August 12th – @ Dusk
FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE
Se 32nd and Market
Pre-movie music by Megafauna
In the pit under the screen, teams of voice actors, sound effects artists and musicians go to work in a stunning performance of film, music, noise and exceptionally large monsters. Gamera vs. Guiron (1969) is an epic Japanese monster film starring 3 of the biggest baddest fire-breathing condo-crushing “kaiju” of the day. On a distant alien planet, 2 brain eating space babes protect their domain from intruders with the fearsome Guiron with a knife for a head and the ability to shook shuriken out of his nostrils.
When two boys from the Earth end up in the clutches of the evil women, Gamera, jet powered mega-turtle, swoops in to do battle in a showdown of Scarface proportions. Veteran sound effects artists Pat Janowski (livewire!) and David Ian (unchained productions) rip, shake and smash their way through the film with their onstage arsenal of noise. The Willamette Radio Workshop dubs the film live into English (yes even the monsters) and our orchestra performs an originally composed soundtrack. Filmusik: Gamera vs. Guiron is a live film performance not to miss, A soundscape of local portland talent that is larger than big, bigger than huge, and may even be ginormous!
Funded by a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust
Presented by Portland Parks and Rec and the Richmond Neighborhood Association
Filmusik: Gamera vs. Guiron is produced in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre.
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Three children, two boys and a girl, stumble upon a flying saucer. The boys both step in without hesitating, and are whisked away to a planet in Earth’s orbit but on the exact opposite side of the Sun. Inhabiting this planet are two women with Midwestern accents, who hypnotize the children to find they fantasize about milk, donuts, and Gamera, our favorite hero turtle. The women simply want to eat their brains.
EXCERPT: Filmusik’s Original Soundscape
MUSICAL EXCERPT: The Macabre Waltz
DAVID IAN – Live Sound Effects/Foley Artist
Normally I do live radio type dramas, some classical, some seasonal with music, some adaptations of great literature– This is quite different in that it has lots of quick scene cuts and the scenes visually explain themselves, they don’t need an establishing sound to create atmosphere or setting. It’s incidental in a way to the main work instead of being organic; doing it live adds an extra challenge but makes it so much more enjoyable to do as a performance instead of creating Foley sounds in a studio to be recorded and replayed later with the film.
The pacing of the film is much, much faster than radio theatre and many sounds while important are often incidental instead of featured; there’s a huge variety as well as calling for HUGE sounds from giant fighting monsters. And the live performance aspect with the giant fighting creatures adds some extra spice to it all.
MARC ROSE – Sound Designer
As a composer/sound designer I do a fair amount of audio to picture which, on occasion, does require the rebuilding of either lost, or even non existing soundtracks. This however, is the first time it was done ON PURPOSE!
It’s great to have collaborators like Galen and the group because in recreating this sound track there were no rules as to what absolutely had to be recreated exactly. So, I’m having a great deal of fun reinventing this whole sonic landscape. The other fun aspect has been the creation of filter sets for the creatures in this film. Since all of the voice parts are performed live, I needed to come up with a way to reproduce their growls and vocal articulations that the actor/foley person could activate through headset mics, and have the mic outputs feed a bank of audio processors.
PAT JANOWSKI – Live Sound Effects/Foley Artist
You can catch the work of actor, musician and writer Pat Janowski on stages and screens all across Oregon. Proud co-director of Portland’s own Flash Choir and Siren of Sound on the Live Wire! radio show on OPB, Pat is delighted to join forces with the uber-talented Filmusik crew to bring to life this fantastic tale of space exploration, a mighty battle of otherworldly titans, and donuts.