360 Sound design and Mix by Andrew Belletty
Director: Mario Faumui (Samoan)
Producer/Writer: Lanita Ririnui-Ryan (Ngati Ranginui, Ngaiterangi, Ngapuhi, Cook Islands)
Aotearoa New Zealand | 2018 | 6 min | Experimental
The University of Technology Sydney hosted a unique viewing of Fangirl in the 360 Data Arena as part of the WINDA Indigenous Film Festival on 24 November 2018.
I was commissioned to make a 360 degree soundtrack for this experimental film from New Zealand. The film features five dancers and was originally conceived as a project for VR headsets, but the Director of WINDA Indigenous Film festival, Pauline Clauge saw the potential for for the film to play in the data Arena at UTS. We needed to make a 16 channel soundtrack for the 360 space, and as the film featured a lot of movement. I needed to create quibble cues, as well as build the sonic world for he film within the space, so that the audience could engage with the performers on screen. We did this with Foley, ambience and sound effects design and mixing across 16 speakers which followed each dancer as they moved across the screens. The film’s producers and the director were impressed by the immersive 360 experience created by the sound design, which added a strong sense of spatialisation and geography to the film, resulting in a satisfying audience experience.