New York, NY (July 8, 2004)–Marshall Grupp Sound Design recently designed sound for a pair of 90-second theatrical commercials promoting New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. The spots, which look like scenes from classic films, pay tribute to the cinematic art as well as the idiosyncrasies of tried and true New Yorkers. Sound designer Marshall Grupp, who began his career as a sound editor for features, created dynamic, richly textured sound effects tracks for the two spots, helping to illustrate the stories of a mob hit and a romantic encounter on a rain-strewn street.
Gangsters plays out like a scene from The Godfather as a pair of mobsters confronts a “weasel” and pump him full of lead. The familiar scenario, however, is given a New York twist as a woman, who happens upon the scene, expresses interest in the dead man’s rent-controlled apartment. In Love Story, a couple engages in a gushy reconciliation on a rainy city street, but before they can drive off into the night, a fellow New Yorker steals their cab.
Part of a recent upswing in cinema ads, the project provided Grupp with an opportunity to do the kind of careful, detailed sound work usually reserved for big budget films. Combining Foley and digitally produced sound elements, Grupp created tracks that help to set the scene and drive the narrative.
Grupp served as supervising sound designer on the 2001 film L.I.E., directed by Michael Cuesta, and as supervising sound editor on the films Bob Roberts, Dark Harbor and Zelly and Me. He began his career as an assistant sound editor on the Academy Award winning film Reds. Grupp is currently designing sound for End of the Century, a documentary about the rock group The Ramones.
Marshall Grupp Sound Design and Music