For the world
City-based sound engineer Vijay Rathinam on the process of creating the foley effects for and other international projects
Come April and the world will see the international release of directed by Oleg Stepchenko. The Russian and Chinese language versions of this Sino-Russian co-production, titled
was released late last year. The trailer of the forthcoming film shows a lot of jaw-dropping action sequences and chemistry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan.
One of the three sound designers who worked on the film is Chennai-based Vijay Rathinam who, along with Alexey Sinitsyn (Mosfilm) and Harry Cohen (sound Designer of
and designed all the sound effects to enhance the feel of this magnum opus. Vijay, incidentally, has exclusively provided all the foley inputs for which was mixed at Mosfilm in Russia by Gary
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and Dmitriy Kliminov. “All the foley effects have been created at our sound facility, The Audioville, by our team of foley experts. One of the highlights of the film is the fictional weapon called the Mace which uses high decibel sounds to kill people. We had to be careful that the sounds we created and designed do not affect the film’s audience; striking a balance without taking away the sound and visual effect of those scenes, was a challenge,” says an excited Vijay.
Vijay has an important nomination which recognises the talent in him and his team of sound designers at The Audioville, the studio from where they work on many international film productions. The 67th Annual Golden Reel Awards, presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors and held in January
in Los Angeles,had his name as a nomination, under the ‘Foley Supervisor’ category for the Hindi film along with others in films such as
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“It was a close call, but we were upstaged by
But personally,the very fact that my work was recognised as of international standard was comforting enough,” says Vijay. The hard work and the uphill climb that started in 2003 while doing his Masters in Advanced Music Production at Glamorgan University, the UK was paying off, despite his reluctant move back to India from a creatively enriching period in England. In recent times, Vijay has worked on films such as (with Stephen Gomes), and and has just completed designing sound for the Madhavan-Anushka starrer,
(Telugu version) and Kabir Khan’s
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Vijay’s The Audioville provides sound design and Foley services for a lot of international films and television series.”Working with international productions through their directors and editors is enriching. Soon after my Masters I joined as Sound Editor at Inspire GLG, an animation tele-film studio based in Worcestershire, ,” says Vijay.
Currently, he is doing only a couple of Indian films a year. “There’s a lot of work coming in from international productions,” concludes Vijay, who has just completed work on and
besides TV series,
(directed by Peter Weber) and
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