Earshot Provides Sound Design And Final Mix For NBC Sports’ Sam Wyche Feature

(March 2, 2017) If you’re a football fan, you may have heard some of Earshot’s work during week 16 of the NFL’s 2016 season. NBC Sports featured a story on Sam Wyche’s ascent to the position of NFL coach, his sometimes explosive personality, and his recent battle with a life-threatening heart disease.

Sam Wyche had a long and storied career in American football. He was a quarterback in the AFL and NFL before becoming an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers, where he recruited and mentored Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana. He coached at Indiana University in 1983 and went on to coach the Cincinnati Bengals, leading them to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost, ironically, to Montana and the 49ers. Wyche pioneered the use of the “standard” no-huddle offense – which had historically only been used at the end of a half.
 
After his professional coaching career, Wyche spent several years as an analyst for NBC and CBS as well as coaching high school football in Pickins, South Carolina.
 
On September 9, 2016, Wyche was admitted to Carolina medical Center, suffering from congestive heart failure. On September 13, he underwent a 4.5 hour transplant surgery
 
The 11 minute feature, produced by NBC’s Jack Felling, was mixed in 5.1 Surround by Earshot’s Brice Bowman. The segment aired on Christmas Day during NBC’s pre-game broadcast before the meeting between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

An American In Paris Star Performs Birthday Tribute to Dick Van Dyke

(December 16, 2016) Indianapolis native Cory Lingner was destined for Broadway. In his short time in New York City, he’s been featured in the productions On The Town, An American In Paris, and has landed a role in the upcoming Charlie And The Chocolate Factory debuting in March 2017. On a recent visit to Indianapolis, Cory teamed-up with Conrad Piccirillo of INNOVATIVE to shoot a tribute to Dick Van Dyke, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday. Set to the song Put On A Happy Face from the musical Bye Bye Birdie – in which Dick Van Dyke starred and won a Tony Award in 1961 – Cory’s tribute includes original choreography and was shot entirely on the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis. Joining Cory are dance partners Lisa Schneider and Michelle Martin. Earshot Audiopost’s Brice Bowman recorded Cory’s vocals in Studio 1 and provided the final mix for playback on location. The tribute video gained attention by Broadway World and is featured on their web site. Check it out!

Actor Jeffrey Wright Visits Earshot for Westworld ADR

(October 9, 2016) If you’re planning to tune into HBO tonight for the second episode of Westworld, you’ll hear quite a bit of actor Jeffrey Wright’s ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement) that was recorded with Earshot engineer Rick Such. Jeffrey was in Indy shooting another film a couple of months ago and stopped by Earshot to record two dozen ADR segments for both episodes two and three of the new hit series that debuted a week ago.
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Earshot Provides Final Mix For ‘Go Get Your Horn’ Short Film

(October 5, 2016) We’re pleased to announce that our good friend, producer and filmmaker, Tim Taylor, has once again created a documentary that will be featured in this year’s Heartland Film Festival, which runs from October 20 through October 30, 2016. Go Get Your Horn is a film about the essence of the jazz scene here in Indianapolis, but the true spirit of the film evolves more around mentorship and the sense of community that music brings to the musicians. Earshot engineers Ben Ericsen and Rick Such assisted Tim with the final audio mix and mastering. To find out more about Go Get Your Horn, including showtimes during the festival, go to http://www.gogetyourhorn.com/.

“Claire & The Keys” Plays to Festival Audiences Around The World

(July 19, 2016) “Claire & The Keys” was over five years in the making. The 20-minute animated short film, directed and animated by John Ludwick, tells the story of a little girl who re-discovers her love of music – against her mother’s wishes.

After final story and character development, audio pre-production began three years ago with the recording of nine classical piano pieces – performed by pianist Debbie Myers and recorded by Earshot’s Brice Bowman. Lawrence Central High School Performing Arts provided a nine-foot Steinway grand piano and auditorium for the recording. The session also included video recording of Debbie’s hands as she played, so that John could accurately animate the finger movement.

John Ludwick, who teaches Storyboarding at Ball State University, then began several years of work creating 29,000 individually hand-drawn cells of animation, which brought Claire and the other characters in the film to life.

A host of other animators and artists created 2D and 3D backgrounds, where the animated characters would live. Other artists spent hundreds of hours filling in the colors between the lines for each character.

After the animation was complete, audio post-production began at Earshot Audio Post in the Fall of 2014. Since the story contained no dialog, the audio story had to be told with the classical piano pieces, sound effects, Foley, and an original music score. Brice Bowman created the sound design, utilizing the talents of the Earshot Foley Crew – Ben Ericsen, Mina Keohane, and Rick Such.

