In 2008, Justin Prymowicz graduated from New England School of Communications after studying Audio Engineering. Since then, his skills have taken him from the east coast to the west coast and now he finds himself at Dooley Noted Audio located in Northridge, CA. When he recently returned to visit NESCom, we caught up with Justin to learn more about Dooley Noted Audio (DNA).
Tell us about Dooley Noted Audio and how it started.
We started Dooley Noted Audio in September of 2009. Prior to that I was interning at a studio in Los Angeles where I first met my soon to be business partner Colleen Dooley, who was a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. We found that we collaborated really well together and started to branch out and work on small projects such as short films and commercials. At that time we were in a 2 bedroom apartment in Studio City, using Pro tools LE 7.4 and an Mbox; It is incredibly amusing to look back at now and see how far we have come in 2 years.
Currently our studio, located in Northridge, California, is a full service facility for both post-production as well as music. We have two control rooms, an ADR/Vocal Booth, Foley stage, and a leisure area for guests and clients.
What type of projects can Dooley Noted be hired to work on?
We are capable of doing almost every project out there. Our resume includes projects ranging from recording music artists, recording and mixing score, web videos, radio spots, television and feature films. We try to make it our goal to accommodate everything we encounter, providing services that can be a la carte to include Tracking, Producing, ADR, Foley, Sound design, and Mixing. This way we can try to work with everyone’s budget.
What type of gear do you run in the studio?
We run Pro tools 10 HD with a control 24 combined with Blue Sky 5.1 monitoring. Our interfaces include an Avid HD Omni with a Digidesign 96i I/O. One of our newest, and favorite additions is the Black Lion Auteur Preamps. Black Lion Audio is a company from Chicago that makes and modifies audio equipment, which in our opinion is of superior quality at a reasonable price. We started out with the 002R signature modification that we are currently using in our studio B, and we were blown away with the results.
What are some interesting recent projects of DNA?
One of our favorite projects that we have recently completed is a feature film, starring Ernest Borgnine, titled “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez”. The film tells the story of Rex Page, played by Borgnine, who is an elderly man living with the constant regret of being a failed actor. After suffering from a stroke, Rex is taken to a nursing home where is develops relationships with the Latin American staff, bonding over Rex’s past encounter with the idolized singer, Vicente Fernandez. The staff treat Rex like the celebrity he has always wanted to be and eventually help Rex discover new meaning and appreciation for what who he is, and what he has.
It was an amazing project that really challenged us creatively, mentally and physically. What we enjoyed most about this project was the creative collaboration with all departments, All the sound pays tribute to western film making and also really lives within the main character, Rex Page’s imagination. It is a spaghetti western that takes place in a present day setting in a nursing home.
We have also been doing a lot of work for shows and ads on the web. We have recently began to create and produce theme songs for video games such as Gamefront.com’s Minecraft show and a song based on a certain meme for Skyrim that is being released shortly, which was another really enjoyable collaboration with the Gamefront crew.
Where would you like to see DNA go in the future?
With every project our skills improve and each new project is better than the last. We hope to continue on that path and one day be at the point where we can get a bigger facility with a few dubbing stages, a nice scoring stage, a team of people with specific roles and more projects than we can handle. Hopefully an award or two as well, that is definitely where we would like to be in the future.
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