Pictured (L-R) at Ocean Way’s Stage M at Paramount Pictures are scoring mixer Frank Wolf, chief tech Norm Dlugatch and recordist Greg Hayes. Photo by David Goggin. Los Angeles, CA (November 20, 2007)–Stage M at Paramount Pictures reopened this year under the auspices of Ocean Way Recording. Award-winning scoring mixer Frank Wolf recently completed sessions for Leatherheads at the studio, which was shuttered in July, 2006.
Wolf was mixing the Randy Newman score for the George Clooney-directed motion picture, in which Clooney stars alongside Renee Zellweger. The film is a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional team drafts a college sensation, with ensuing complications.
“Stage M is a great, big theatrical control room to work in,” says Wolf, seated at the studio’s 96-input Neve VR Legend console. “Working here gives you a good perspective on the sound of a large movie theater.”
The large scoring stage, with a 1.2 second natural reverberation, accommodates 100-plus musicians for orchestral dates. In the past, the studio has hosted sessions for the scores of such films as The Ten Commandments, Psycho, Sunset Boulevard and Out of Africa. Prior to the Clooney project, Wolf also mixed Hairspray at Stage M.
“The crew here is top notch,” continues Wolf. “Chief tech Norm Dlugatch has operated the studio for many years and Dave Dubow is responsible for booking the room and making sure everything is working perfectly. I worked with Dave for years at Signet Sound, so it’s great to have him here at Stage M.”
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