Westchester, NY (June 1, 2016)—When Two Worlds Collide, winner of the World Cinema documentary prize for Best First Feature at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, sports a soundtrack that includes Foley work from New York’s Alchemy Post Sound.
The film, by first-time directors Heidi Brandenburg Sierralta and Matthew Orzel, focuses on the conflict between indigenous people of the Peruvian rainforest and corporations bent on exploiting the region through mining, drilling and clear cutting. The film will have its world theatrical premiere at Film Forum in New York City on August 17.
Foley artist Leslie Bloome, mixer Ryan Collison, second foley artist Jonathan Fang and Foley editor Nick Seaman produced a host of intricately crafted sounds to add realism to rainforest environments, street demonstrations, oil pipelines and other scenes. Bloome’s first step was to review the film with notes provided by the supervising sound editor detailing scenes that needed Foley enhancement. The film includes scenes of public demonstrations and environmentalists working deep in the jungle that were shot quickly under challenging conditions. Production sound was often of poor quality or missing.
Bloome points to a scene showing police firing tear gas canisters at indigenous protesters. The sounds of the tear gas guns were missing from the production footage, so Bloome worked with the film’s sound effects editor to recreate them.
“It was obvious that the effects editor should do the actual gun shots, but it wasn’t so clear how to make the sounds of the canisters hitting the ground and rolling,” he recalls. “When the can stops rolling, it spins and so the sound of the spray has a Doppler effect. There needed to be movement in the spray.”
Both Bloome’s crew and the effects editor created sounds for the spinning tear gas canisters. They were blended together during the mix to produce the final effects.
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