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have collaborated to build a dense and imaginative world of sound for the new feature film, “
The Killing Room
The thriller stars Academy Award-winner
(“The Good Shepherd,” “Ordinary People,” “Secret Window”) and
(“Day of the Dead,” “Men in Black II,” “Drumline”) as two of four random people imprisoned in a white room for a psychological test supervised by a government psychiatrist portrayed by
(“Constantine,” “Minority Report,” “Armageddon,” “Fargo”) and new trainee
(“Zodiac,” “Big Love”). The story unfolds through Sevignyâ€™s eyes as the prisoners endure terrifying ordeals while trying to survive The Killing Room.
cut his teeth helming films such as “Darkness Falls” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.” While wrapping up “The Killing Room,” Liebesmanâ€™s creative skills attracted the attention of producer
(“I Am Legend,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Stealth”), who has signed him to direct the upcoming tentpole sci-fi epic, “
Battle: Los Angeles
â€œJonathan impressed me with the original way he used sound design to help tell the story,â€? says Juniper Post co-owner
. Zarai and his business partner, Juniper co-owner
, are veterans of over 300 feature film audio projects, and won Emmy Awards for their sound design work with
. â€œBeyond the traditional use of sound to create clues and build tension, (Liebesman) built an entire world around the main Killing Room, almost like its own subplot.â€?
According to Zarai, â€œThe Engine Room outdid themselves in designing these sounds with him.
did an excellent job as Supervising Sound Editor. And I couldnâ€™t be happier with (Juniper Post Re-recording Mixer)
â€™s treatment of their work. Dave made the film sound much larger than life.â€?
Jonathan Liebesman confirms the assessment. â€œDave, and Juniperâ€™s facility, had the skill to explore every idea so we could make the right choices. This was the most complete and satisfying mix Iâ€™ve had on any of my films.â€?
The job of a Re-recording Mixer is to blend dialogue, music and sound effects together to create the final cohesive sound you hear in the theater, or on your TV. A good sound mix will draw you into a film, immerse you in the experience, and reinforceâ€”or even createâ€”emotional impact.
Juniper Postâ€™s Head Re-recording Mixer
has garnered acclaim throughout the world of independent feature films for his finely crafted sound mixes. His recent theatrical indie hits include “The Foot Fist Way,” “Everybody Wants to Be Italian,” and “Ping Pong Playa.” In January, Juniper Post has him slated to mix their next major project, the new film from “Napoleon Dynamite” director
, entitled “
20th Century Fox
David Barber let us in on how the sound mix for The Killing Room came together: â€œChristian, (Engine Room sound designer)
, and Jonathan worked tirelessly for months conceptualizing the soundscape for the killing, viewing, and control rooms. It was important for me to understand where they wanted to go with the final mix, so Christian and I met several times to discuss their vision for each room, each reel, and the film as a whole. I think those meetings paid dividends by providing me with the conceptual basis upon which I could build the mix.â€?
Barber continues, â€œJonathan was amazing to work with. He came into the mix with both a clear vision and an open mind. For instance, after hearing one of the PA speaker voice sounds we designed during the pre-mix, he came up with the idea to create a secondary speaker that would be heard simultaneously with the speaker in Peter Stormareâ€™s viewing room. The secondary speaker was processed to sound like it was coming through the glass wall from the killing room. By creating a new speaker sound, then delaying it and adding a larger room reverberation, we created a significantly larger environment, making the facility seem that much more daunting and oppressive. The sound design was complemented by an amazingly haunting score by
(“Eagle Eye,” “Rambo,” “Constantine,” “Godsend”).â€?
Barber says he was excited to work with the rich sound textures of The Killing Room. â€œMore so than most films Iâ€™ve mixed or seen, the sound design of this film was vital to the telling of the story. The action takes place primarily in three distinctly different rooms, so it was important to sonically define each environment. All of the designed sounds in the film, like the ambient tone of the killing room, or the open, close and lock of the killing room door, are characters in the film that draw you into the predicament and peril of the various characters.â€?
Juniperâ€™s Ben Zarai summed up the experience: â€œThere have been a lot of changes in the audio post industry. Budgets have dropped, technology has raced ahead, and clients are demanding faster service and more creative flexibility at all stages of the audio process. More and more of them are finding, like James Cameron and Jonathan Liebesman, that itâ€™s the smaller, more entrepreneurial, boutique shops who can give them the depth of creative detail and expression that used to require huge budgets, large crews, and more man-hours to achieve.â€?
Juniper co-owner David Kitchens adds, â€œThe Killing Room is part of the new wave of incredible-sounding films coming out of the boutique sound industry, and weâ€™re proud we participated in it.â€?
, an award-winning audio post-production facility, has been providing complete, cutting-edge sound for hundreds of feature films and television projects since 1983. Services include sound design and editing, Foley and ADR recording, and theatrical mixing in their Dolby Digital mix theater.
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