These Final Hours

Set to be released in Australian cinemas on the 12th June 2014, ‘These Final Hours’, follows the story of a young man’s journey on his last day on Earth. The once self-obsessed partygoer (Nathan Phillips) saves the life of a young girl searching for her father, leading him on a path of redemption.

Soundfirm provided Director, Zac Hilditch and first-time Producer, Liz Kearney, with a top of the line sound package rolled out across their two Australian facilities. A talented team of ADR and foley recordists provided a strong foundation that lead into a thrilling final mix in Soundfirm’s premium Melbourne facility. Yet again a seamless “under-one-roof” interstate approach has been used to provide a client with the best possible service to suit their post-production requirements.

Sound Mixer - Chris Goodes

Sound Editor - Rob Mackenzie

ADR - Diego Ruiz & Nicky Robinson

Foley Team - Steve Burgess, Mario Vaccaro, George Alamaras & Alex Francis


Director - Zac Hilditch

Executive Producer - Robert Connolly

Producer - Liz Kearney

Post-Production Producer - Rachel McKellar-Harding


Soundfirm have recently completed and delivered the full sound post production on “Schapelle”; one of the most hotly-anticipated dramas on Channel Nine's Summer programming line up.

The telemovie follows the true story of the 27-year-old beauty school drop-out from the Gold Coast, who was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kg of marijuana in a boogie board bag.  At first, Schapelle's arrest was barely noticed by the Australian media, but once photographs and details of the story were published, it sparked a media frenzy. Schapelle (played by actor Krew Boylan) avoided the death penalty, but was sentenced to 20 years in Bali's notorious Kerobokan Prison.  Her arrest and trial become a real-life soap opera that shocked and divided the nation. A decade later the question remains, did she really do it?

The films's broadcast, on the eve of Schapelle's own release in Bali on the 10th February, sparked a controversial dialogue in the media, and across social networks.

“Schappelle” sees Soundfirm continue to develop their reputation for finishing high-end TV dramas, Docu-dramas and Telemovies, bringing over 30 years of feature film experience to the Australian TV market. Soundfirm oversaw the sound design, foley, ADR and final mix of this project across their facilities in Melbourne and Sydney. Their inter-state facilities have once again delivered an "under-one-roof"  solution for sound post production; building the best sound team of dialogue, FX and atmosphere Editors (regardless of location) to the film, as well as ADR and foley.









Soundfirm Post Producer: Melissa Lee (Melbourne)

Foley Team: Mario Vaccaro, George Alamaras & Alex Francis

ADR: Diego Ruiz & Nicky Robinson

Dialogue Editor: Ralph Ortner

Sound Mixer: Ralph Ortner

FX Editor: Simon Rosenberg

Dolby Atmos Adds New Dimension to The Monkey King

January 23, 2014 Dolby Atmos Adds New Dimension to The Monkey King


Melbourne, January 23, 2013-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced today that The Monkey King (Filmko Entertainment Ltd., Beijing) will be mixed and released in the Dolby® Atmos™ cinema sound platform. The Monkey King, a much beloved story, is as much a part of Asian culture as The Odyssey or The Wizard of Oz is to the West. This first installment in a trilogy of live-action 3D movies is a prequel to The Journey to the West, the often told story of the Monkey King's adventures on the road to India.

Dolby Atmos has quickly become the preferred choice for next-generation cinema sound among major studios, award-winning filmmakers, and exhibitors around the world.

"As an important player in the filmmaking industry, we are always looking forward to delivering exceptional experiences through great storytelling and new technologies. Dolby Atmos will help us use sound to transport audiences right into the world of The Monkey King," said director Soi Cheang.

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theatre to create a lifelike, virtual reality of sound and the most engaging cinema experience ever.

"Mixing in Dolby Atmos is a major leap from 5.1 and 7.1. Greater dynamic range and full-range overhead monitoring allows so many new options to creatively enhance the spatial environment. This is especially useful with music and the atmospherics in The Monkey King, creating more space for onscreen dialogue and effects. Using objects in Dolby Atmos gave us fantastic directional information. During mastering, the Dolby Atmos mix automatically folded beautifully into 5.1. Soundfirm Melbourne's new Dolby Atmos mixing stage sounds incredible and is a pleasure to mix in. We can't wait for the next opportunity to tackle another Dolby Atmos mix," said Chris Goodes and Steve Burgess, Sound Designer and Rerecording Mixers, Soundfirm.

"We are incredibly excited and are really looking forward to the release of The Monkey King in Dolby Atmos," said Leong Yan Yoong, Regional Director, South East Asia, Dolby Laboratories. "At Dolby, we are passionate about providing filmmakers and storytellers with innovative technologies and tools to help them create the most epic experiences."

The Monkey King will be the first Dolby Atmos movie to be mixed by Soundfirm, Australia's largest independent postproduction company (

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Laboratories is equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology, the only object-based cinema sound platform available today. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever.

Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award® winning directors, and 12 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 450 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 40 countries with more than 150 exhibitors. One hundred films from 10 different countries-representing a broad range of genres from action thrillers and animated features to comedy and horror-have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.

Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.

For the latest list of Dolby Atmos titles, visit To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information, please visit

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