The Raven On The Jetty – Vlog 27 Sound Dubbing

The final stage of the technical process of making a film, prior to final mastering of the various outputs for theatrical, broadcast and web distribution, is the sound dubbing – or sound mixing. Sound is a critical component in many films, but particularly in The Raven On The Jetty. The importance I have placed on the sound is reflected in the quality of the sound team that I have assembled for the project: first Amanda Belantara whose outstanding recordings laid the foundations for the sound design, then Michael Cacioppo Belantara who built those recordings into a sound design and then, latterly, the sound mixing where Mike Stewart of The Sound House in MediaCityUK, supported by the legendary John Wood, who then took that sound design and refined and balanced this all out into a finely tuned mix.

John Wood and Mike Stewart in the dubbing studios at te Sound House in MediaCityUK

The sound dub is now complete and we have a wonderful 5.1 surround sound for the film. The completed sound has brought a different dimension to the film. Unlike most films, the sound track is not driven by music or dominating effects; what we have is a very open sound track, a quietly inviting sound track full of subtle interactions that work with the picture to create what I hope will be an evocative experience. In this regard, sound is much more important than the picture. It somehow penetrates straight to the core of our being without the need for any kind of intellectual interpretation. In its most basic form, it affects us without us even being aware of its presence. Even sounds that lie outside the range we can actually hear, affect the texture and quality of the sounds we do hear. In fact, audiences are far less forgiving of poor sound quality than poor image quality. With the open and subtle sound track for The Raven On The Jetty, the sound team had some really big challenges. A film sound track, and of course the people who made it, is so exposed when you do not have the opportunity to hide behind music. Music is such a powerful way of moving people that it is often used to disguise poor or mediocre filmmaking. Officially, there is no music in the film. I asked my team to think of the whole sound track as music and I have to say that the final result reveals sublime moments where one cannot tell the difference between music and sound effects. There is much to say about sound, but in the meantime enjoy Vlog number 27 that Mark Duggan has put together about the final dubbing process for The Raven On The Jetty.

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