Sight and Sound Wins 2018 Preservation Honor Award!

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Sight and Sound Studios is the proud recipient of recognition by the Historic Hawaii Foundation for our work in creating an audio experience for visitors to the bridge of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

The project was the largest repair and preservation effort of the USS Missouri since its decommissioning in 2010. The project helped return the battleship to her former glory, helping to educate the public about her historic role in times of peace and war.

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We are honored to have received this recognition and look forward to continuing to utilize our resources, skills, and creativity to celebrate and preserve the things that make Hawaii an incredible place to live and visit.

DJI Ronin-S, Ronin 2, Master Wheels & Flowcine Black Arm

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We love our Freefly Movi Pro but sometimes you need a stronger stabilizer for larger payloads and fast movements. Sight & Sound Studios now has the DJI Ronin 2 and Master Wheels in-house! This new system perfectly compliments our Flowcine Black Arm, delivering smooth footage in the roughest of terrains. Contact us today for more information on availability and pricing!

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We've also added the new Ronin-S to our inventory! A light-weight gimbal for DSLRs and smaller cameras-- this system is perfect for run-and-gun and fast paced jobs! 

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Maui Jim - 2018 Campaign

Sight & Sound Studios had the opportunity to work with Road Pictures for a series of Maui Jim commercials for their 2018 line! Featuring a pristine 1967 International Scout, we traveled in style from the top of Tantalus Lookout to Maili Beach on the west side. Sight & Sound Studios provided all camera equipment (including a Red Helium 8k, Arri Master Primes, Movi Pro), grip & electric trucks and crew! Hope you enjoy these spots as much as we had fun working on them!

‘Born on the Beaches’

‘Discover Greater Clarity’

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DRONE SERVICES - NOW AVAILABLE

SIGHT & SOUND STUDIOS NOW OFFERING DRONE SERVICES ACROSS HAWAII
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DRONE COORDINATION & PERMITTING
FOR COMMERCIAL VIDEO PRODUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY

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With a strong background in commercial cinematography, our team speaks the same visual language as our clients do. Sight & Sound Studios has crafted a team of aerial coordinators, pilots and cinematographers to properly permit and capture breathtaking aerial photography and videos from around the globe. We utilize the latest technology in aerial equipment and carry a wide range of drones most suited to capture unique images that tell your story.

Aerial Cinematography Reel // 2018

Hyundai - "The Kona Way"

Sight and Sound hit the roads of Big Island with
Hyundai's new SUV - the KONA

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Director: Mike Lee Thomas
Director of Photography: Rob Hauer

Sight & Sound Studios provided camera equipment, car-to-car gimbals + technicians and an aerial/drone unit to help Director of Photography, Rob Hauer, capture these beautiful images throughout the Island of Hawaii.

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Will you take the path chosen for you, or choose your own? Sam Potter (https://www.instagram.com/captainpotter), a traveler, and Alicia Ward (https://www.instagram.com/aliciaunderwater), a photographer, come together to discuss finding what you’re truly passionate about and living life the Kona Way.

Sometimes finding your purpose is helping others find theirs. Rowena, a vlogger, and Kai, a fireman, tell their stories of finding purpose and living life the Kona Way.

"TRISS" - Swedish Scratch & Win Commercial

Sight and Sound teamed up with the incredible folks at
Film de Liberté to produce a Swedish lottery commercial!

We provided camera, audio, crew, locations management, food styling, production supervision, an aerial drone unit, and even a lovely classic car rental.

We were also stoked to collaborate for a day with one of our favorite camera technicians, Josh Quick of Salt + Air Studios who tech'd their ShotOver G1 for an ATV rig in Kualoa Ranch. It was all for a commercial to promote the Svenska Spel Triss lottery. Basically like a “scratchers” lottery game in America. Watch the commercial and you’ll see what we mean.

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Surround Sound Experience for the USS Missouri (BB-63)

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The skies were clear and the air warm at Pearl Harbor on December 5, 1991. The legendary joint base was prepared and anticipating the arrival of the USS Missouri (BB-63) then nearly 47 years old. It was this day that  “Mighty Mo” would make it’s final maneuvers to rest and soon become a bastion of U.S. naval history for tens of thousands of visitors.

