Ever wondered why the sound you hear at the cinema sometimes has an unreal quality, or some sounds cut through all others, or music helps a scene come alive, or makes you jump out of your seat?
It’s all down to the skills of the sound engineer working after the film has been made – adding tiny sound snippets or big sweeping music to enhance and embellish what you’re viewing. And with so many films using special visual effects after the actors have done their performances against a green background, or with animation where all the sound is added afterwards, the post-production people with huge imagination and computer wizardary contribute a vast amount to the final images seen on the screen.
Wootton Bassett media company Dreambase Studios has been building a strong reputation in the business, offering high quality audio post production for feature films, and TV, as well as producing films with schools, businesses and individuals.
Company directors Mark Kenna and Alex Hudd, above, have extensive post-production experience in the international film industry, having been involved in work for the likes of George Lucas and Tim Burton.
Their soundproofed studio is filled with high powered computers, screens and speakers so they can match sounds to film action. In an adjacent studio, below, they have trays filled with sand, gravel and bark to record different kind of footsteps and boxes of bits of everyday items like bottles, cans and plastic to create effects. When necessary Mark and Alex are outside capturing the sounds they need to illustrate a scene, whether it is road noise or birds twittering.
Mark, who lives in Redhouse, said, “we’ve recently produced a 30 minute documentary film for Uplands School in North Swindon, and we have also been involved in a comic espionage film, Eliminate: Archie Cookson, shot and produced entirely in the West Country and starring Paul Rhys and Claire Skinner. It was well received at the Minghella FilmFestival on the Isle of Wight.”
In November Mark and Alex will be adjudicating a brand new Short Film category for all age groups at the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. Rules for entry are available at www.wbaf.co.uk.
Alex, from Wootton Bassett, said, “film production companies are increasingly looking for post-production outside London because there’s a lot of talent offering quality work at lower prices than in the capital. But we’re also looking for local projects to film so if you have an idea you’d like to discuss, please get in touch on 858235.”
See what Alex and Mark do at www.dreambasestudios.com