On his 25th birthday, David Brachman decides he’s going to change his life over the next two years or kill himself if he can’t. So goes the storyline of The Last Two Years of David Brachman, a feature film currently in post-production and slated for release in 2012. Director/writer/producer Marc Casilli approached iQuarius Media to help with audio post-production, marking another feature-length film credit for iQuarius Media.
Shot in Central Florida over the summer of 2010 with a crew comprised primarily of current and previous University of Central Florida (UCF) film students, The Last Two Years of David Brachman is Casilli’s MFA thesis for UCF’s Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema program.
When the project arrived at iQuarius Media, audio engineer Chris Domingo got to work on audio post-production over the next several weeks: noise reduction, custom sound design, adding backgrounds and creating foley sound effects — all the while maintaining the integrity and improving upon the sound quality of the existing dialogue. Domingo, a perfectionist, found the audio post-production work enjoyable and challenging: “The number one challenge was making the [existing] ADR fit with backgrounds.” This type of audio post-production is meticulous work, requiring technical know-how but, more importantly, a sophisticated ear.
The film’s director would sit with Domingo for hours at a time as they pored over the audio post-production tracks. When he was alone in the studio, at any given moment, Domingo would be focused on his tools, blind to the world around him; his computer screen would be an organized chaos of multi-colored pixels and tracks, each representing just milliseconds of sound that he was digitally manipulating. He hears nothing else as he works.
For iQuarius Media, an audio post-production project is a welcome addition to the office atmosphere. From behind the closed doors of the audio department studio, sounds of dialogue spill out into the video production room next door, and even the low-end booms of background music vibrate the back offices, where administration and the Internet marketing team stare intently at their computer screens. Of the noise, president of iQuarius, Gregory Born, noted that it’s better than silence any day, saying, “I’m happy to see the motion picture industry alive and well in Central Florida, and happy that iQuarius Media can be a part of it.”
Enjoy some of these before and after clips from the film.
Before Audio Post:
After Audio Post:
For more information on iQuarius Media’s audio post-production services, please see http://iquariusmedia.com/services/audio-services/