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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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!
Films featuring sound and music by Junior Birdman Audio’s Mike Hallenbeck will screen at the 2019 Minneapolis St Paul Festival!
(Short, horror, d. Justin Staggs)
Sound edit, Foley, and mix by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio
“A child psychologist attempts a breakthrough with a troubled little boy, unleashing the demonic fury of his ‘imaginary friends’ in the process.”
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(Short, animation, d. Cable Hardin)
Sound edit, original music, and mix by Mike Hallenbeck at Junior Birdman Audio
A rough-hewn tumble of organic textures, the film explores organic farming via Hardin's generation, documentation and manipulation of frenetic imagery from Blue Dasher Farm in Estelline, South Dakota.
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Congrats to everyone involved on both of these films! Looking forward to the fest.