Sony Returns to Transylvania

Sony Pictures Animation got the old team back together for Hotel Transylvania 2, its latest hit, reconvening the sound creatives from the film’s predecessor.
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Culver City, CA (October 7, 2015)—Sony Pictures Animation got the old team back together for Hotel Transylvania 2, its latest hit, reconvening the sound creatives from the film’s predecessor.

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Like its hit 2012 predecessor, the new film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and others. Also back for the sequel are supervising sound editor Geoffrey G. Rubay and his sound team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services.

The team worked alongside re-recording mixers Tom Johnson and Michael Semanick, composer Mark Mothersbaugh and music editor Andy Dorfman in building the movie’s soundtrack. Rubay also served as supervising sound editor for both installments of Sony Pictures’ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise.

“We were thrilled to be working again with Sony Pictures Animation,” says Rubay. “It’s rare to keep a team intact through four features and it has really helped us to refine and up our game.”

Other sound crew included supervising ADR/dialogue editor Curt Shulkey, sound effects editors Ryan Collins and John Dunn, Foley supervisor James Morioka, Foley editor Jon Wakeham, Foley artists Sarah Monat and Robin Harlan, Foley mixer Randy K. Singer, ADR mixer Howard London, re-recording mix technician Fred W. Peck III and apprentice Alec Rubay. ADR voice casting was performed by Caitlin McKenna.

“We had a much wider variety of monsters to work with,” on this sequel, Rubay recalls. “The cronies, who are large man-bats, were an especially interesting challenge.”

Rubay and his team created the signature wing sounds produced by these over-sized creatures by blending recordings of cardboard, plastic sheeting, a leather jacket and even lighting gobos borrowed from the Sony Pictures lighting department.

The team was also charged with creating a number of new sound environments as the plot for the new feature has the characters venturing out from their hotel home into the broader world.

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