The first bit of work I will be doing in 2016 is fitting all the foley I shot with Foley Artist Lou Brown for the Sci-Fi short film Pulsar. The recording session itself, done at Fonic (Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine) was great fun, hearing everything come alive with Lou's incredibly detailed and accurate moves and footsteps and having Director Aurora Fernley there to lend a helping hand to find her envisioned sounds for certain props and surfaces was great. For example, we needed the floor of the spaceship to sound metallic but not hollow. More sturdy and industrial. We played around with a few things and eventually shoved some trousers under the metal grate and found a happy medium. Another example is the sync recording of the 'rune' falling on glass (a bone-like object) sounded too wooden (oddly) and Lou ended up rolling rocks across various stone and concrete surfaces to create the correct effect. Getting these sounds right is crucial in creating the correct soundscape needed to tell Aurora's story and Lou absolutely nailed it. They were both a pleasure to work with.
Winner of The Pitch (sponsored by Pinewood), Pulsar is a modern take on the Biblical story of Jonah: "A Peacemaker, who rejects his final mission to save an endangered planet, is believed to be cursed when a solar storm hits his spaceship" starring Daivd Gyasi (Interstellar). It is set almost entirely in space and of the spaceship itself and therefore requires a lot of visual effects. I'm almost done of the sound design aspects of the film, just waiting for final vfx to come through to finish this - and with the quality of the visual effects I've already seen, if all goes to plan at the final mix, I think the final film could be something very special. Watch this space!