From the Crosby Herald:
Alan records part of epic Noah film from Merseyside
Jun 13 2013 by Mark Johnson,
A MOVIE engineer from Brighton-le-Sands spoke of his delight after capturing parts of a Hollywood movie from his Merseyside recording studio.
Alan Watson, who has lived in the area for 15 years, took part in a live link-up with a New York voice recording suite to produce part of upcoming biblical epic film Noah.
The Hollywood movie, which is due to be released next year, is directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and John Logan.
It stars Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone.
Alan’s involvement as an engineer focused on him recording Liverpool-born actor Barry Sloane, who is also a cast member in the Hollywood film.
The director needed some of Barry’s dialogue replacing because it had not been recorded well enough on location in America.
And Alan, 50, used a high-quality ISDN line to send Barry’s voice across the Atlantic from the Toxteth-based Vocal Booth sound studios.
The Liverpool Community College music technology teacher, who has also worked with show business figures such as Robert Powell, Roger McGough and John Bishop, said: “I have a sound studio in Liverpool with equipment that enables me to link up with other studios around the world.
“Paramount Pictures sent me the part of the film that needed the lines replaced.
“I sent the time code and Mr Sloane’s dialogue down the lines to New York, where they synchronised his voice to their pictures in real time and Darren Aronofsky directed Barry from the New York studio.
“The reason why it happened was because some of the dialogue that they had wasn’t very good and it needed to be replaced. It happens a lot in the film industry.
“Barry lives in America but he was in Liverpool after just getting married.
“And that’s why we did it from my studio.
“It was very unusual and very hairy when it happened – I had to sign a disclaimer over not to tell anyone about it.
“But it was absolutely terrific to be involved in such a great film.
“It took three days to do and I enjoyed every moment of it.”
In the film Noah has divine visions foretelling the end of the world and attempts to tell his people to stop their mistreatment of the earth in order to be saved.
But no-one listens to his warnings and Noah and his family are cast out to fend for themselves in the wilderness.
Noah approaches a race of giant six-armed angels known as the ‘Watchers’ to rally them to his cause.
l NOAH is set to be released on March 28 next year.