Edmonton Film

iZotope RX 6: Dialogue Repair on the short film " Mommy and Me"

Most of Mommy and Me was shot in an apartment in downtown Calgary and we had some issues with traffic noise bleeding into our dialogue tracks. I was very impressed with how I was able to completely remove those sounds using Voice De-Noise and some manual repair on the more problematic sections. One segment in particular had a piece of dialogue covered by the action of actor Carlee Ryski putting a tube of lotion down on the tile countertop. This was easily fixed by manual repair.

Interview with Geoff Manchester | Composer & Sound Designer | I Phub You | STORYHIVE | Edmonton Film Production

Our Storyhive funded short film I Phub You is officially complete and sent in to Telus. In the weeks leading up to the February release we are going to be posting a series of interviews with the people that made this film happen (cast, crew, etc!) so you can get to know us a little better. We are going to be asking about their process and their take on the film.


Today we have composer and sound designer, Geoff Manchester joining us for an interview. Geoff Manchester is an award winning film and television composer and post-audio mixer based in Toronto who is thrilled to be working again with Sam Reid and Justin Kueber. Since beginning his career as a film composer he has created original music for numerous projects including Marriage: Shattered Vows (2016), which won best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year. He has recently completed work on his first feature film On the Rocks (2016), and is currently completing post-production audio and an original score for the forthcoming feature film The Protege (2016). Geoff holds a diploma in audio engineering and music production from Recording Arts Canada. He also runs a successful Youtube Channel under the moniker Manchester Music for which he creates educational content for emerging composers.

When you first received the film what were your initial thoughts? In terms of music, did you have any ideas right from the beginning?

My first impression was just how delightful it was to see a black and white film that actually followed the speed and cropping specs of that era. As far as music was concerned I had a completely different vision of what the film should sound like, compared to how it sounds now. My original idea was to use a wholly digital/synthesized soundscape. I wanted to surprise people who may have expected a ragtime piano or a chamber orchestra. In the end though, I found it so difficult to convey the character’s emotion on a micro level and the totality of the emotion in Phub on a macro level using only digital sounds. Folly, whimsy, delight; these things really come across with orchestral tools, so I threw in the towel!

Geoff Manchester Composer

Your music really is the driving point of the film. What was your overall goal with the music? How did you develop it?

The goal was to compliment the action of the characters on screen and to simultaneously create a character with music. I imagine this character as someone who might almost be cheering Kurtis on as he sought to truly connect with someone, whether or not I actually achieved this will be up to the audience, ha.

Geoff explaining the cue from I Phub You

What were your influences (if any) for composing the score?

There were two main influences for this film’s score. The first was Adrian Belew’s work in Disney’s Piper. The second was Christophe Beck’s work in Disney’s Paperman, a black and white film incidentally. Both films had the tone and feel I was trying to get across with my music for Phub, and both films also used very tight, tiny orchestras (to my ears anyway) which is what I was aiming for.: something personal and intimate.

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What types of instruments/sounds did you use and why?

Oh boy. A ton. There’s everything from choral choirs, to woodwinds to chamber orchestras to solo violins. My proudest moment was getting to use a Marxophone, which is a fretless zither instrument. It sounds a bit like a mandolin but it’s got a much more ‘old fashion tone’; it’s difficult to explain. You can hear examples of it from when Kurtis first comes-to in the bathroom and also when he’s wandering around in the park.

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 How was this different from other films you have scored?

I’ve never used so many symphonic tools in one score. I mean, not a single synthesizer was harmed in the marking of this movie. To me, it’s a real challenge to convince people they’re listening to a real orchestra when they’re not. Everything was programmed on a computer by someone (me) who couldn’t get through ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ on viola. If I’m being honest I was never technically trained in music composition and I can’t read it very well, so the idea of having to make something authentic and believable from a computer was a huge challenge.

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Interview with Skylar Radzion | Actress | I Phub You | STORYHIVE | Edmonton Film Production

Our Storyhive funded short film I Phub You is officially complete and sent in to Telus. In the weeks leading up to the February release we are going to be posting a series of interviews with the people that made this film happen (cast, crew, etc!) so you can get to know us a little better. We are going to be asking about their process and their take on the film.

Today, we have the multi-talented, Skylar Radzion. Skylar is an actor, a singer and sometime model. In addition to her IMDB credited roles she has appeared in many short films, videos and commercials. Her first major role was for cult classic Director Ulli Lommel. She was just 16 years old, and was cast as the lead for Boogyeman: Reincarnation, out of 100s of applicants. Her second film, a thriller, Breaking Spirits is due for release in 2017. She loves to sing and is working on her first EP. Skylar plays the role of Tabatha in I Phub You.

 When you first read the script what were your thoughts?

I loved the idea of the silent film aspect. I've never seen an idea like this in a plot. I wanted to be apart of something not only different but funny too. It also reminded me that we are too dependent on our cellphones and such. We've lost touch with the art of being able to sit down and have a face to face conversation.

Skylar Radzion Actress Edmonton
I Phub You Film

What made you want to pursue acting in this film?

A big part of it was that this years’ Storyhive was all about women directing. Shannon was so awesome to work with. Another part was reading the sides and laughing about how self absorbed Tabatha is.

Skylar Radzion
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Describe your character. Were there any influences to how you portrayed it?

One word. Kardashians.

My character is self centred and only cares about herself, she is the epitome of today's rich kids. It's all about looks and what you have. Tabatha really doesn't care about Kurtis, what she really cares about is the latest trends and getting a free meal

Skylar Radzion Actress

Do you have any memorable stories from being on set?

 It sounds cliché but really everybody was so great to work with. I always love how kind and supportive the people in the Edmonton industry are. One of my favourite moments is playing game pigeon with Sabrina while waiting for us to be called on set. (She kicked my butt).

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What is your favorite silent film?

I'm sure a lot of people would say the same but I really like Chaplin films. One of my favourites is The Champion. The actual scene in the ring always made me wonder how much was ad-lib and how much was choreographed. Charlie was an incredible actor.

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Charlie Chaplin Champion