Hollywood, CA (June 6, 2013)—Mixers Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy of Margarita Mix have each won a 2013 Telly Award in the Sound/Sound Design category of the 34th annual competition. Dubin earned a Silver Telly for his work on Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights "Gates" spot for David & Goliath. Levy took the Bronze Telly for G-Net's Borderlands 2.
The TV commercial for the Universal Studios theme park's Halloween Horror Nights builds suspense for the holiday event, and plays on the theme and tagline: "Once you're inside, there is no way out." Dubin says, "The creative goal was to make the spot as scary as legally possible." He achieved that by playing with dynamics. "In a post-CALM world, there are still opportunities to make a great sounding mix if you pick and choose your moments to swing for the fences, balanced with some quiet spots."
Borderlands 2 is an extended live-action trailer for the video game, and features a barrage of action besieging a remote location. Levy's task was to create the sounds of an alien world, and a battle between the four heroes and evil forces attacking them.
Utilizing some sounds from the game as inspiration, Levy created the world literally from the ground up, starting with backgrounds and footsteps all the way through the guns, explosions and sounds for each character's unique fighting abilities, as well as vehicles, flying weapons and alien creatures. "This was really a pleasure to work on because these characters are so visually exciting, and [director] David Moodie and [producer] Lindsey Kohon gave me a lot of freedom to create and add to the sounds from the game," says Levy.
Dubin and Levy are part of an award-winning mixing team, which includes Paul Hurtubise and Jimmy Hite, to name a few, at Margarita Mix a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media.