Jonathan Weirich finished all his ADR for STASH @ School Audio Engineering in New York City on Wednesday March 2, 2016.
Considering it had been almost a year since he recorded the first go of ADR and that the movie was shot in July 2014, this was a BIG DEAL in terms of the movie working towards completion.
Sound Designer Thomas Jackson was very impressed with Jonathan’s ability to get back in character and match the cadence of what he did on the screen a year and a half earlier. So impressed was he with Weirich’s 2nd session in ADR, that the Sound Designer asked the actor if he had rehearsed prior to the second session and the actor said no.
With lead actress Almog Pail schedule for another long ADR Saturday March 12, STASH continues to move forward to finally getting done.
With new Assistant Editor Jason Paluck putting the final edit touches to the film and a Motion Graphics Artist soon joining the post-production team, things are looking up for STASH.
Saturday February 27th Actress Almog Pail journeyed to School of Audio Engineering in New York City to record her voice as “Faith Daniels” in Stash with Sound Designer Thomas Jackson.
Director Terry R. Wickham says, “It was really great to see Almog and have her do the voice for “Faith” once again. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this was the second go-around for recording ADR for this movie. We did it eleven months prior with a different Sound Designer. But when Thomas determined the first ADR recording wasn’t good enough, I had to ask her to do it again.
The good thing is that this time is different. We actually are recording in a honest-to-goodness recording environment with a Sound Designer who is determined to get it right. The truth is that Stash is a true calling card for Almog. She’s in every scene in the movie. This makes for a lot of painstaking work trying to match her on screen performance after the fact. But I think she realizes how important it is that we get it right, because it’s her movie as much as it is mine. In the end she’s terrific and we can’t wait until everyone gets a chance to see that.”
The biggest problem with my movie STASH was the sound or should I say lack of. Only half the shooting days had sound recorded and what was recorded wasn’t usable. So basically I had a movie that didn’t have a voice.
Sound Designer Thomas Jackson is rectifying that problem big-time. Being a military veteran like myself, the audio whiz is attacking the problem and the results so far are turning a negative into a positive. Thomas dove into supplying the film with all sorts of sound effects and Foley work, which I got to view today for the first time. This may sound simple and something a movie gets automatically, but that is not the case.
Thomas is matching what’s happening on the screen and then going beyond into a creative realm to add little touches of creepiness to increase the suspense and give the movie life and texture.
I can’t divulge all the secrets of what he’s putting in the sound mix (some are even at a subliminal level) but I will say there is a lot he’s doing to make the movie come to life. For example, there are things we couldn’t pull off through physical production from lack of time or money, that are being accomplished through his sound work.
Today Saturday February 20, 2016 we began ADR Sessions with actor Jonathan Weirich, who plays “Minister Malcolm” @ School of Audio Engineering in New York City. Seeing the movie play with his voice recorded professionally, is getting all of us excited about how it’s improving the STASH by leaps and bounds.
Next Saturday February 27th, we have a full ADR Session with lead actress Almog Pail, which undoubtedly push STASH’s quality even higher.
I can’t thank my actors’ enough for their commitment to the film and Thomas dedicated, unwavering approach. I’m damn lucky to have such talented passionate people working with me and everyone is going to benefit from their effort once you see the movie.