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Inside the Audio Post-Production of ‘Parasite’

Audio post-production services for ‘Parasite,’ the first foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, were provided by South Korean film facility Live Tone Studios.

South Korea (February 26, 2020)—Audio post-production services for Parasite, the first foreign language film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, were provided by South Korean film facility Live Tone Studios. Its CEO, Ralph Tae-Young Choi, helped found the facility in 1997, and was the sound supervisor and re-recording mixer for Parasite.

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Choi tackled the project using one of the facility’s two large format AMS Neve DFC 3D film consoles, noting, “The sound of Parasite was so detailed and emotional that it needed the console automation to operate very efficiently and simply. This is where the Neve DFC 3D really came into its own.

Choi spent 12 weeks on the Parasite project: eight on sound editing and sound recording, two doing a pre-dub mix for Dolby Atmos and two on the final mix with director Bong Joon-ho. “I like all of the functions on the AMS Neve DFC 3D, but I especially love its filter, EQ, and compressor,” he says.

Although Bong kept ADR to a minimum, it was still necessary to re-record some of the dialogue for clarity. This process took place at Live Tone Studios’ ADR facility, which is equipped with a 48-channel Neve Genesys console. “The Neve Genesys console in that studio doesn’t have a moving fader option for automation, but it does have a warm analog sound and an intuitive control interface that can quickly and accurately process ADR recording,” Choi says. “We use it in conjunction with a Neve 1073DPA stereo preamp and a Neve 33609 stereo compressor to record the actors’ voices.”

Parasite also picked up Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film. It was honored with a Golden Reel Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Foreign Language Feature by the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

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