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MIKE HALLENBECK
SOUND DESIGN FOR HORROR ANTHOLOGY:
"SOLITUDE" FEATURE FILM

"Solitude" is a horror anthology feature film directed by Taylor Scott Olson and Livingston Oden. The film's monster (pictured above) was crafted by Darla Edin, Season 8 champion on SyFy's creature makeup reality show Face Off.

Spanning almost a century from the 1930s to the present day, "Solitude" follows several generations of the Ericson family as they fight a mysterious evil haunting the woods and river on their property. Each time period in the film is portrayed in the style of a horror movie from that era, framed with a contemporary plot line.

[ WARNING: EXPLICIT VIOLENCE ]

Sound design for the film often centers around moments of extreme violence, as character after character meets a grisly end. I brought to bear impacts against a variety of surfaces (flesh, dirt, leaves, wood, stone, etc), as well as a heaping helping of fruit and vegetable abuse (recordings of sliced cabbage and the squeezed innards of oranges came in most handy). The sounds are carefully layered to provide a robust presence at each frequency range.

I also created a variety of customized creature voices for the film. Hear some examples below:

The movie beat out "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" to win the Audience Award at the 2014 Twin Cities Film Festival. Stay tuned for more info as "Solitude" makes its way out into the world.

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