Category Archives: Post Production Mixing

Disney Read-Alongs & Apps: ‘Cars 2′, ‘Tinker Bell’, ‘Finding Nemo’

 

Continuing Soundworks’ long-standing collaboration with Walt Disney Records and Disney Publishing Worldwide, we are pleased to announce the release of several new Read-Along books and iPad/iPhone Interactive Apps. These multimedia Disney products feature original audio produced by Soundworks, combined with dialogue clips from the actual movie cast members and music from the Walt Disney Records Music Library – to create a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience.

First off, there is the ‘Cars 2 Read-Along‘. The book-and-CD package can be found at Amazon. The content of the Read-Along is digitally reformatted and combined with games & other interactive features for the ‘Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe‘ iPad App, which can be found here at iTunes. Check out the preview video of the App below.

 

 

Last year’s ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’ Read-Along has also just been released as an iPhone/iPad app, which can be found here at iTunes. Check out the preview video below.

 

 

Soundworks also had the pleasure of producing the audio for the recent ‘Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book‘ and ‘Mickey’s Spooky Night Puzzle Book‘ Apps, both of which can be found here.

 


Promo Mixing: Spring 2011 Recap

As usual, the Soundworks crew has been quite busy mixing a wide array of promotional campaigns produced by our good friends and frequent collaborators over at NuContext Creative.

Recent projects include the series launch of Oxygen’s ‘The World According To Paris‘, USA’s ‘Character Project’ spots, Disney’s ‘Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack‘ release, the launch of Fuse’s ‘Cee Lo Green: Talking To Stranger’s‘, as well as ads for season 2 of ‘Hoppus on Music‘, ‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure‘, and multiple campaigns for ‘N.C.I.S.‘ and ‘Law & Order: S.V.U.‘ on USA.

An interesting coincidence worth noting: the ‘Hoppus On Music’ campaign was filmed at legendary Los Angeles eatery ‘Chili John’s‘, located just a few blocks down the street from Soundworks, on Burbank Boulevard. You can check out the spot below (along with one of the ads for ‘Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure’).

 

Hoppus On Music:

 

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure:

http://vimeo.com/23934953


‘Red Faction Armageddon: The Machinima Miniseries’

 

In collaboration with Volition Inc. and THQ Games, our associates at Machinima have produced a 5-webisode miniseries to aid in the promotion of the recently-released Red Faction: Armageddon videogame. The story unfolds in parallel to the game narrative, following the character of Lt. Curt MacReady, as he encounters the rising threat to the Mars colonists.

Ramping-up to the June 7th release of the game itself, the Machinima series was produced by utilizing the existing game engine and assets, in order to create an original animated adventure that takes place within the world of Red Faction: Armageddon.

In addition to recording the dialogue, Soundworks had the great pleasure of creating original sound-design and mixing the final audio for the miniseries. Since the airing of the final episode, the show has accumulated over 500,000 views on YouTube.

Check out Episode 1 here:

 

 

Episode 2                    Episode 3                    Episode 4                    Episode 5


Walt Disney Records Music Library Update

Soundworks is currently working on a substantial update to the Walt Disney Records Music Library. The “library” is an ever-expanding catalogue of production music created for, and used exclusively by, the Walt Disney Company. The company utilizes these tracks to underscore all manner of video, events, spoken-word and multi-media projects that it produces.

As in the past, Walt Disney Records has once again enlisted producer Randy Thornton and audio engineer Jeff Sheridan to oversee this latest expansion. Working with original compositions written and arranged by composer Gannin Arnold, Soundworks will be recording, mixing and mastering full orchestral performances of this new material – representing a significant addition to the already impressive resource that is the Walt Disney Records Music Library.


Now Recording: ‘Red Faction: Armageddon – The Machinima Miniseries’

Soundworks is currently recording dialogue for Machinima’s upcoming ‘Red Faction: Armageddon‘ miniseries, based on the newest installment of the popular videogame. The story takes place 50 years after the previous chapter, following Darius Mason and the Mars colonists as they confront the threat of an evil alien race that has been unleashed on the planet. An action-packed production in it’s own right, the miniseries will function as a supplemental narrative, to be released in conjunction with the game. In addition to dialogue recording, the Soundworks team will be contributing full audio post for the series (sound design, mix, and music score).

