Film - Sound Design & ReRecording

Markus Krohn
Leipzig

"Memory Games"

majade Filmproduktion GmbH, Sierra/Tango Productions, Momento Film

Pic © majade Filmproduktion GmbH

Directors: Janet Tobias & Claus Wehlisch


Memory Games follows memory athletes from Germany, Sweden and the United States on their way to a world championship. Through the use of animation, we experience how the geniuses use unique and individual visualisation techniques to memorize an incredible amount of information. Letting the impossible become true in front of our eyes, Memory Games tells a passionate story of how memory makes us human.text©majade Filmproduktion GmbH

Collage of Animations with Sound Effects

©majade Filmproduktion GmbH & Sierra/Tango Productions NYC

This film is an interesting mix of classical interviews, documentary material and nice animations. It was nice to work on it using my imagination for the animations and focusing on nice dialogs and atmospheres in the documentary parts. I attended parts of the shooting as well and was able to experience the impressive skills of the athletes. Great! Format: Theater Mix 7.1 & 5.1

"Oblivion Verses" (Los Versos Del Olvido)

House on Fire, Endorphine Production GmbH, Lemming Film, Quijote Films

Pic © House on Fire

Director: Alireza Khatami


The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raid the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past. text©House on Fire

Collage of Sound Effects

©House on Fire (FR), Endorphine Production GmbH (D)

A poetic and quiet film with historic and political background. It was great creating some magic using metaphoric sounds, elements with historic and mythological connotations. Hollywood Reporter: “Blending elements of magical realism, political strife and Kafkaesque ennui to partially satisfying effect, Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido) marks an intriguing if rather elusive feature debut for Iranian writer-director Alireza Khatami.” Format: Theater Mix 5.1

"Posoki" (Directions)

argofilm

Pic © argofilm

Director: Stephan Komandarev


DIRECTIONS is a road movie through the dystopia that is present day Bulgaria, a country that remains optimistic, mainly because all the realists and pessimists have left. At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a cab to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now wants its share of the action. At his wit’s end, he shoots the banker and then himself.

The incident sparks national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward. text©argofilm

Collage of Sound Effects

©argofilm

After the first episode with Misho killing the corrupted banker, we spent almost the whole time with the drivers and their passengers in the taxis floating through the nightly city of Sofia. 5 long and complex plan sequences! Great, no cut in 20 Minutes! Each manoeuvre of the car rides was „re-driven“ and recorded during post-production. The cars become protagonists. We perceive the (outer) world like visitors through the window. That is how life passes by for our characters as well… Format: Theater Mix 7.1 / 5.1

"The Stolen"

Corkfilms London

Pic © Corkfilms London

Director: Niall Johnson


The 1870s. Young Charlotte Lockton has settled in the South Island of New Zealand with her wealthy British husband, David. But her dreams of a new life and prosperous future are violently shattered when David is murdered at their home and her baby son is kidnapped. After months of waiting for her the return of her child—and frustrated with the apathy of the authorities - when a ransom note arrives she realises that her only option will be to track him down on her own... text©thestolenmovie.com

Collage of Sound Recording Location

©Corkfilms London

For this film I worked as a location sound mixer. No post-production in that case for me. Great shooting in New Zealand with fantastic people in an impressive environment. Ladies, horses, guns, bandits, gold... all you need! Well, the sandflies were nasty. I also almost saw some hobbits (playing rugby). Format: Theater Mix 5.1

"Chris the Swiss"

DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG, majade Filmproduktion GmbH, Nukleus film d.o.o., IV Films

Pic © DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG

Director: Anja Kofmel


Anja Kofmel already admired her cousin Chris as a little girl. His mysterious death in the midst of the wars in Yugoslavia in 1992 still keeps her occupied. Especially as the young Swiss journalist wore the uniform of an international mercenary group at the time of his death. What happened? As an adult, Anja decides to follow his story. She tries to understand what Chris' actual involvement in this conflict was and takes us on a quest to Croatia. She tells of her journey in a fine mix of documentary and animated film. Meanwhile the film already won several awards. text©DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG

Collage of Sound Effects

©DSCHOINT VENTSCHR FILMPRODUKTION AG

For this film we had to find the right texture of sounds for the animations and a haptic impression for the insects (which gave me some headache). It was a bit of experimenting to find the sound for the swarm. The different aesthetics in the animated and the classical documentary parts asked for individual style of sounds throughout the film. This sequence is without music. Format: Dolby Atmos ®

Adam & Evelyn

majade fiction GmbH

Pic © majade fiction GmbH

Directors: Andreas Goldstein & Jakobine Motz


‘Adam and Evelyn’ tells the story of a couple, from the summer to the winter of 1989. It begins in the provinces of East Germany. When Evelyn catches Adam cheating on her, she leaves for Hungary on holiday. Adam travels after her. When Hungary opens its border to Austria, Evelyn wants to cross. And so Adam ends up in the West, without ever wanting to leave.
The film is based on the novel by Ingo Schulze ‘Adam und Evelyn’ which was translated into more than 10 languages. text©majade fiction GmbH

Collage of Sound Effects

©majade fiction GmbH

Adam is an introverted man and so is the movie narrated without hysteria, in a quiet and watching manner. Of course we needed sounds from the time of the late GDR. The reference to paradise, Adam's garden, is magical. The atmospheres reflect the film’s changing world and Adam's perception. The Wartburg 311 was allowed to run again during post-production for the driving maneuvers. Admittedly, it is not the same car, in the sound it is a green one... Thank you Mr. Braunsdorf! Format: Theater Mix 7.1 / 5.1

"Deadweight"

Rohfilm GmbH

Pic © Rohfilm GmbH

Director: Axel Koenzen


Ahti Ikonen is the captain of a large container ship. When pressed for time while moored in Savannah, he violates regulations by ordering his crew to help the local dockworkers unload the cargo. When a crew member dies as a result, Ahti has to accept responsibility. News of the incident spreads, and at the next harbour Ahti is faced with union workers calling for a boycott... Along the way, "Deadweight" also explores the tough working conditions in the globalised shipping business. This is reflected in the cinematography, which avoids romanticising life at sea and hones in on details rather than working with wide shots. text©filmportal.de

Collage of Sound Effects

©Rohfilm GmbH

The film is set in large parts on a big container ship. The crew is partly “real”, the main roles are actors. In sound design, the everlasting pressure of the engines and cooling containers as well as the vibrating of the ship in the rhythm of the engine was an important element. Making that part of the sound dramaturgy was important to us, as well as hearing the vastness of the sea. The inner world of the captain is represented by the variability of the sounds coming from the ship... Format: Theater Mix 7.1 / 5.1