This weekend we were down in London for the premiere of the film Mad Lord: Samurai of 1000 Deaths, directed by Samuel Smith. We supervised the entire Post Sound and completed all sound effects, design, and mixing. This project was tons of fun to work on, as it combined a historical setting with intense action and psychological elements.
Synopsis: When a great samurai Lord's mind becomes infected by devils his loving Sokushitsu comes to his aid. Knowing that their weakness will soon be taken advantage of by the neighbouring rebel army. Sokushitsu demands that General Ekei travels to the borders of the Shoguns palace to collect some illegally acquired medicine. The General returns from his mission with more than a cure to the Lord's madness, he brings evidence of treachery, witchcraft, and rebellion.
The premiere screening took place at House of Vans London. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a welcome party of 2 Samurai in full armour!
As the Lord's mental state slowly begins to unravel throughout the film, we used sound design to give the audience a taste of his fractured psyche. We used a blend of natural sounds and field recordings from Asia and Japan with hyper-real effects that hinted at the Lord’s madness.
Our Lead Audio Craftsman, Alex Gregson with Mad Lord Director Samuel Smith.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do here at 344 Audio, so we attend premieres and screenings wherever possible to support the amazing filmmakers that we work with. It was incredible to see the film in its completed state and to network with many of the London based production crew. The response to the film was extremely positive, and Samuel the director discussed the potential developing Mad Lord into a feature-length project in the future.
2 Samurai warriors engage in single combat during one of the film's battle scenes.
To top the whole experience off, we were treated to a live performance of the score from London based rock-n-roll band Steak. They played the score live over the film as it was running which really added to the atmosphere of the film!
Our name in the credits.
Artwork from the film presented in the foyer.
We really enjoyed attending this premiere and supporting Mad Lord. If you want to find out more info about the film and the people involved please follow the following links: https://www.samuelsmithdirector.com/mad-lord-samurai-of-1000-deaths
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