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Sound Lounge Delivers Mix for ?Disappearances

Long-form Specialist Tony Volante Creates a Quiet Space for Indie Film about Vermont Bootleggers (December 14, 2005)

Sound Lounge, through its recently formed long-form division, is currently providing a complete package of audio post production services to Disappearances, award-winning independent filmmaker Jay Cravens new film about bootleggers in 1930s Vermont. Tony Volante is handling audio mixing as well as ADR and Foley work for the film. Sound editing is being performed by Dave Elinwood.

Disappearances stars Kris Kristofferson and Geneviève Bujold and is the latest of Cravens films based on the work of novelist Howard Frank Mosher.

From a sound standpoint, Disappearances, shot on location in northern Vermont, differs significantly from indie films that have urban settings, according to Volante. ?There are a lot of exteriors, so it is a very quiet film. There is nothing aggressive or modern about it, he explained. ?Its not like a film that shot in New York or L.A., its mostly natural sounds. As the film is a period piece, Volante spent much of his time extracting unwanted sounds, such as generators and other modern equipment, from the location tracks.

Volante performed the mix on Digidesign ICON system that integrates mixing and  editing functions in one console. Having the flexibility to mix and edit in one platform was a big advantage in Disappearances, especially for accommodating changes late in the post production process. ?As typically happens with films, the picture went through some additional editing after I completed the mix, he recalled. ?The edits require the audio tracks to be re-conformed and normally that would have involved a multi-step process involving two or three pieces of equipment. With the ICON system, I was able to accomplish it all in one step, and that saved a lot of time.

Sound Lounge is currently building a new mixing suite for long form work whose unique design will help speed work on independent films still further. The room will be able to accommodate mixing, editing, ADR, voice-over recording and other audio work all in one space. ?Its meant to be very flexible, Volante said. ?We are even going to have a couple of Foley pits in front of the screen. If we are in the middle of the mix and decide we could use some footsteps, well be able to create them on the spot.

Sound Lounge is located at 149 5th Ave. New York, N.Y., 10010. For additional information or sales, contact April Jaffe of Randee Bowman at (212) 388-1212.

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