James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D

‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ traces James Cameron’s record-breaking solo dive to lowest point on earth, the Mariana Trench, in the South Pacific.  Soundfirm were tasked with delivering the full theatrical sound post production on this epic and ground-breaking documentary feature.

Working closely with Cameron’s team, Soundfirm crafted a track that seamlessly wove the documentary location sound with re-imagined under-water worlds, particularly capturing the environment inside Cameron’s dive capsule and in the Mariana Trench itself.

The creative challenge came in building an underwater sound-scape where no location production sound existed,” said Soundfirm’s Sound Supervisor, Chris Goodes.  “Those worlds had to be carefully re-imagined, without compromise to the documentary, or the narrative,” he added.

The feature was mixed in 7.1 (by Goodes), as Soundfirm utilised resources across both their facilities in Sydney and Melbourne to deliver the sound post production.

Sound Designer, Steve Burgess, worked tirelessly with Chris Goodes and James Ashton (FX/Atmos Editor) in Melbourne, while Andy Wright completed the dialogue edit, pre-mixes, and oversaw foley (George Alamaras and Mario Vaccaro) and narration tracks from Soundfirm’s Sydney facility, on Fox Studios.

The film has been recognised and acclaimed in several ‘craft’ categories at recent awards, including  Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2015 ACCTA Awards, held at Sydney’s Star Entertainment Centre, and at  Best Feature Documentary at the prestigious MPSE Golden Reel Awards in Hollywood.

  • Motion Picture Sound Editors, Golden Reel 2015 – Nomination, Feature Documentary
  • ACCTA Nomination: Best Feature Length Documentary
  • ASSG Nomination: Best Sound for a Documentary