Budapest Symphony Orchestra recording for ‘Seal Team’.
Q: What was the music brief for this film?
James: The brief was pretty extreme; 80s action rock ‘n roll synth-wave. Think of all those 80s action movies we grew up with, like ‘The Rock’ or ‘Predator’. It was our job to make the sound for ‘Seal Team’ still feel authentic and not like rip-offs of that time though. We are very lucky to have some of the best composers in the industry who specialise in cinematic composing, paired with incredible song writing skills for the rock ‘n roll, so the job was in safe hands.
Q: What does a big scale project like this mean for the local post production industry?
James: At Pressure Cooker, we want to use every opportunity to grow the industry in South Africa. Even if the animation is done here, often the music and sound ends up getting sent overseas to produce. Keeping South African work in South Africa is very important to us. Proving that we can be trusted to do work on this scale also leads to more international work being sent here. A lot of people think they can’t get projects like this done at the highest standard locally, and this proves they can. We have hired three new people since we finished ‘Seal Team’ – that’s always my goal, to grow local talent by creating opportunities.
Q: It’s pretty unusual for one studio to handle the music AND all the sound on a big project like this, right? So, how did it all come about?
James: We had already won the pitch to do the music for ‘Seal Team’. Having worked with ‘Seal Team’ director Greig Cameron for many years on a show called ‘Supa Strikas’, for which we handled all the sound and music, he knew we were more than capable for doing the same on ‘Seal Team’. I believe the original plan was to do the audio overseas with Warner Bros De Lane Lea, however, things changed during 2020 and the bid was put out to local studios and we won. Having one studio handle all the sound and music really streamlines the process and knowing that it’s all handled in one place gives the producers peace of mind.