A dialogue-free experimental film following a man in the midst of a break-up and his reflective view of his doppelganger viewed through a pair of antique binoculars.
Sound designer, Foley artist and dubbing mixer for this bold project. A film without any dialogue is always going to be a challenge from a sound design perspective. Getting the tone, atmosphere and dynamic just right was a fine balance between being far too subtle and complete overkill. Portraying the main characters emotions was imperative but did not suit over the top sound effects and design. This was a real life story about the break down of a relationship that did not lend itself to a bold soundtrack. This was what was kept in mind throughout, finding myself cutting away and subduing lot of material the further down the mix I got.
A main feature of the film was the memory teleportation device in the shape of an antique pair of binoculars. Reminiscent memories and flashbacks of the gradual breakdown of the main characters relationship are played out when he looks through the binoculars. These memory scene’s needed some sort of sound signature to use throughout the film. I eventually settled with the sound of a stylus touching a record. This sound gives me a sense of nostalgia and past that seemed to fit well. The subtle crackle of the record layered over a hollow wind-like texture designed alongside gave a nice contrast to these scene’s.
Another scene (shown in the short clip with this post) depicts insomnia in the main character. Passing lights across his bedroom window combined with his emptiness and troubled thoughts needed some appropriate sound design to amplify the experience. This was a fun scene to work on and seemed to fit well with what the director was looking for.
Atmos was a very important aspect of the design process with many subtleties of the story imprinted within it. One particular scene shows the main character sat in his kitchen drinking whisky felling very alone and isolated. Here activity on the street such as laughing and music coming from upstairs emphasised his loneliness, as if everyone else is having such a great time apart from him. This then leads into another insomnia scene where certain shouts, car alarms and the cries of foxes subtly keep niggling away at his consciousness, aggravating his already troubled thoughts.