Austin, TX (August 27, 2014)—Director Robert Rodriguez and his team at Troublemaker Studios used Avid Everywhere to create the new 3D feature film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Rodriguez’s brought his latest feature to life using the Avid MediaCentral Platform, using solutions from the Avid Artist Suite and Avid Storage Suite. “The performance of Avid’s solutions has allowed me to keep my post process quick, streamlined, and personal,” said Rodriguez, whose other movies include Machete, Planet Terror, Sin City, the Mexico Trilogy and From Dusk Til Dawn. “These products, and the workflows they drive, enable me to collaborate with a close creative team to make big features in a family environment.”
The sound department’s workflow was centered on the Avid Artist Suite’s Avid Pro Tools | Software for sound editing and mixing. The mix stage included Pro Tools systems for dialog, music, effects, and recording, all networked together using Satellite Link. The sound team used Pro Tools|HDX, enabling all the sound effects elements from the editors to be carried through to the final mix without any pre-dubbing or premixing. Some reels feature 500 or more sound effects.
“Usually in feature films, there’s never really time to experiment creatively because the stage time is so expensive,” said Brad Engleking, sound supervisor/re-recording mixer. “But the processing power of Pro Tools|HDX frees up more time to try things you might not have otherwise, enabling the creative process.”
Co-editor Ian Silverstein worked collaboratively with Rodriguez using Avid Media Composer | Software, part of the Avid Artist Suite, to cut multiple versions of scenes in a continually evolving, sculpting process involving constant back and forth between them. Avid’s ISIS shared storage solution, part of the Avid Storage Suite, enabled multiple editors to work on sequences at the same time, and provided expanded storage capacity. Media Composer helped the team cope with time pressures and the multiple deliverables needed for a stereo 3D film.