Pulse – Feature Film
A Town Called Herman
(Dir. / DOP Stevie Cruz-Martin)
Sound designer, mixer and editor, Sound recordist
* Busan International Film Festival 2017 – Winner Busan Bank Award (Korea)
* ACTAA Awards 2018 – Nominated Best Lead Actor Daniel Monks (Australia)
* CinefestOz Film Festival 2016 – Official Selection (WA, Australia)
* Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2017 – Centrepiece Presentation (VIC, Australia)
* Sydney Film Festival 2017 – Official Selection (NSW, Australia)
* Bendigo Queer Film Festival 2017 – Official Selection (VIC, Australia)
* Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival 2018 – Official Selection (NSW, Australia)
* Screenwave International Film Festival 2018 – Official Selection (NSW, Australia)
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Pulse is the first feature length film I worked on. Written, edited by, and starring Daniel Monks, it tells the story of a gay, disabled teenage boy who goes through a full body transplant operation to become a beautiful, able-bodied woman, and try to win the heart of his best friend.
Working solo as sound recordist on a feature film is no easy task. Luckily, the style of filming consisted of mostly tight shots (purposely chosen to give the audience the sense of always being in it with the characters). This gave me the option of purely using boom mics to record the dialogue, which in turn gives the film a very polished sound, something not many indie films can boast.
As sound designer I was afforded the privilege of getting very creative by the director, Stevie Cruz-Martin. This is evident throughout the film as I used sound effects and mixing to try to put us in the headspace of our main character, Olly.
Shot on a near zero budget in Perth, WA, it was pure love that got us through the month long shoot and years long post-production process. The result is something I am so proud to have been a part of.