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!
Some fabric Foley. After messing around with a blanket for a while, I started to use my everyday studio sweater— I keep a sweater at the studio so I can show up in a short sleeved shirt every day and have something to put on if I get cold, which happens from time to time here in Minnesota.
This is an attempt to harness cloth impact as a flam— and a successful attempt, I might add, because everything I do is successful. I’ll probably wind up slowing this down to achieve the relaxed, more plush friction I’m going for with this particular cue.
I placed the pillow (the impacted surface, in this case) on top of a piece of plywood in case there was some bonus woodiness to be gleaned (s befits the scene). There was not, other than the bonus points I unquestionably earned for effort.