Los Angeles, CA (October 23, 2007)–Mammoth Sound and Vision is developing sound effects for an upcoming 3-D animated feature film, Food Fight, utilizing Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI camera-mountable surround microphone for many of the on-location recordings.
Produced by Threshold Animation Studios and distributed by Lions Gate Family Entertainment, Food Fight chronicles the adventures of typical supermarket products that come to life when the store is closed. For this project, Mammoth Sound recorded “cartoon” biplane sound effects. Animated in 3-D, Food Fight required 5.1 sound effects. According to Mammoth Sound and Vision sound designer Mike Darren and Foodfight producer George Johnsen, the H4 SuperMINI’s manageable size in combination with its extremely accurate sound capture was a real asset to this project.
“When you’re flying in the back of a biplane or riding in the back of a racecar, carrying around a giant microphone is difficult, so that caused Mike to use equipment that would withstand harsh conditions without taking up a lot of space,” Johnsen explains. “That’s why the H4 SuperMINI has become a very good tool for us; we can team it with a solid state recorder and easily record in encoded or discrete. Of course, it only works because the sound quality is excellent.”
The H4 SuperMINI’s Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Pro Logic II encoder allows the Mammoth Sound crew to continue to use their smaller solid state recorders as opposed to a larger multi-channel recorder. In addition to using the mic directly connected to a recorder, the team also likes the option of utilizing the H4 SuperMINI attached to a camera.
“In many applications, I prefer to connect the H4 SuperMINI to a camera because it gives us a discrete picture of what’s going on,” Darren explains. “The ability to use the center zoom point for voice recording, while at the same time recording ambient sounds on the rest of the channels, is a major convenience.”