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Lifetime’s Ten: Murder Island

Ten: Murder Island, based on the horror novel “Ten,” by Gretchen McNeil – which was based on Agatha Christie’s 1939 novel “And Then There Were None”– follows the story of 10 teens who are invited on a weekend getaway at an abandoned house on an island. The group is ready for three days of partying, but those plans are quickly halted when a mysterious killer starts attacking the teens one by one.

The Flavorlab team had the privilege of working on this unique film, providing full audio post production and music replacement. Ten: Murder Island kept our hands full with many exciting challenges. “With a large ensemble cast of ten teens, we had a lot of work to do to make sure that this project sounded as clean and real as possible. Not only were we dealing with the sound of 10 actors, but also the sound of the filming location,” says Eric Stern, foley recordist and sound editor on the film. Ten was shot in an old creaky house, which meant that every time someone stepped or shifted their weight it made a sound. To fix this, we brought in the actors to record ADR and did extensive sonic restoration. We used a combination of on-set and in studio takes for the final cut.

Along with full audio post, we were also able to supply some of the music. When director Chris Robert needed to quickly replace a track for the bonfire scene, he was able to head down the hall to our licensing department and receive a wide range of options from our music catalog . Director of Music Licensing, Matt Block watched the scene and immediately knew the perfect song. “The original track was very dark, and aggressive, so we wanted to match that energy as well as keep a similar tempo to make sure the timing of the scene still fit well with it.”  Matt noted that the scene has a very “twisted” vibe, which made the song “Got It Twisted,” even more perfect. Chris was pleased to have a perfect solution to his problem within minutes of his request. In the end getting our hands on multiple audio aspects for this project was incredibly effective for our client.

Check out Ten: Murder Island on Lifetime, until October 22nd, 2017.