Paul “Madman” Ehlers adds demonic voices to Stash

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Paul Ehlers proves he is more than just a “Madman” performing a multitude of diabolical, fiendish voices for the movie Stash. Sound Designer Thomas Jackson listens and records the session.

 

Saturday May 28, 2016 Long Island actor Paul Ehlers who played the brutal “Madman Marz” in the early 80s slasher gem Madman, carried out an array of different voices for Stash.

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Tarantulas are the type of cool things that surround you at Madman’s studio.

 

Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham says, “It’s really incredible how Paul can shift his voice, accent, language and speech patterns to become someone totally different, which was perfect for Stash.  Also he is so generous nature that it is a dream to collaborate with him.  Plus his place is loaded with all sorts of cool art, props and movie memorability that it made the whole experience just a lot of fun.”

 

 

 

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The infamous structure at 112 Ocean Ave

 

Sound Designer Thomas Jackson made his first pilgrimage to Long Island to record the session needed to complete the movie. Before heading to Ehlers, Wickham took Jackson by the infamous Amityville House, since it was in the neighborhood.

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Paul Ehlers watches Sound Designer Thomas Jackson do his expertise at the sound recording controls.

 

Prior to the session, Wickham re-watched Stash again and found some choice places where Ehlers could add his voice in a whispery-wind like way that might not even be audible in the movie.  Wickham says, “In those instances I visualized Paul’s voices mixing with the wooded locations seen in the movie.  I love to try to be extremely creative as a filmmaker and often add audio  & visual level elements to my movies that are designed for a subliminal level that the audience may not be aware, but will have an effect on them .  Paul was definitely up for the challenge, making his voice sound like it was blowing through the topography of the forest.

I’ve got to admit when Thomas and I added our voices to the film, just to give the film more texture and it wasn’t easy trying to create voices from hell screaming, crying and moaning from the depths of Hades.  I found that I would lose my breath while I was voicing a Tibetan Monk like chant, while Thomas can scream with the best of them.”

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Left to right: Stash Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham, Paul “Madman” Ehlers and Sound Designer Thomas Jackson after finishing the demonic voices session May 28, 2016

 

Wickham is super pleased with the session and the impact it’s going to have on Stash.  He cannot thank both Paul Ehlers for his high-level vocal skills and warm hospitality.  Wickham also feels deep gratitude for Jackson’s willingness to come out to the Island and his continued dedication to making the sound of Stash the best it can be.

Leftonred to take over as the 1st AC on Abandoned

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Filmmaker  Terry R. Wickham says, “When the 1st AC of the first shooting weekend Giorgio Savona couldn’t make our upcoming final shooting weekend for Abandoned, I had to find someone to do the job.

I believe we found another special talent who can help us.  Leftonred (that’s actually his name) or “Lefty” is a multi-talented guy who totally understands the art of photography and should be a big help for Director of Photography Adrian Popescu.  Not only has he been shooting stills and video for most of his life, he is also a Steadicam Operator, which will definitely be an asset in helping achieve my vision for this film.  Lefty has a real positive attitude which is something I always look for in crew members and plus he really wants to work on Abandoned.”

Leftonred, is a still photographer and Steadicam operator.  Vacuum cleaner dis-assembler at age 5, solo operation of a ski resort’s concession stand around 15 or 16, apprenticeship in a woodworking/cabinetmaking shop, machine builder, machinist, tool and die maker, sheet metal mechanic, QC inspector, QC manager, project manager for robotics manufacturer all while working his way to get a Mechanical Engineering degree at SUNY Stony Brook, aerobics instructor, personal fitness instructor, racquetball and squash teacher, record store owner, partner in wholesale distribution to record stores, IT consultant for 25+ years, Table Tennis coach, social media strategist, craft beer website listings creator, photographer, videographer.  It goes without saying he’s been around a couple of blocks a couple of times and says he always has fun doing what he does:)

Please go to Lefty’s website to learn/see his work, including the impressive list of equipment he uses:

http://leftonredphotography.com/