Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, multi-faceted post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios, announced that it has finalized a three-picture production agreement with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires). The deal also incorporates Van Baelen’s Auro Technologies, ensuring the revolutionary immersive sound format Auro-3D is employed across all of the upcoming three pictures.
Richard Elfman’s first film under the Galaxy/Auro-3D deal will be a sequel to his wildly successful cult hit, the musical/fantasy Forbidden Zone. Four-time Oscar-Nominated and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman and actress Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) are both attached to Forbidden Zone 2, with further names soon to be announced.
The Auro-3D listening format delivers the most natural immersive sound experience on the market. It is an exciting move from two-dimensional surround sound formats to three-dimensional sound, achieved by adding the missing and final dimension in sound ‘height’ in front of and all around the viewer. Auro-3D is the only sound system on the market that has just one file, making it easy for distributors to achieve high-resolution audio on any system in the world. The format is currently on display at the Cannes Film Festival in an Auro-3D theater specially constructed next to the AURO offices and lounge on the Hotel Majestic Plage.
About working with the new Auro-3D sound format, Elfman said, “Hearing is believing. What stereo is to mono and 5.1 to stereo, Auro-3D sound is to 5.1. Auro-3D changes the way media will present sound. As Forbidden Zone 2 is wall-to-wall music—to be released along with a video game Auro-3D’s immersive sound will really knock the ball out of the park. I’m very excited!”
Wilfried Van Baelen added, “Forbidden Zone 2 is a gift for the Auro-3D format – the original was a cult kaleidoscope of ideas, sounds, and imagery, and we could not be more excited to help push Richard’s sequel into a similarly surreal dimension. The technology used will match the ambition of this startlingly visionary filmmaker.”
Richard Elfman will be in Cannes at the Auro Technologies suite located on the Hotel Majestic Plage (near the Palais des Festivals) and available for interviews May 13 -21.
About Richard Elfman
Richard grew up in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles (the setting for Boyz In Da Hood) and was a semi-professional boxer, food and wine critic and award-winning stage director. He is also a noted Afro-Latin percussionist and founder of the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo-Boingo, later to become the rock band Oingo Boingo. Richard was publisher of the culture and entertainment magazine and website Buzzine, and his first novel, The Schlemazl of Sebriem, will be published later this year.
Richard comes from a noted media family with whom he frequently works – his brother, composer Danny Elfman (husband of Bridget Fonda); his daughter-in-law, actress Jenna Elfman; and Richard’s mother and writing collaborator, the Emmy-winning novelist Clare Elfman. Danny and Jenna are attached to Richard’s next project, Forbidden Zone 2.
Richard is also set to direct the fantasy film TRIO, penned by Richard and Clare, and the horror-thriller Gambit's Game, which along with Forbidden Zone 2 will feature Auro Technologies’ dynamic new 3D sound. Richard, no stranger to Europe—as his professional background began on the Paris stage and recording studios on London’s Abbey Road—looks forward to post and scoring at the Auro-3D-enabled Galaxy Studios in Belgium.
About Danny Elfman
Composer/record producer Danny Elfman has been nominated for four Academy Awards (Good Will Hunting, Men in Black, Milk and Big Fish). He won an Emmy Award® for the title theme of Desperate Housewives and a Grammy Award for the 1989 Batman film theme. He has scored the majority of director Tim Burton’s films and was once the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo.
About Galaxy Studios
Set up in 1980 by Wilfried and Guy Van Baelen, Galaxy Studios is a multi-faceted post-production outfit dedicated to film, music and sound technology. Headquartered in Belgium, Galaxy Studios is a Grammy award-winning, world class beacon of advanced technology, with unparalleled expertise in music recording, mixing, mastering and post-production.
Operating across multiple industries including film, television, and music, Galaxy Studios’ high-tech facility includes state-of the art resources including a scoring stage, dubbing theatre, pre-dubbing stage, Baselight 2 Grading Theatre, Foley stage, ADR stage, mixing rooms, editing rooms and producers’ booths.
Home to Auro Technologies – the company responsible for the revolutionary immersive sound format Auro-3D - Galaxy Studios also houses the AuroTorium, the reference mixing stage for the Auro-3D format (Auro 11.1 channel based or AuroMax including object based), offering all the tools needed for mixing the next generation Immersive Sound formats.
The Galaxy Studios Group is the parent company to Galaxy Studios, as well as film financing company, Mollywood, set up in 2009 to co-produce A/V media productions and Zilvermeer Productions set up in 2014 and is committed to developing, producing and co-producing film and TV projects.
About Auro Technologies/Auro-3D
Pioneered by the inventor Wilfried Van Baelen, Auro Technologies’ launched in 2010 and has its headquarters in Belgium. Its leading technology is Auro-3D, a revolutionary audio format which achieves a three-dimensional sound, attained by adding height in front and around the viewer in a unique layer formation. Auro-3D offers unprecedented levels of sound reproduction for all devices transforming the entertainment experience. It is used by the digital cinema, home cinema, mobile, gaming and automotive markets. There are now over 550 movie theatres worldwide that are equipped with, or committed to installing, Auro-3D.
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Source: Galaxy Studios