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Adventures in sound with Another Country

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the great honor of providing PR support for Another Country, the well-known sound design studio in Chicago. A leader in high-definition surround sound, the studio’s award-winning talents specialize in sound design and mixing for cinema, television, radio, gaming and online media. Each of its four 128-track Pro Tools HD suites is 5.1 to 7.1 capable, hosting all the best plugins, and offering ISDN and Source Connect capabilities and unparalleled stock music and sound effects libraries. Staff sound designers/mixers include John Binder, David Gerbosi, Drew Weir and Erik Widmark, and the executive producer is Tim Konn.

One of my many 2014 highlights from this relationship is an email I received from acclaimed filmmaker Steve James, commenting on Drew Weir’s contributions to his sensational Roger Ebert documentary feature from Kartemquin Films. Mr. James wrote: “Drew and his team at Another Country did a stellar and inspired job on our mix for ‘Life Itself.’ What I love about Drew is that no matter how granular we get about every detail of the mix, he’s right there with us, wanting to make it the very best it can be.”

To let you hear some of the latest sound designs from Another Country, I’ve organized the YouTube Playlist embedded above. You can also visit http://anothercountry.net to learn more.

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Killer Reels: Waveplant 2013

The personal brand of Chicago-based music producer, composer, musician, sound designer and programmer Joel Corelitz, Waveplant creates extraordinary musical scores for advertising, broadcast, gaming, film and live installations. Since 2006, working on an array of ultra-innovative projects, Waveplant has delivered sensational sound design-driven scores that are fresh, resonant, and award-winning. Today, Waveplant exists in the spaces where worlds collide… where technology meets heart and soul, and vital emotional connections spring to life.

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Motionographer spotlight

Motionographer (pronounced like “oceanographer”) seeks to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, animators and designers by sharing:
. outstanding work from studios, freelancers and students
. feature stories that give readers a closer look at influential studios and individuals
. commentary that sparks discussion or introspection about the creative process
. miscellaneous items that Motionographer contributors find interesting

Knowing that inspiration can come from anywhere, Motionographer’s contributors aim to provide interesting material spanning all media forms.

Among their recent selections is an exclusive “behind the scenes” feature story on the Motel 6 “Metamorphosis” spot from The Richards Group and King and Country. Check it out!

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Killer reels: human


human is a music and sound design initiative, creating innovative work for commercials, film, television and culture. Instilled with the spirit of a new paradigm, human enables collaboration within a global network of artists. While devoted to maintaining traditional values of excellence, artistry and knowledge, we embrace technology as a means of expanding the boundaries of genre, location and culture. humanworldwide.com

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Killer reels: echolab and Kultnation


By now I’m sure you’re well aware of my deep respect for high-end visual and sound design. Among the inspirational friends I consider to be emerging masters in these complementary storytelling fields are sound designer Gavin Little of echolab and director Marco Vinicio, aka Kultnation. In the recent past, these gentlemen (heralding respectively from Dublin, Ireland, and Mexico City, Mexico) have collaborated often, and I hope you’ll agree that the results are quite spectacular. To experience their latest works, please visit www.vimeo.com/echolab and www.vimeo.com/kultnation. Read more

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Emerging Filmmakers: Polynoid

“Loom” is the title of this amazing short film created by Polynoid (a collaboration among artists Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay, Fabian Pross and Tom Weber) and featuring original music and sound design by Joel Corelitz of Waveplant Studios. The highly ambitious project screened at this year’s OFFF in Barcelona and has so far been named Best International Animation Short Film at the Monterrey International Film Festival and Best Animation at Eksj√∂ Animation Festival 2011. For more information, visit polynoid.tv.

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Story pictures: Marko Costanzo by Gus Powell

I often tell people how pictures can make a story, and to me, the below photo by Gus Powell of Foley artist Marko Costanza for the Wired article “The Sound of Violence” is an excellent example. Of course, it’s also a great story by Joel Meares on the fascinating art of sound design for motion pictures. Check it out online at Wired.com. Read more

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Case Study: PostWorks

Last updated on Jan. 30, 2009: PostWorks Expands Services, Marketshare and Markets as Leading One-Stop U.S. Post Production Resource

“Strategic Public Relations Campaign Focused Sales and Marketing Efforts, Positioned Unmatched Resources and Commitment to Quality Customer Service”
See also: MEDIA COVERAGE

PostWorks is one of the film and television industry’s most advanced and comprehensive digital motion picture and HD post-production companies. In 2007, PostWorks expanded into Los Angeles, launching the first post-production company designed from the ground up to leverage data-centric and future-looking technologies. PostWorks and its global mobile post-production systems provider Orbit Digital were acquired in 2009 by H.I.G. Capital, a leading Miami-based private equity firm, as an addition to its Telecorps Holdings family of companies, which includes Wexler Video and Coffey Sound.

Executive Summary
During DWA’s five-year tenure as the PR agency of record for PostWorks (2004-2009), a results-oriented public relations campaign was orchestrated with other elements of a proactive marketing plan (authored by DWA), as its industry-leading post-production facilities, talents and capabilities expanded exponentially. Strengthening the company’s presence across the U.S. and internationally within the television and motion picture communities, the campaign also supported the 2005 acquisition of PostWorks: The Lab, the 2006 merger with international mobile post-production services leader Orbit Digital, and its very successful 2007 expansion into Los Angeles. Read more

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Case Study: Endless Noise

Lasted Updated on June 1, 2003: Grammy-Winning Composer Leverages Past Recognition and New Achievements to Successfully Relaunch Commercial Music and Sound Design Company

“Strategic Public Relations Campaign Designed and Executed by The Darnell Works Agency Helps Endless Noise Command Uncommon Success”

Endless Noise: a Hollywood-based commercial music and sound design company serving the global advertising industry’s most prestigious agencies.

Executive Summary
As the PR agency of record for Grammy-winning producer and composer Jeff Elmassian from 2001 to 2003, DWA was charged with successfully relaunching music and sound design company Endless Noise. In 2002, the company earned a Gold Clio Award, an International ANDY Award, an International Monitor Award, AICP Show recognition and the London International Advertising Award for Best Sound Design (to name but a few) for their phenomenal work on Nike “Freestyle,” then went on to earn the 2003 Cannes Lion for Excellence in Music, recapture its second-straight D&AD Silver Award for Use of Music in TV and Cinema Advertising Crafts, and also score an International Andy Award in the TV category and a One Show Awards Bronze — all for their work on Nike “Before.” Read more

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