We’re very proud to announce Berkeley Street Media’s work on the Netflix original anime series: Ingress the Animation. The show was created by Niantic Labs of San Francisco and beautifully animated into 11 stunning episodes for the screen by Craftar, an up and coming boutique animation studio in Tokyo. We were delighted to take a break from live action or any visual role for that matter and showcase the depth of our capabilities in music, sound, audio mixing & post producing!
With Berkeley Street Media founder Ry Wardwell at the helm, not only did BSM envision, produce and closely direct the original score (with composer Jacob Yoffee), but we also directed and designed all sound design, dialogue editing, music mixing, music placement, premixing and final dub stage mixing!
What began as a 1-person job advising on instrumentation and sounds for original score grew over the 5 months of this marathon project into an 18 person team with fully expanded scope to design, direct, produce, QA, package and deliver the show to Netflix!
What’s more, Ry conceived his creative vision for the score, its instrumentation and music placement after a 2 month immersive exploratory phase where he digested an uncanny amount of little-known artists, emerging genres and musical trends from all over the globe. He then collaborated with the composer to develop the big shapes of the show’s music, while developing cue-specific guidance to shape the emotional tone, character arcs and viewer experience over the show’s 11-episode first season.
How did this happen? Well, in short, the response to our draft score, music placement and sound work for the first 2 episodes was so overwhelmingly positive that before long Ry and his team were taking the reigns of each and every sound role, post-producing and directing sound design and even
foley and English language soundtrack, music editing and mixing–without the creative oversight or involvement of the show’s producer, director or studio personnel. Ry and his team, miraculously only ever received a single note on design, mix OR score across nearly 300 minutes of screen time and the entirety of post production! Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke (also Google Earth and Pokemon Go creator) fully entrusted our team to bring to life sonically, Craftar’s stunning animation work — and what we developed was received as a raving success!
More coming soon in a full blog post. Check out the show on Netflix!
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