Having a Blast 23

Last week we finished working on the trailer for the feature film  23 Blast, which will be in US theaters October 24th.

Brief Synopsis: When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world.

23 Blast is (me thinks) a very good dramedy (funny and moving), with a cast rich full of established character actors including Fred Thompson (Die Hard 2, Law and Order, The Hunt from Red October), Stephen Lang (Tombstone,  Gods and Generals, Avatar), Becky Ann Baker (Men in Black, A Simple Plan, Sex and the City) and Dylan Baker (Anchorman 2, Dr Connors in Spiderman 2,3, Happiness).

On a creative level this was a delightful challenge. Our production brief: to make the trailer sound less like an indie film and more like it was produced in one of the big studios. We had a modest budget, but enough to hire a small orchestral ensemble (violin, viola, cello, trumpet etc)… for which I had the joy of writing and arranging the underscore. 

John Schreiner, noted composer and engineer for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Paula Abdul, Fernando Ortega… co-produced the music and all the mixes. We work together like we have have known each other forever. Oh what a friend I have in Schreiner.

We also mixed the trailer (sound design, music and voice over)… and better yet… we produced the 5.1 (surround sound) mix. This was too much fun I must say… but to listen to the surround sound mix you’ll have to view the trailer in the theaters or on the DVD when it is released in the new year.

Big thanks to Chris and Denise Bueno from Ocean Avenue Entertainment for having faith in us to add the ‘Hollywood touch’ to your ‘baby’ … and for allowing me to be… well… me!

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