Check out the game trailer below.

 


2010 Recap

To get things started, here is a (relatively) quick rundown of 2010 Soundworks highlights. Feel free to follow the links for more info.

 

On the animation front, we continued recording dialogue and ADR for Seasons 1 & 2 of Nickelodeon’s “Bubble  Guppies”, dialogue and ADR recording for Season 2 of the hit show “Olivia”, dialogue and music (vocal) recording for Warner Bros.’ upcoming feature-length “Tom & Jerry Meet the Wizard of Oz”, dialogue recording and post-production mixing for the pilot episode of Disney’s upcoming “Oki’s Oasis” (featuring Mandy Moore), and dialogue recording for new episodes of the hit show “Handy Manny”.

 

Continuing our long-standing relationship with Walt Disney Records, Soundworks put it’s stamp on many Disney releases in 2010. Jeff was busy remastering and restoring a handful of classics – notably, the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack, released to coincide with the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD. We also continued our work recording, mixing and mastering for the Disney Karaoke series, including the Camp Rock 2 and Phineas and Ferb releases. Last, but not least, we mixed and sound-designed every entry in Disney’s ever-popular, multimedia “Read-Along” series – a handful of which are now available as iPhone or iPad applications. Notable entries include Toy Story 3, Tangled, Bambi, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Cinderella, and Winnie the Pooh (upcoming 2011).

 

In the realm of commercials and promos, we had a banner year. In cooperation with our old friend, producer Bill Sussex (of Radio Island Inc.), we mixed many a radio spot for the Fox network. Hear a radio commercial for “Glee” in 2010? Yup, that was us. As usual, our good friends & associates over at NuContext kept us perpetually busy – mixing countless promo spots and commercials for Lifetime, USA Network, The Disney Channel, Syfy, Fuse, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Teen Nick, Universal HD, Chiller, SoapNet, IFC, Sleuth, and The Hub networks. Check out samples from Fuse’s recent “This Video Sucks” campaign for the Foo Fighters and Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock 2″ campaign.

 

Producer and Director Marc Handler was in the studio recording ADR with engineer David Veneziano, for the animé series “Mixmaster: Final Force”.  Together, they recorded ADR for 39  22-minute episodes comprising the upcoming season. Below is a 10-minute preview from episode 6.

 

Following up our successful work on the motion-comics, “Superman: Red Son” (dialogue recording), and “Batgirl: Year One” (recording, music composition and full audio post) – Soundworks recorded dialogue for D.C.’s “Jonah Hex” motion-comics series, released in conjunction with the major-motion-picture. Check out the trailer below.

 

In the video-game scene, we are proud to have worked on recording and editing a massive amount of dialogue for Bethesda Softworks’ “Fallout: New Vegas”. Additionally, we worked on a wide variety of projects with our good friends over at Machinima – the ultimate TV network for the gaming community. We recorded dialogue for their Fable III and Online Underground webseries. In collaboration with our friends at Karactaz Animation, Machinima helped to produce the hilarious animated pilot, “Heel!” – which we had the great pleasure of recording, sound-designing and mixing. Rounding out our videogame-related works for 2010, we contributed audio-post for the live-action Youtube sensation “Bite Me” – which follows three videogame geeks contending with a real-life zombie outbreak. It’s a comedy – and no, it’s not for the kids.

 

Soundworks contributed full audio post for the 21 episode live-action web-series “Blue Belle”. Produced by 3 Minute Pictures, the series won Best Directing, Best Cinematography, and Best Drama Series awards at the L.A. Web Series Festival. Check out the trailer below, then watch the whole show over at 3 Minute Pictures.

 

So, those are the highlights. On to 2011! Check back often to see what we’ve been up to.


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