We chatted to Tom Dalton, director of Brown Bear Audio who are based at the Werks Central, about what they do and what they’ve been up to recently.
What do Brown Bear do?
We’re a sound post-production studio that caters for all aspect of sound to picture, this can be editing, mixing, sound design, composition and voiceover recording. We also have a sound proofed recording booth that we hire to people wanting to record podcasts, narration, audio books and any other form of spoken work content.
Who do you work with?
Our clients include video production companies, producers, directors, marketing agencies, content creators, podcasters, voiceover artists, narrators and anyone else requiring high quality recording, editing and mixing services. We work with creators to help them get the most out of their audio by bringing their stories to life and ensuring they sound the best they can.
What inspires you?
Storytelling through sound and hearing the transformation professional audio post can have on content. Sound has the ability to connect with people on an emotional level and augment the message of the visuals, or completely alter it if desired.
Where did the name come from?
I love bears! I think they’re amazingly powerful creatures but there is also something quite playful about them….unless you’re getting mauled by one…..that wouldn’t be fun!
What made you set up Brown Bear Audio?
I wanted to harness the amazing freelance talent in the industry and enable producers to tap into this talent to complete their sound post. I was also dismayed by the amount of content I hear that has not had a proper sound mix or even a basic dialogue edit! By offering a convenient and cost effective way to achieve this I hope to open up professional audio finishing to all content creators, increasing production values and improving the experience for the audience.
How did you get into sound?
Ever since I watched a program about dj’ing when I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with music tech. I saved up and bought my first set of turntable at 12 and played around the drum and bass circuit in my younger years! I went on to study music tech at Northbrook College and the University of West London. After finishing my degree in 2006 I worked as a freelance live sound engineer and audio mixer before setting up Brown Bear Audio in 2014.
What is your favourite film?
It’s got to be Bohemian Rhapsody! It sounds so good in Dolby Atmos!
What advice would you give to somebody starting out in the industry?
Try to take on as many projects as you can to learn your craft by practice. Experiment with new sounds, techniques and plug-ins as much as you can and seek the advice of more experienced practitioners if you’re not sure about something…don’t try and blag it because it could cost you a potential client! There is a wealth of information online and plenty of helpful engineers willing to offer advice…myself included. Always have an open mind and never stop learning!
What are some of the projects you have been working on recently?
We’ve just finished the sound design and mix on a series of films for Adidas and also competed the broadcast mix for the latest Cats Protection advert being shown on a telly box near you! Other projects include voiceover recordings for various programmes including a rather strange session recording a local called ‘celebrity’ Birdyman making various bird noises for the new comedy series King Gary on BBC….it was by far the strangest session I’ve had!
What have you got coming up?
We’re just about to start a 5.1 surround mix of a short film that has been accepted into the SWSX festival and also have a series of films for Nike that we’re mixing.
Thanks to Brown Bear Audio for chatting to us. Be sure to check out some of their amazing work on their website and keep an eye on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates of what they’ve been up too.