WHILE CONSTANTLY PERFECTING and adapting the offered solutions to the clients' needs, I "sumbled upon" a reality check. Working as a sound engineer during both production and post-production stages of a project, recording sound on set and mixing it afterwards, doesn''t only give better results : it is also a total thrill to do. And if you also happen to be in charge of composing and/or creating foley (sound design) on said project, you can provide a comprehensive audio production service that is bound to simplifiy your client's life.
I realized that these "360 projects", as I named them, give a better understanding of the emotional dimension of the creation process. Being on the set and seeing the director at work helps taking the pulse of the whole production. I find that, as a composer or as a sound engineer getting ready for a mixing session, experiencing and witnessing the energy and feel of the actual filming location helps seeing the whole/big picture (no pun intended). Being in charge of recording sound on set before editing and mixing it lets you know what you're gonna have to deal with and gives you the chance to start thinking about your mix's approach before even really getting into it.
A greater flexibility, understanding and control over the global audio of the enterprise is what this is all about.
And here's one of these "360 projects", made last summer with the Montreal-based multimedia production house l'Hibou :