“A Post Audio Producer is someone who can see a certain potential in different individuals…combining their skills to create a soundtrack that will support the film as well as become its own entity…” – Sterling Lev
Take a minute to think about the kinds of films you watch and how they affect you. More specifically, take notice of how they affect your heart rate. Usually, there isn’t anything to notice because your heart keeps pumping as you sit entertained by what’s on the screen.
Now think about the times you watch a horror film – that’s pretty different, yeah? You get so engrossed in the story that you actually become afraid of what’s happening, and when you’re facing fear, your heart beats anywhere between 8 and 20 times faster than it’s normal rate – at almost 100 beats per minute.
Kind of intense, right?
It was that kind of feeling that our “EXPOSED” crew member of the week, Post Audio Producer Sterling Lev, wanted to create for A Different Kind of Silence -Fear. This short film recreates a dream-like environment, and we watch in anticipation as the lead is trapped in a nightmarish world, tortured by her younger self.
“…There is a notable soundtrack of foot tapping going on through the majority of the film…the tapping matches the BPM of a heart in a state of fear. With this idea…I decided that the use of reversing sounds, applying heavy reverb, and creating an ethereal feeling with the movements of the characters…” – Sterling Lev
The project took 4 months in total, starting in July 2016, and being worked on until it’s release on Halloween. After brainstorming ideas on which direction to take the story, Rachel Pedroza (director) and Sterling began to build teams from the ground up, making sure logistics had been taken care of. For Mr. Lev, one of the hardest parts was making sure no toes were stepped on, and that a good messaged was relayed between different teams.
“It can be easy to have people who find passion in a project try to do more work than they’re supposed to, which can unfortunately become a problem. As long as you make sure everyone is getting what they need without having interference’s from outside sources, then all will be well.” – Sterling Lev
At the end of the day, both Sterling and Rachel had a project they could be proud of. The duo was able to get the different teams to work well together, and did a good job of keeping them happy.
“My favorite part was taking the different elements and assets that the…team members prepared, and putting them all together into a single mix…hear it all come together. Its a good feeling and very satisfying to see everyones work become a whole new being.” – Sterling Lev
Big thanks to Sterling Lev, for sharing your film A Different Kind of Silence – Fear with us at ETC! If you would like to contact Andy to produce audio for your next project, please CONTACT US, and we’ll connect you with him!
Also, we’d like to shoutout to DJ Meadows (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tribeca Flashpoint (email@example.com) for their contributions to the film!
Thank you for watching this week’s Exposing the Crew “EXPOSED” short film!
We’ll See You All Next Tuesday,
Samantha George (Producer, JJack Productions)