Sub-Zero Sound

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Sub-Zero Sound is my new game-audio company and is a collaboration between myself and Dan Penpraze.

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Creativity & Commerciality

In the world of audio, as well as many other worlds, one must dance the fine line between creativity and commerciality. If you are creating your own personal projects and profit is not a goal, that line may not exist and you can go nuts; however if you’re working for a client you will have to find that line. Sway too far to the commercial side and your art will suffer. Sway too far to the creative side and you may not meet the criteria the client wanted.

I read a cool post here saying that The Lego Movie dances that line wonderfully. It sells the message: “Lego is great, you should buy some.” but doesn’t feel like an hour and a half long advertisement.

As creatives, we’re always dancing that line. Whether it’s a song we’re creating or short sound effects, we will often have guidelines to follow. It’s up to us to meet them as well as to create something unique.

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Sheltered Shoot

This week I spent 3 days at a house in Elwood for the ‘Sheltered’ shoot. We did things like run coffee and eat snags, but we also boomed, operated the mixer and logged the takes while the film crew filmed.

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Most of the shots were stationary, so it was easy to move the boom into position and record a clear take, but there were a few fast moving shots that required some practice to nail the right movement to get the clearest sound while avoiding getting the boom or shadows in frame and bumping into the actors or crew.
As the house we were shooting in is pretty old and small, some of the rooms were super tight and we had to really coordinate what we were doing to avoid getting in each others way, and many people had to wait outside the room we were filming in.

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I believe that the director Dale is happy with our work so far, as he’s asked us to come along for another shoot in a month’s time or so.