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Dear TV, Film People and Music Makers,
Here at your oasis for creative sound in Los Angeles, Private Island Audio, we have been so busy we have literally gone without sleep for several months. So if we forget something important, fun, or someone’s name in this update, please forgive us, here is all the news that is fit to print.
"1001 to 1"
It isn’t often that we are so touched by a film that we all get weepy. Producers Bob Burris and Bruce Gordon have worked with Director Michael Levine (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) to create a truly uplifting film about a real young man whose come back from a stroke at age seventeen. Even more uplifting is the fact that the funding for the movie was raised by this young ball player’s high school and his current college. Congratulations to all the Private Island clients whose songs were used in the movie. Seventeen of you are so talented that Music Supervisor and Mixer, Michael McDonald, was happy to recommend your tunes to the film company. This is a special perk that Private Island Trax clients exclusively are treated to because they are ourcherished friends. The film stars Beau Bridges, (upcoming in “Masters of Sex”), and David Henrie (“How I Met Your Mother”).
Paris Davis Dean - Master Poet
It’s wonderful to see that poetry has made a return to the world of those of us who love words and storytelling. Back in the 1950’s, there was a new way to present the world of imaginative vocabulary to audiences. The Beatnik community began speaking their art over bongos and congas that eventually grew into what we heard from Bob Dylan, Rod McKuen, and all forms of rap. Now Paris Davis Dean presents some of the best poetry we've ever heard spoken over brilliant percussion performed by African percussionist, Kongo.
Felicia Day – Actress
Gorgeous actress Felicia Day (“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”) dropped by Private Island Audio for her voiceover on her web series called “Outlands”. Unusual to find a talented, beautiful girl who is also one of nicest people we’ve met. She said she wants to do all her voiceovers at Private Island and we couldn’t be more thrilled - we love her!
The world of short films has recently become rich with great stories and fine actors. It’s a joy to work on films like “Monarch.” Director Steven Lundgren and producers AndrewMolina and Aprill Winney moldedthis story brilliantly out of the work of veteran actors Don McManus (“Shawshank Redemption”, “Lovelace”) and Kevin McNamara (“Justified”, “Suit Up”). Full audio post by Private Island.
It’s been TV time for the talented sound editors at Private Island. The new original TV series for DirecTV is sharp, brilliantly written, with music supervision by one of our favorite dudes, Mason Cooper. “Full Circle” is a series based on interconnected vignettes staring all of Hollywood’s best: Tom Felton (“Harry Potter” series), David Boreanaz (“Bones”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Billy Campbell (“Once & Again”, “The Rocketeer”, and “Enough”), Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”, “Fantastic Four”, and “Charmed”), Kate Walsh (“Grey’s Anatomy”/”Private Practice”). Clever Foley, brilliant sound design and all the rest done by Private Island Trax.
Private Island Audio has recently become the “go to” place for the cinephile folks who love the stories behind the movies. Four companies who create TV and/or website commentaries have entertained us. JohnCarpenter and Tobe Hooper came in with their film “Body Bags” staring Debbie Harry, Tom Arnold, and Sheena Easton. We met legendary documentarian Werner Herzog with “The Act of Killing”. Next it was Katherine Mary Stewart and RobertBeltran in “Night of the Comet”. Last but not least, that hilarious David Hasselhoff film “Revenge of the Cheerleaders”. Awesome!
“Life of a King”
American life has become more serious so we have noticed a drift towards stories that encourage the better angels of our good nature. Such a film is “Life of a King”. This is a story of a guy who blew his youth in prison but used the one thing he learned there (chess) to teach inner city high school kids to think, strategize and persevere. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the man who turns his life around under the fine direction of Director Jake Goldberger. This strong gathering of manly men of color includes Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit”, “24”, Allstate), and Richard T. Jones (“Hawaii 5-0”, “Nikita”, “Super 8”). Highly recommended viewing for all parents and teens. All sound done by Private Island Trax.
New Foley Room
You might remember that Private Island Trax editors and engineers all startedout as interns and were taught their craft at our facility. We seemed to have done a good job, as our #1 Foley team took an outside job a couple years ago on a little movie called “The Hurt Locker” and then repeated their Academy Award winning work on “Zero Dark Thirty”. So it should come as no surprise that we have been asked to do Foley for hundreds of films. This has necessitated building another Foley room at Private Island. We are halfway through construction and welcome you to check out our ability to Foley your film fabulously for far less than money than you would expect.
Our old friend Mitchell Welch has hired Private Island to ADR his new film “Defending Santa” starring Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”) and Dean Cain (“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”). Every movie that has ever had ‘Santa’ in the title has been a treat. Can’t wait to see this one.
If Quentin Tarantino and Tina Fey had a son, it would be writer/director Paul Leyden (“Come Back to Me”). He and Producer Anne Clements (“Ladies’ Man: A Made Movie”) have slashed, shot, and tickled a six part web series called “Cleaners” that premieres on Crackle.com that will also be a feature film. You might not want to watch the web series on a crowded bus or train because you will be laughing, crying, and gasping. This brilliantly written series clearly attracted good actors who were dying to perform in it. Some of them are; Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”, “The Mentalist”), Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”), Clifton Collins, Jr. (“Star Trek”, “Pacific Rim”), Missi Pyle (“Big Fish”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), David Arquette (“Scream” series), Gina Gershon (“The Insider”, “Faceoff”). All wacky, hilarious, and gruesome sound created by Private Island Trax.
“Snake & Mongoose”
Question: What would race cars, TV doctors, reptiles, and small mammals have to do with each other?
Answer: The biopic “Snake And Mongoose” starring Noah Wyle (“ER”, “Donnie Darko”), Ashley Hinshaw (“Chronicle”), former pro ball player Fred Dryer (“Hunter”), and Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “The Butler”). This is the biopic of the incredible relationship between race car drivers Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, played by Richard Blake (“NCIS”, “Drop Dead Diva”). Producer Robin Broidy used 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s incredible racetrack footage to punctuate the real life challenges of these speed gluttons. It follows their journey into the Mattel’s Hot Wheels endorsement, through crashes, divorces, and sick children. We even got to meet the real Snake and Mongoose. Currently in limited theatrical release in LA.
Once again PrivateIsland’s connection to great musical talent supplied three authentic Doo-Wop songs by legendary producer/manager Wally Roker. Great video editing by academy award winner Richard Halsey (“Rocky”). Huge exciting sounds by Chief Engineer Michael McDonald.
If you haven’t been here recently, you’re missing all the fun that comes with sound in a mansion with people who love their jobs and encourage their clients. Comes complete with crystal chandeliers, a big fuzzy mascot, and a whole lot of perfect audio. Private Island is your oasis for great sound at affordable prices here in Hollywood.
Hope to see you soon,
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