Soundfirm @ MIFF 2014






Soundfirm at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2014

Soundfirm are well represented at MIFF 2014, with no less than four films posted by us making the cut; including the Spierig Brothers epic thriller, ‘Predestination’ (Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook)  which opens the Festival on the 31st July.  Projects include:

My Mistress’ – full post production, picture/sound and re-investment (Soundfirm Sydney & Melbourne )

Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films’ – sound post (Soundfirm Melbourne)

Paper Planes’ – sound post production (Soundfirm Melbourne)

Predestination’ – sound post production (Opening Night film) (Soundfirm Melbourne)

Baby Baby’ [Short Film] – Soundfirm Sydney.

 MIFF runs from the 31st July to the 17th August at various venues in the City.

Go support them - and we hope to see you for a celebratory drink at the bar on Opening Night!  Enjoy the Festival.


Life at 9


Soundfirm Sydney have completed the full picture and sound post production on ‘Life at 9’ – the 5th installment of the seminal ‘Life Series’ of documentaries, for Heiress Films and the ABC.

Life at 9’ provides a window on Australian childhood in an effort to uncover just what it is that gives a child the best chance at life.  Explored through ‘Independence’ (episode 1) and ‘Creativity’ (episode 2), the series represents a comprehensive study of childhood development, from first picking up their stories at aged just one, to now, 8 years later.

Soundfirm undertook the full post production from their Sydney facility; from on-set and on-location data management, though to a complex multi-camera conform, grade and online; full sound post production, and management of delivery to the ABC.

Producer, Naomi Just, said “Soundfirm saw us through our picture and sound post production for “Life at 9”, helping us with a holistic production pathway, for which I am most grateful.”

“’’The Life Series’ is a really important and compelling piece of documentary,” said Soundfirm General Manager, Paul Willey.  “We’re proud to have been able to deliver an end-to-end solution; working through the complexities of the series with the client, and meeting the challenges inherent in a project of this scale head-on.”

‘Life at 9 – Independence’ airs on the ABC tonight, 29th July 2014;  episode 2, ‘Creativity’ airs on the 5th August,  both at 20.30hrs. 

Soundfirm Post Production:

Offline resources – Spectrum Films, Fox Studios

Jasmin Cornford – Post Production Manager

Colourist – Angela Cerasi

Online Editor – Shane Goddard

Senior Mixer/Head of Sound – Andy Wright

VO Recordist – Diego Ruiz

Driving Miss Daisy

With the filmed version of Alfred Urhy’s acclaimed stage play ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ hitting cinema screens around the world, Melbourne has a starring role behind the scenes. The movie was shot at our own Comedy Theatre during the show’s Australian tour, following highly successful runs on Broadway and in London.

Starring legends of stage and screen Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, a local crew was used for the six-camera shoot and Melbourne-based Soundfirm completed all post-production – picture and sound.  Another feather in our cap was the choice of editor, local luminary Jill Bilcock, who clinched the gig with the special blessing of Ms Lansbury.

Melbourne’s stage production was universally praised and New York company Broadway Near You (dedicated to bringing Broadway and West End plays to the big screen) commissioned Melbourne’s Richard Moore of Umbrella Entertainment to produce the movie version.

CEO of Broadway Near You, Lee Deboer, has praised the film, saying, ‘The perfect rendition of Driving Miss Daisy was also captured perfectly – and a big part of that achievement was Soundfirm’. Take a bow Melbourne!

The film is initially screening at Village Cinemas on August 2 and 3, featuring a Q&A session with Angela Lansbury beamed in from London, followed by an Australia-wide limited season.

4k upgrades for Soundfirm Picture Post Kit

Soundfirm have upgraded their Mistika systems to add 4k render ability – and have additionally purchased 2 x Mamba FX licences to provide further compositing support to their picture post production suites.

Soundfirm General Manager, Paul Willey, said “we were the first facility in Australia to deploy SGO’s Mistika, and we remain very committed to their tools for high-end 2D and 3D picture post production.  Mamba is a very light-weight but powerful set of tools that adds creative flexibility when completing conform FX, in support of third-party visual FX vendors, for theatrical and broadcast projects.  The 4k render upgrade ensures we can Master and post produce pictures in the high resolutions that clients expect, as 4k and RAW acquisition slowly but surely becomes the norm.”