New York City (April 12, 2004)–Award-winning audio design and post-production facility HOThead recently worked on spots for Spartacus, a four-hour epic due to air on USA Network April 18-19, 2004. Starring Goran Visnjic and Alan Bates, this sweeping cinematic experience follows one of the greatest struggles for freedom history has ever recorded–that of the 1st century B.C. boy-slave Spartacus, growing up and leading a slave revolt against the occupying Roman Empire.
Following the success of last year’s USA Network blockbuster Helen of Troy, Spartacus re-unites TV marketing company Anatomy Media and their audio partners of last year, HOThead.
Anatomy Media founder and creative director Mark Valentine spoke of this year’s challenge. “Sound is very important to us,” he assured. “Over the years, Laki [Fotopoulos, HOThead co-founder and senior engineer] and I have developed a great working relationship. In addition to being a great mixer, he’s also skilled at sound design and sound editing. It’s not often that you’ll find all three of these talents in one person.
“The spots promoting Spartacus highlight the film’s action sequences. We worked hard to find just the right sound design elements to make it exciting. We even recorded original sounds when existing elements didn’t seem right. For example, in a scene where a gladiator is speared, I jumped into the recording booth and screamed a few times. I should have warmed up before doing that since I lost my voice for the next two days.
“Often, producers leave the audio mix for the last part of the process. It’s something that we think about early on. Sound drives our work. In order for spots to be effective, they have to connect with the viewer on an emotional level. Sound is a powerful way to make that connection.”