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Robert Rodriguez, Troublemaker Studios Adopt Avid Everywhere

Avid announces that director Robert Rodriguez and his team at Troublemaker Studios created the 3-D feature film Sin City: A Dame To Kill For using Avid Everywhere. Rodriguez’s vision for his latest feature was brought to life by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, using solutions from the Avid Artist Suite and Avid Storage Suite to power fast, efficient and collaborative workflows.

By relying on Avid, the editorial team was able to focus completely on the creative storytelling for the movie while meeting aggressive project deadlines and budgets.

Robert Rodriguez

“The performance of Avid’s solutions has allowed me to keep my post process quick, streamlined, and personal,” says Rodriguez, whose film credits include Machete, Planet Terror, Sin City, Mexico Trilogy, and From Dusk Till Dawn. “These products, and the workflows they drive, enable me to collaborate with a close creative team to make big features in a family environment.”

The sound department’s workflow was centered on the Avid Artist Suite’s Avid Pro Tools | Software for sound editing and mixing. The mix stage included Pro Tools systems for dialog, music, effects, and recording, all networked together using Satellite Link. The sound team used Pro Tools | HDX, enabling all the sound effects elements from the editors to be carried through to the final mix without any pre-dubbing or premixing. Some reels feature 500 or more sound effects.

The speed of Pro Tools | HDX enabled the team to experiment with different creative ideas while adhering to demanding time and budget pressures. “Usually in feature films, there’s never really time to experiment creatively because the stage time is so expensive,” says Brad Engleking, Sound Supervisor/Re-Recording mixer. “But the processing power of Pro Tools | HDX frees up more time to try things you might not have otherwise, enabling the creative process. Your actions become more intuitive so that you think about what you’re trying to accomplish instead of how you’re going to accomplish it. That’s what Rodriguez calls ‘mixing at the speed of thought’.”

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