During the shooting, which was done entirely in the UK, I took the opportunity to go for an extended ambience and effects recording session which included courtyards, forests, villages, fields, churches, castles, roomtones, clocks, corridors, stairs, bells, doors, English crowds… and airplanes! The exterior and interior acoustics of stone buildings and brick streets and the sounds of England’s Nature makes it completely different than what we have here in America. Each recording session provides its share of surprises and gifts and we must stay alert for the unexpected. Recording is an important part of my creative process.
Back in Quebec, we recorded sounds at the Trappist monks’ monastery in Oka. Room tones, corridors, bells, clocks, long impacts, doors, everything done in very reverberant and calm locations.
The sound design was oriented towards a rich texture, complex, warm, precise and reverberant, relying on attention to detail in the sound’s depth of field.
We used silence in a few strategic places, with faint breath in the center channel. The coronation and the bal scenes are two good examples of that.
During mix, we rigourously maintained the maximum low frequencies in all sound areas.
Notice and hear the flies around James Conroy (Mark Strong). Jean-Marc wanted to have a Western spaghetti feel to it.
Foley was brought out of the center where it usually is and very much in the room, along with dialogs and effects, to give the audience a more immersive experience in large places and rooms. There are a lot of sounds in the surrounds but we don’t notice them. I did an extensive foley editing session: Pitch down, attack smoothing, sync, move adjusted, isolated compression, reverb, low frequency boost. To get to the point where even loud foley appears to match the sync sound at all times.
|Production Company:||GK Films|
|Supervising Sound editor:||Martin Pinsonnault|
|Sound designer:||Martin Pinsonnault|
|Sound effects editor:||Jean-François Sauvé
|Production sound mixer:||Jim Greenhorn|
|Dialog editor:||Michèle Cloutier|
|Foley artist:||Simon Meilleur|
|Foley recordist:||Daniel Bisson
|Adr Recordist:||Tom Deane
|Adr Supervisor:||Mireille Morin|
|Re-recording mixer:||Gavin Fernandes