The final piece to the puzzle was the original score – composed by Earshot’s Mina Keohane. Featuring an amazing group of Indianapolis musicians, the score featured a jazz vibe to counter the classical piano pieces in the film and complement Claire’s personality.

The final mix, including classical piano, Foley, SFX, and original music score was handled by Brice Bowman in Control A at Earshot Audio Post’s new Park Avenue facility in downtown Indianapolis.

“Claire & The Keys” hit the film festival circuit in the late Spring of 2015, and to-date has garnered the following official selections and awards:

• Official Selection, Indianapolis Film Festival

• Official Selection, DragonCon Independent Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)

• Winner – Best Animated Short

• Winner – Animated Musical Film

• Official Selection, Memphis International Film & Music Fest

• Official Selection, Burbank International Film Festival

• Nominated – Best Animated Short

• Official Selection, Breckinridge Film Festival

• Official Selection, Portsmouth International Film Festival (UK)

• Nominated – Best Animation

• Nominated – Achievement in Art

• Winner – Best Screenplay for Animation

• Official Selection, Southampton International Film Festival (UK)

• Nominated – Best Animation

• Winner – Best Screenplay for Animation

• Official Selection, Charleston International Film Festival

• Winner – Audience Choice, Best Animated Short

• Official Selection, Show Me Shorts International Film Festival (New Zealand)

• Official Selection, Atlanta Shortsfest

• Official Selection, Animation Magazine’s World Animation Celebration

• Winner – Best 2D Short

• Winner, Gold Spotlight Short Film Award (West Richland, WA)

• Official Selection, Berlin Independent Film Festival (Germany)

• Winner – Best Animated Short

• FINALIST in the USA Film Festival’s 38th Annual International Short Film Competition 2016 [Dallas, TX]

• Official Selection, River Film Festival [Padova, Italy]

Claire & The Keys: Trailer from John B. Ludwick on Vimeo.

John Rhys-Davies Visits Earshot

(May 11, 2016) John Rhys-Davies was in Indianapolis for Indiana Comic Con and rolled by Earshot to do some narration for an audio book of the Bible. Five hours in the booth and he totally killed it. He also hung out for an extra hour afterward just to chit chat. A gentleman and a scholar, for sure.

Brandon Whyde Goes Acoustic in Earshot’s Studio 1

(December 9, 2016) Nashville recording artist Brandon Whyde and his band, The Devil’s Keep, recently paid a visit to Earshot’s Studio 1 to record one of Brandon’s new tunes, “Mississippi Blood.” Brandon and his band were in Indy to play at Sun King Brewery’s 6th Anniversary Celebration.

“Mississippi Blood” features Brandon Whyde on vocals and guitar, Chris Weller on upright bass, Benji Ballard on drums, and Earshot’s Mina Keohane on accordion and vocals.

The acoustic version of the tune was engineered and mixed by Brice Bowman and recorded “old school” – using just three Neumann condenser mics. Preston Long shot and edited the video and CMG’s Marc Wellington provided color correction and finish.

Earshot Completes Second Season of Red Bull Cliff Diving for Fox Sports 1

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If diving off a 28-meter (91-foot) platform attached to a cliff, accelerating to over 50mph in just three seconds, and entering the water feet-first sounds like a fun afternoon, then you should check out Red Bull Cliff Diving. Eight times a year, in amazing locations all over the world, divers from around the globe compete in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. For the last two seasons, Earshot Audiopost’s Brice Bowman has handled voiceover recording, editing, and final mixing for the Red Bull diving series, which airs on FoxSports 1. Aerial Snow Ski Champion and Olympian Trace Worthington, recently inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame, handles play-by play. Olympic Gold Medalist David Boudia, who hails from Noblesville, Indiana is the color analyst. Veteran sports producer Allan Brum directs the VO recording sessions, engineered by Brice in Earshot’s Control A. This season’s events took place in: Cartagena, Columbia LaRochelle, France Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, United States Copenhagen, Denmark … Continue reading

Earshot Open House – Good Times And Photos to Prove It!

Earshot’s recent Open House drew a large crowd of friends, clients and colleagues, as we celebrated the grand opening of our new home in downtown Indianapolis. A great time was had by all. See for yourself!

Pulled Pork Pickles Premium! Earshot Creates McDonald’s Music Score

Earshot Audio-Post composer, Mina Keohane, was asked to create this nifty jingle for McDonald’s by Bandy Carroll Hellige in Louisville. Earshot’s Ben Ericsen not only recorded the instrumentation, but provided the final spot mix, as well. Other credits include:

Executive Producer: Ted Eckel, Bandy Carroll Hellige
Director: Ross Simpson, Word Industries
Project Coordinator: Clare Libbing
Video Editorial: Scofield Editorial
Location Sound: John Toffolo

Musicians:
Doug Sauter: Banjo
Nick Tucker: Bass