As a post-production studio, we most commonly get to work on projects once all of the filming has been completed, and so from time to time, we do miss the buzz and excitement that comes with being on set. We were thrilled to be asked to work on the shoot of the new musical film "Nine Years" from Fox&Cox productions and Enon Films, with our lead audio craftsman Alex Gregson making the journey across to Hull to be in charge of audio playback.
Nine years is a musical, and so a large part of our role on set was being responsible for triggering all appropriate music edits and sound effects live, either for the actors to perform their choreography or for extras to react to. As you can imagine, with a project like this everything needs to run perfectly in sync so that all of the dancing and singing is happening at the right moments. That meant careful coordination between ourselves and all the other departments responsible for the shoot.
There were numerous challenges involved in the production of this film and so 344 Audio was there to offer solutions to challenges during filming through the use of audio playback.
The film is directed by Haley Muraleedharan and produced by Enon films, with who we have previously collaborated on the narrative short Tasbeeh.
Acclaimed director Edgar Wright acted as a consultant on the film, making suggestions around workflow and how to approach certain scenes for sound. It was Wright who suggested having someone in charge of audio playback on set which we are very thankful for.
Some images from our time on set.
As part of our role on set, we were triggering audio events for the actors and extras to react to as seen in the video below:
We recorded custom sound effects while on set that we can use in postproduction. These sound effects ranged from ambiences around the Humber bridge area and period car engines.
We also took advantage of the extras to record crowd sound effects that we can work into the film during the mix stage as seen in the image below:
Recording period car sound effects with Production Sound Mixer Waqar Shah.
The story plays out against the backdrop of the Humber bridge. This gives the film a really unique setting and we wanted to fully capture as much of the sonic personality of the location as possible. "The Humber Bridge is a symbol of home to many; it comes with a sigh of relief. You only have to listen to the interviews conducted to hear the impact and continuing impact the bridge has had on people in the Humber region. It is also one of the biggest achievements in civil engineering in the world, yet woefully uncelebrated as such. With much of the legwork during the build being done by local men and women in Barton and Hull, it's time to hear their voices." Haley Muraleedharan - Director We took the time to capture multiple ambient recordings from various perspectives and times of the day. This gives us a large number of ingredients to work with when it comes to building up the soundscape for each scene in the film.
Top-to-bottom - An interior shot, exterior night shoot, and the Humber Bridge illuminated at night.
All in all, it was an amazing experience to be involved in the making of Nine Years, and we had a really fun time working on set after so long. It was great to see the UK film industry picking up momentum again after the challenges of the past 18 months and we can't wait to move forward with this project into post-production. For more from Enon films check out their website below: https://enonfilms.com For more details about Nine Years you can take a look at the IMDB page for the film below: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14755086/
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