New York, NY (March 28, 2014)—Re-recording mixers Skip Lievsay and Craig Henighan mixed director Darren Aronofsky's new epic, Noah, at Deluxe New York’s new Dolby Atmos-equipped mixing stage at 435 Hudson Street.
The theater is among the largest Dolby Atmos-capable sound stages in New York. "[The stage] is a welcome addition to the city," says New York-based Lievsay, who mixed dialogue and music for the film and is a recent recipient of an Oscar for Gravity. "It's nice to have another relatively large stage in the city and this is the largest with Dolby Atmos capability, which was vital for Noah. It was a great place to work."
"Obviously, there is a lot of rain in the story of Noah," says Henighan, "and Dolby Atmos allowed me to take the rain to the back of the theater and overhead. I had recorded a lot of real rain from outside and inside wooden barns and I was able to spread all these sounds throughout the theater to give the audience an incredible sense of really being inside the ark."
"Dolby Atmos gives you more options for moving energy around the room and ceiling," Lievsay elaborates. "If a character is speaking off-screen—say they would be to the rear left of the theater—we can accurately place that character in that space. If you're a director who is open to that idea as Darren is, then Dolby Atmos is really the only way to do it."
“The crew at Deluxe and Dolby started in late December and burned the midnight oil to get everything completed so by the start of 2014, we were able to do all the sound work with the entire team based in New York," adds Henighan.
"To have Darren Aronofsky and his talented team do the first mix on the stage is something I never could have imagined,” enthuses Domenic Rom, Deluxe New York's general manager.
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