A layer-by-layer demonstration of FX/ Foley edit and final mix on Justin Staggs' short film "Elixir". Here we see the process of building a sound design for the moment where our heroine stands up and ignites her magic powers to face off with a demon. I made sure that the droney “idling mode” of her hand energy drone was in tune with the score, to give us a comforting sense of “she’s got this”. The crackling electricity layer lent a dangerous edge to the potential energy.
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Stifter and Degnan have made movies together when they were kids, and have recently collaborated on a couple of feature films— the in-progress “Greywood’s Plot”, and “The Good Exorcist”, which was executed as part of Robert Rodriguez’s “Rebel Without A Crew” reality show. They said working on “Rebel” was a chance to further their guerilla aesthetic, which has fueled a prolific output through the years and shows no signs of letting up.
WARNING: Violence, gore, NSFW…
“Dual” is a short film horror film by Justin Staggs. I provided sound edit, Foley and mix at Junior Birdman Audio.
After a successful festival run (nominated for Best Director, Best SFX and Best Short Film at the HorrorHound Film Festival, and Best Short Film Music at the Filmquest Film Festival) “Dual” is now available online, having received over a million views on the horror channel Alter. You can view it below:
In the film, a child psychologist attempts to reach a troubled little boy with some very powerful “imaginary friends.” Mayhem ensues.
In the future I’ll delve into some of the more notable sonic moments. But for now, enjoy the film!