Sound mixing at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes

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The final sound mixing on Ethel and Ernest continues this week at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes at the helm.

Adrian Rhodes

Adrian Rhodes at Goldcrest films during the sound mix for Ethel and Ernest

Adrian is one of the most highly regarded Sound Designers and Re Recording mixers in the industry with a particularly strong association with animated films. Having studied at the National Film and Television School and become one of the first sound specialist graduates he launched into his professional career alongside fellow graduate Nick Park.  His relationship with the Aardman production team flourished with the award-winning films The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Chicken Run and Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists nominated for an Oscar Award in 2013. Adrian has continued his close relationship with Aardman as Sound Designer on Shaun The Sheep Movie, which also received an Oscar nomination in 2016.

 

 

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Editor Richard Overall

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Richard OverallOne person who has been with the Ethel and Ernest film from the beginning is our editor Richard Overall. These past few weeks have been the busiest ever for him as we head towards the delivery of the film in a few weeks time. This week there are the final sound mixes taking place at Goldcrest in Soho. Then on Thursday and Friday of this week are the first sessions of picture grade. Last week Richard was very much involved as the music was recorded at Angel studios, and we also did some ADR sessions (voice pick-ups with the lead actors) at Goldcrest.  This is one of the most exciting times for the editor as everything starts to come together and they can fine tune the cut of the film. As the finished scenes come through from the compositing team at Cloth Cat studios there is the chance for those all important tweaks to timings right up to the final delivery.

Richard Overall editing Ethel and Ernest

 

 

Animator Sarah Airriess

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Among the many top animators working on Ethel and Ernest was Sarah Airiess. Sarah’s animation and posing opens the film, and she also animated the whole of the Christmas decoration sequence that is depicted on page 50 of the book.

Working from her home in Cambridge she always produced scenes full of wit, charm and brilliant observation.  She has produced some stand out sequences for us.

To discover more about Sarah and her work visit her blog here.

Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest

Animator Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest from her home in Cambridge.

Attention to detail on the sound

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As we enter the final stages of production attention turns to the sound design for the film. To make things as authentic as possible trips were organised yesterday to various  locations to record engine sounds. From old ford engines, to a 1950s Lambretta scooter, and from World War 2 Spitfires to old London buses, editor Richard Overall (Lupus films) and Supervising Sound Editor Adrian Rhodes (Goldcrest films) got it all. Even a very old bike from the 1930s was recorded to get exactly the right sound of a spinning wheel.

Here are some shots taken at a location near Billericay in Essex where David Wilkinson buys up really old and dilapidated London buses and renovates them as new.

Adrian Rhodes recording

Adrian Rhodes (left) from Goldcrest Films post production is the supervising sound editor on Ethel and Ernest. Peter Warnock (centre) is sound design assistant, and the driver and renovator of the bus is David Wilkinson.

Recording of a renovated old bus for Ethel and Ernest

The bus is taken for a drive and the sound crew get every splutter and engine murmur for use in the film.

 

Editor Richard Overall

On the left of picture is Ethel and Ernest editor Richard Overall

Old bus interior

Recording the engine sound from inside the bus as it goes for a trip around Billericay

Cloth Cat studio in Cardiff Bay going flat out to the finishing line…

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Another visit to Wales this week to the Cloth Cat studio where the ink and paint department, CG department, and the compositing department are all working flat out to get the film finished on time.

Cloth Cat are housed in the Gloworks building, which is next to BBC Cymru Wales and the Doctor Who Experience in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay.

Gloworks building Cardiff Bay

The Cloth Cat crew on Ethel and Ernest

Cloth Cat’s Ethel and Ernest crew in front of the Gloworks building, Cardiff Bay

The Cloth Cat crew working on Ethel and Ernest_April 2016

The Ethel and Ernest production crew at Cloth Cat.

Compositor working on Ethel and Ernest

George Petkov compositing a shot using Nuke software

Neil Martin and Sam

Head of Compositing Neil Martin (left) and Sam Wright head of the CG team, discuss a shot involving the integration of CG animation with 2D hand drawn animation.

Two of the compositors on Ethel and Ernest_April 2016

Compositors Jay Murray and Alesja Surubkina

 

 

Animator Laurent Kircher

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Watch out for some great comedy scenes in Ethel and Ernest courtesy of top animator Laurent Kircher. Ernest dismantling the old cooking range, which is on page 16 of the book,  is one of Laurent’s sequences.

He also animated the ‘outside the ballroom’ sequence which is one section that has been invented for the film and was not in Raymond Briggs’ book .

Laurent also animated the Ernest on his bike shots for the key moment in the film when Ethel and Ernest first meet (page 3 and 4 of the book).

Animator Laurent Kircher with animation director Peter Dodd

Laurent Kircher (centre) talking with Peter Dodd (Ethel and Ernest animation director)

P.16 of the Ethel and Ernest book

One of the scenes in the book that Laurent was given to animate

 

 

Raymond’s help with the making of the film

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As well as being an executive producer on the film Raymond Briggs has also been invaluable in providing reference for ‘Ethel and Ernest’. He still owns many of the objects that belonged to his parents, so being able to handle them and take photos of them was a fantastic opportunity to give authenticity to our backgrounds.

An example below shows one of the candlesticks that feature a lot in the film. There are two of them that sit either side of the mirror that Ernest brings home one day and puts up on the mantlepiece.

Candlestick

One of Ethel and Ernest’s candlesticks that Raymond has kept. They feature a lot in the book and also the film.

Raymond Briggs with milk bottle and jug

Raymond Briggs (March 2016) holding the type of old Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society  milk bottle that his father used to deliver when he pushed his milk cart around the streets of south west London. In Raymond’s left hand is a jug of the kind that hangs from the dresser in the kitchen (see P.49 of the book).

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