When filmmaker Param Gill recognized that the audio on his new film Last Supper needed extra attention, he followed a colleague’s recommendation and turned to Burbank-based AlphaDogs. The film had a variety of audio challenges to contend with, including an insufficient number of microphones used on set and noisy backgrounds in the production audio. AlphaDogs audio engineer, Curtis Fritsch realized that in order to work efficiently within the tight delivery deadline, a good workflow would be crucial to make sure the quality of work would not be compromised.
Fritsch devoted roughly 60% of his time to cleaning up location audio and dialogue. Corruption in the lavalier recordings and noisy rooms presented a big problem in scenes where only one microphone was used. In order to make the dialogue as clear as possible, Fritsch used the Izotope Denoiser plug-in to reduce the offensive background noise while simultaneously boosting characters’ voices that were recorded low. Fritsch then used Soundminer Pro to search through AlphaDogs’ extensive library to find sound effects that could enhance the story.
“One of the biggest mistakes of post-audio is sound effects being over-designed for the project,” explained Fritsch. “Often you get background ambiance that is too loud or footsteps that are higher than the dialogue level. This can be caused by production audio restrictions, but it shouldn’t be an issue caused by the post-process.”
AlphaDogs uses shared Terrablock storage that allows for audio services to integrate seamlessly with other postproduction services, including online editing and color correction.
“The sound mix turned out very well and we were extremely happy,” said Gill. “The team had total respect for our deadline and realistic goals. I will definitely use AlphaDogs again for my next film.”
Last Supper is a comedy about two lunatics (played by Eddie Griffin and Josh Meyers) who escape from a mental institution with a video camera and set out to make a movie about a romantic quest to rescue a princess, with the reward being a magical kiss.