New York, NY (August 25, 2005)–Tracking The Monster is the new documentary featuring actress Ashley Judd and singer/ songwriter India.Arie, chronicling their journey through AIDS-ravaged Africa. For Bionic Media audio engineer Brian Rund, who handled the audio post production the project, it is a project that was both personally and professionally rewarding.
Although a huge global issue, as for many people, it hit close to home. “I lost a cousin to AIDS so this is a significant topic for me personally,” said Rund. “This film is a very raw, personal and moving piece. The challenge for me was to draw out the emotion, and both the music queues and the natural sounds played a critical part. This film needed to be dynamic and you had to feel deeply what these people are feeling, so we worked hard to draw that out and get those emotions onto the screen.”
Because this was a documentary shot in some extremely remote corners of the continent, much of Rund’s time was spent cleaning up audio that wasn’t always recorded perfectly. “My main focus was enhancing the dialogue. We didn’t want to rely too much on captions, so we spent a lot of time working on the dialogue. It was important that the sound was seamless, because it’s a film that you have to feel, and if you can’t hear it then viewers can’t react.”
For director/co-executive producer Matthew Ginsburg of Boom Pictures, New York, Rund’s commitment to the project was impressive and took the film to another level. Said Ginsburg, “He’s an incredibly talented engineer with a real passion for the process. For him it’s not just about making the levels right or settling for some out-of-the-box EQ, he’s always striving to make it better, he hears things that not many people do–he’s like a hawk. He cares as much as we do and as the commercials say, that’s priceless.”