New York, NY (May 27, 2008)–Re-recording sound mixer Rex Recker at audioEngine recently teamed up with longtime colleagues at Cappy Productions for At the Heart of the Games, a two-hour special that aired on ESPN2.
At the Heart of the Games tells the story of Emmy-winning filmmaker Bud Greenspan’s career as an Olympic documentarian. It was assembled with footage from his many films, which include historical records and tributes to the featured athletes and the spirit of the Olympic games, as well as interviews with the filmmaker and numerous sports and broadcast icons.
Recker’s association with Cappy Productions began over 15 years ago. On nearly every project, Recker has worked with writer/director/editor Michael Schanzer, Greenspan’s longtime editor, and the creator of At the Heart of the Games.
Recker’s work on the documentary involved some fairly extensive pre-production, as the film comprised several different chronological chapters and, for the mixer, corresponding OMF files. Working with Schanzer and another of Cappy’s go-to crew–sound editor, Esther Regelson–Recker strengthened the dialog sound and balanced the film’s diverse audio tracks, including music and sound culled from the Cappy archives.
“The biggest challenge on this film was cleaning up the dialog, which I did using a combination of EQ and compression, and the Sonic NoNoise plug-in inside Pro Tools,” notes Recker. “My job was really about balancing the music and other sound elements, as their sound editor handled a lot of the pre-mixing-the fades in and out, for example.”
Having worked with Recker on various long-form projects over nearly 20 years, Regelson comments, “Rex is extremely intuitive and easygoing, two of the qualities I want most from a mixer. Once he opens a session, before he has even looked at the film as a whole, he knows immediately how to tackle the sound, and he dives right in. If I have left something out or ask him to fix something tough, he manages it swiftly.”