Toronto, Canada (September 4, 2015)—Tattersall Sound and Picture has added Dolby Atmos technology to its largest mixing stage and completed its first project in the immersive sound format.
Tattersall Sound & Picture provided both sound editorial and mixing services for the film, Hyena Road, an Afghan war drama from actor/director Paul Gross, which centers on Canadian troops facing Taliban attacks while struggling to complete a crucial highway link. The film will make its world premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Presentation.
According to facility co-founder and re-recording engineer Lou Solakofski, “Some of the combat scenes in Kandahar City were perfect for Dolby Atmos. It would allow us to place sounds on the ceiling, on sidewalls and back walls. We could make missiles and bullets fly right by your ear.”
Upgrading the company’s largest mixing theater involved several months of research, engineering and installation, and an investment in technology, including 32 new speakers. At the end of the process, Dolby engineers commissioned the studio and gave it official Atmos-certification, making it one of the first Canadian sound rooms to attain that status.
Solakofski says that the large speaker array creates an opportunity to build soundtracks that are richer, more nuanced and realistic that the 5.1 sound that has been standard for motion pictures. “As a mixer, you are always looking for a place to put audio in order to add suspense and help involve the audience,” he says. “That was definitely true in this case. It’s a bigger canvas to work with.”
Solakofski believes that audiences will appreciate the difference and fuel demand for Atmos-certified mixing: “We see it as a great investment. More films and television shows will adopt this format because the end user will demand it.”