Murder on the Orient Express Ad Campaign Uses Fairlight

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Murder on the Orient Express Ad Campaign Uses Fairlight

PostMon Jan 22, 2018 2:20 pm

Blackmagic Design today announced that New Wave Entertainment used its Fairlight DAWs for sound design on the advertising campaign for 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Based upon the novel by Agatha Christie, the film follows thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect as mysteries unfold during a lavish journey through Europe.

New Wave Entertainment is an LA-based entertainment marketing company specializing in post production and finishing services, and as Chief Engineer and Senior Mixer Mark Rodrigues noted, they discovered quickly that the campaign was going to be heavy on sound effects design. “Locomotive noises and ambient backgrounds mixed with screams, gunshots and lots of train whistles were used to create a musical-type feel, all with sound effects,” he said. “Heavy sound effects design can slow the editing and mix process slightly, but Fairlight’s speed more than made up for it. Also, the Xynergi controller provides hundreds of commands within one or two button pushes, which came in handy with the huge amount of sound effects editing on this project.”

Rodrigues and his team rely on eight Fairlight systems with five 3.5 bay EVO 24 fader consoles, a 3 bay EVO 18 fader console, a Xynergi controller with three XE-6 fader panels and a pre-lay room/edit bay with a second Xynergi system. “We’ve been using Fairlight for 18 years because it grows with our company’s and our clients’ needs. Speed of editing, the editor itself, and collaboration between mix rooms were all key factors. Reliability has also been a major reason, as we cannot afford any downtime slowing down the delivery process,” said Rodrigues.

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