We are happy to announce that Tom Paul has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming, taking home the award for his work on Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies at this years Emmy Awards. Tom collaborated once again with Joe Berlinger of “Paradise Lost” fame and @RadicalMedia. We are extremely proud of Tom and salute his accomplishments! This is the first of what we hope will be many accolades for Gigantic Studios.
Check out the full list of winners here: http://www.emmys.com/sites/emmys.com/files/2012-Creative-Arts-Emmys-Press-Release.pdf
Gigantic Post welcomed Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky and company from Radical Media to offline edit “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” in our facility. Picture Editor Alyse Speigel utilized our 24TB storage system to house all the years of archival footage they needed to cut together this terrific film. Re-Recording Engineer, Tom Paul, mixed the film in Mix A while Gigantic Post’s team of editors brought this film to life.
“Paradise Lost 3″ is the third installment in what is arguably one of the biggest mis-carrages of justice in the history of our country. The story follows three teenagers that are falsely convicted of killing three five year olds in West Memphis, Arkansas. After garnering national attention for almost twenty years, justice is finally served and the men are freed, but not before more questions surface about who may have killed the boys. Rarely has a film generated such an outcry for justice. We are honored to have worked on such a project.
Right as we speak, the new Rebecca Thomas film “Electrick Children” is being completed for a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Gigantic called upon C.A. Sound‘s Coll Anderson to helm the boards and provide his signature to the Audio Mix in our Mix A. We also recorded all the ADR and Foley in new high fidelity 32-bit audio. Gigantic might be the first studio on the East Coast to use the new version of the audio editing software Pro Tools 10 to enable 32-bit floating point audio mixing, editing and recording.
“Electrick Children” is a coming of age story about a girl who learns about her family, herself, and love, through music. With a great soundtrack and score, this film rocks!
Gigantic Post recently provided Audio Post Production services to Radical Media & Joe Berlinger for his film “Under African Skies”. Paul Simon‘s Grammy award winning album “Graceland”, that fuses traditional African music with his musical genius to form one of the greatest albums of all time, is turning 25 years old. Crazy how time flies! I remember sitting in my mom’s car listening to it over and over on cassette tape, remember those? Tracks like “You Can Call Me Al”, “Graceland” and “Diamonds on the Soul of Her Shoes” are classics.
In “Under African Skies”, we take a look behind the scenes on the making of the historic album along with the ramifications of Apartheid in South Africa. Simon was unaware of the how bad the situation was when he made the album, but when released endured heavy scrutiny over his decision to use South African musicians. At the heart of this movie is a great musical journey with incredible studio footage from the original sessions along with the band’s reunion show in South Africa. Let me tell you, they have not lost one beat. Simply amazing!
After previously working with Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky on their now Oscar nominated documentary “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”, Gigantic created a great sounding audio mix for “Under African Skies” that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week to standing ovations. It is Paul Simon after all! Even Oprah said “Graceland” was her favorite album of all time!
Gigantic Post recently worked with Cutter Hodierne, providing Audio and Video Post Production services for “Fishing Without Nets”, a film about Somali Pirates taken from the Somali point of view. This beautifully shot 15-min action packed short is in the Somali language with subtitles. The spoken dialect of the Pirates combined with shooting the film on location in Kenya gives “Fishing Without Nets” a hyper-realistic feel and the viewer begins to question if the film is a documentary.
But it is not. It is a great story of the tough choices these young Somali men must face that lead them to plunder the seas around them. By the end of the film, you are left wanting more and hopefully a full length feature film will supply that.
“Fishing Without Nets” went to Sundance film festival and came away with top honors winning the “Jury Prize in Shortfilmmaking”. Needless to say we are thrilled and look forward to continuing our relationship with Mr. Cutter!