Emmy Award

Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks, SJ Sharks Productions and Division Of Labor for taking home an Emmy Award for their 2016-17 commercial campaign.  We have worked with the Sharks for a number of years now on these TV spots, contributing both production and post-production audio.  If you scroll thru the blog here, you'll find several posts highlighting the fun we've had with, both the new team and previously with Shark's long time Creative Director Bob Kilburg of Big League Ideas.  

Hands on Sound has now been part of projects who have gotten the nod for Grammy and Emmy wins.  We don't work for hardware, but a bit of recognition and appreciation always feels good and keeps us striving for excellence.

CyberWar Games at Symantec

Hands on Sound recently got the call to provide location sound recording services  for the Symantec 2017 CyberWar Games event at their Mountain View campus.  There, for 3 days, ten teams of Symantec employees from around the world competed in the world's largest civilian cyberwar game.  These elite teams earned the right to compete in the finals by besting more than 1,500 other Symantec employees from 33 countries.

This year's games focused on the global supply chain and in particular agricultural technology security,  The teams had to perform a series of cybercrime and hacking challenges to earn points and move up the Leader Board. More details on the games can be found here

Working under the direction of Fade To Black Pictures, we documented the 3 day event, capturing content for internal and social/ web video pieces.  Below is one of these, produced and edited by FTB's Tommy Jordan.

Watersaw- Mastering "The Sunset Sessions"

I had the pleasure of mastering the latest release from the Bay Area group Watersaw this past week.  This album, The Sunset Sessions, was composed to accompany LIzz Roman & Dancers at some upcoming innovative and unique performances in San Francisco.   For this particular song cycle, I chose to work in the pre-dawn hours when all was quiet and I could focus on the music with no distractions from the waking world and all that it brings.  The results were pleasing to my client's vision and also bought me to some new spaces.

From the web:

For three weekends this June LR&D will premiere their latest architectural romp, "SUNSET DANCES". LR&D's newest work will take the performers and audience on a site-specific journey through an Ocean Beach home located on the western edge of the city in the outer Sunset neighborhood of SF. Roman and her dancers will be joined by a team of award winning collaborators, featuring the band " WATERSAW " performing an original live score, while welcoming back Clyde Sheets, lighting designer and long time LR&D collaborator and introducing our newest collaborator filmmaker Pete Litwinowicz.

To learn more and purchase tickets for the performances- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-dances-tickets-3239528316



From Darkness Into Light

About a month ago I spent the day with a really nice loving family who were sharing their story with the Today Show crew I was working with. To meet the Lukach's one would never know the battles they have conquered and continue to face each day....yet their commitment to each other and what seems like a bottomless reserve of love keeps them together...moving forward.

Every person you meet, every house you pass has a story going on inside...some more difficult than others...many untold, hidden or misunderstood. In the world we live in, a bit of compassion and empathy can go a long way in our daily interactions...something we all can be reminded of.  


"Sharks For Life": Barbershop

The latest installment in the San Jose Sharks 2016-17 marketing campaign, "Sharks For Life".  This spot features the talents of NHL stars Joe Thornton and Brent Burns as patrons in a barbershop.  Clearly big fans of the facial hair, these two giants really hammed it up during the shoot and gave us a nice set of outtakes.  Adding a true touch of realism was the casting of Mark-Jason Solofa as the barber.  When not busy running his successful Gentleman's Grooming & Shave Parlor in Berkeley, CA, Mark tends to both Brent and Joe's wild manes.  Once again Hands on Sound gets nod for the Location Sound on this work produced by SJSharks Productions and their current ad agency, Division Of Labor.