Before the bags are packed, out of office messages set, and final rapid tests are taken, we’re looking back on another long season in the audio post workshop. Starting in June, the crunching of snow and sparkle of joy in the air filled the studios of our engineers. Since the move to remote, 2021 brought improved home setups and further honed audio post processes. More engineers joined in to meet the need, lending their hands and ears to the holiday merry making. It was a season of new partnerships, with companies like Audible, and a reunion of longtime collaboration in Hartbreak Films, Synthetic Cinema International, and the Madison Square Garden company.
“2021 was the most demanding holiday run yet. We did more Christmas films than we’ve ever done in the past.”
Brian Quill, Head of Audio Post
Surpassing last year’s record, seven Yuletide television films graced our desks this year. On Hallmark, viewers take a magical train ride in Next Stop, Christmas, a nod to Back To The Future, starring Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. “It was a lot of fun traveling back in time with these actors again,” said engineer, Eric Stern. “And part of that is the transition from a modern rail set to a steam train in the film. I got to get really creative building sound design of a different era.” The network also brought romance to the dude ranch in Mistletoe in Montana, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Duane Henry. And, for a story just a northbound A train away, A Holiday In Harlem starring Olivia Washington, Will Adams, and Tina Lifford.