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.
As a sound designer, Thomas Jackson combines his wealth of technical sound editing wisdom to assist in the suspended judgement concerning the uncertainty of a narrative. Highly motivated, raised by wolves, T. Jackson fascination and appreciation of sound for film is just as strong today as it was when he first developed an interest in story telling. Each piece of work he encounters, whether personal or professional, is met with the same kick-ass appreciation, no matter how large or small the project may be. With a B.F.A in Sound Design, nine years prior military services and two little hellions, there’s truly nothing that can keep T. Jackson from concurring the world.
Stash Director Terry R. Wickham says, “I feel relieved that I finally found the right person to do the Sound Design job for Stash. To be truthful, Thomas is the fourth person to take the reigns, but there is is big difference between what he’s doing and the people before him. First of all, Thomas dove right into working on the movie with no hesitation and the positive attitude to tackle all the work needed to be done. This is no small feat when you consider the original sound wasn’t recorded right and there was absolutely no sound recorded for half the shooting dates.
Thomas Jackson will be leading two new ADR sessions with Stash lead actors Jonathan Weirich on Saturday February 20 and Almog Pail on Saturday February 27.
I am positively elated to announce that Edwin M. Figueroa will be my Director of Photography for “Stash.” First of all, Edwin has a wealth of experience behind the camera serving as a cinematographer for over 20 years. Better than that is his skill for creating rich texture with deep contrasting lighting and composing cinematic framing. He’s an artist, not to mention director and totally gets the economic limitations we are facing but won’t let that stop him from producing great work. This is a huge victory for my vision of “Stash” being realized. I’m super psyched to collaborate with Edwin.”