Sound Designer & Cacophony

The actor’s dialogue is to a movie but a cricket’s chirp in the night sounds of the forest. Surrounding them is a symphony of sound effects and music composition to queue and pace each scene. This is about the people behind the sound effects. In cinema parlance cacophony is defined as noise, jangle, racket, discord; […]

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How Pixar Built Toy Story 3 REVISITED

After reading the eye-opening WIRED article about the creative process Pixar Animation Studios applies to their films I’m still shaking my head considering the jaw-dropping scale of computing power required these days to pull together their animation films, namely: Day 533 – “the pictures are moving. Each character is defined by up to 1,000 avars—points […]

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Jonah Hex and Hollywood Facial Disfigurement

I wondered how to preface this subject. I get a little queasy thinking about it but really, it’s Hollywood magic, that’s all. There’s a reason for it found in every movie script. So with due respect to the many actors who have had their faces altered we thank you for the many hours of makeup […]

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Vinyl Records are b-a-a-c-k.

CD/Vinyl Crossbreed Record Debuts

To many audio acolytes the vinyl record remains the best playback format. The uncompressed, analog pulses are untouched by digital ones and zeros. CD and DVD formats have long since overtaken the vinyl disc in popularity. That doesn’t mean, though, there isn’t life in this tried-and-true format. Musician Jeff Mills’ new project ‘The Occurrence’ comes […]

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Luxury Movie Theaters Taking Off

The folks at Australia-based Village Roadshow have long had their eyes on entering U.S. markets with their Gold Class Cinemas. Through a joint venture they now have locations in Central U.S., California, and Washington with plans targeting all major U.S. cities over the next 5 years. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this exciting venture,” […]

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Let’s Talk American Western Movies

The Western movie; around ever since the days of the silent movie. The folks at Metacritic came up with the list of the best and worst westerns of the past 25 years. Glad they decided 25 years vs. “all-time” or we’d be here for awhile. Do you know which famous actor/director won multiple Oscars for […]

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Microsoft Kinect: Controller-Free Entertainment

On the surface it’s interesting. A hands-free gaming system to woo you from the Nintendo Wii. That will take a lot of doing given the 4-year lead by the category creator, Nintendo, not to mention the some 70,000,000 consoles sold worldwide. That’s 30,000,000 more than Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Still, you wonder when Microsoft will get […]

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