changes… before the official deadline, Venice! Music is obviously a very important theme with Jean-Marc Vallée’s films.  Working closely with DJ/sound editor Luc Raymond to tweek and adjust the soundtrack to the end.  The entire sound process was a real and true team work.

The Evolution of technology ::: Work in progress needs control of all the elements to the end, not always easy to follow with picture changes. I discovered new applications and web tools during Café de Flore that helped to deal with the situations : DropBox, SoundCloud, WordPress, Google Apps, Evernote, and other sound related applications Edimarker, Edicue,Pro Remote, idisplay, Lockstep!  These apps are very promissing to help us achieve the tasks of film sound.  There are new solutions close at hand. First, should we adopt them collectively.


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