74 years since it’s commission- Sight and Sound Studios collaborated with the historians, archivists, and caretakers of the Missouri to craft an audio experience for it’s visitors.

Our team directed, produced, recorded, edited, and implemented everything necessary for the audio installation on the newly restored 04 Level bridge of the battleship.

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Producer, Franz Schmutzer, helped develop and breakdown a script written by USS Missouri Memorial Association Archival Assistant, Megan Plaumann, and performed by active service members of the USS John Paul Jones to re-enact the bridge procedures that occured on the day Mighty Mo returned home.

The Missouri’s preservation team searched the island for support on this unique project and had difficulty finding anyone up to the task. It required a multimedia approach and an understanding in a diversity of disciplines. From the first phone call, we were intrigued and excited to implement our team’s technical skills and artistic sensibilities for what was essentially a museum installation.

Authenticity was the primary goal of the endeavor. Bill Maheras, the owner of Sight and Sound, has spent decades working on battleships and with military personnel and assumed the role of director to guide the servicemen through the recording. We brought professional audio engineers and long-time collaborators Steve DeFeo and Robert Dickerson in to manage the field mix and recording, which was done within the actual space of the bridge, adding to the atmosphere and style of the piece. Kevin Sawicki lent his technical skills to plan and implement a surround sound system that could be integrated into the bridge and playback the voices of each sailor from their actual stations within the physical space.

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Battleship Missouri Memorial Curator, Mike Weidenbach:

Working with your team, from the moment [we] walked into your studio, it has all been very positive. We knew from the beginning that we’d found a professional team that understood what we were attempting to create, and were eager and able to work with us to make it happen…and you have.

I hope that by saying “you have” it doesn’t sound like I’m saying simply “good enough”. What I mean is that the result is exactly consistent with the authentic sound I’d hoped we’d achieve, purposefully nothing more or less than authentic.

I’m confident that our 1500-2000 visitors a day will feel themselves there, hearing what they would have heard aboard this battleship as she arrived in Pearl Harbor for the 50th anniversary of the December 7th attack.

We are proud to have been a part of this historical project.

Visit https://www.ussmissouri.org/ for information about visiting the memorial and experiencing it yourself.

ASUS ZenFone 4 - Hana Productions

Sight & Sound Studios teamed up with Asus & Hana Productions to create memorable lifestyle content & product shots for the ZenFone 4 by providing preproduction, casting & wardrobe fitting facilities along with crew, cameras, AKS, a grip package and vehicles throughout 4 days of production. Rooftop birthday parties surrounded by cityscape, entire days spent on pristine beaches with friends, exploring Waikiki by day and by night -- these videos truly encapsulate the diversity Oahu has to offer.

Check out the ZenFone 4 at the ASUS store!

THE KOREAN K-POP CONNECTION:

WINNER "LOVE ME LOVE ME"

Remember boy bands?
(Maybe you don't want to!)
Synchronized dancing. 90's-chic. Screaming tweens.
After working with Korea's biggest boy band idols - Sight & Sound votes we bring them back!

WINNER's new song LOVE ME LOVE ME hit the top of the charts -- grossing over 2 million views on YouTube and #1 in iTunes in over 30 countries within the first 12 hours!

The K-Pop sensation arrived in Hawaii in need of complete camera, grip, lighting, production supplies, video monitoring, vehicles, and crew. Lucky they found us right?

Offering a comprehensive equipment and production services solution, Sight & Sound was able to collaborate with the international team to dial in the package within a budget and within a quick turn around.

Advising on gear, shots, locations, personnel and making it all happen is what we do best.

NEGOTIATOR (谈判官): Season 2 Finale

CHINA'S BIGGEST TV DRAMA WRAPS UP SEASON 2 IN HAWAII
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Sight & Sound Studios provided crew, logistics, locations and the camera and G&E package for the Chinese TV Show: NEGOTIATOR (谈判官) featuring Mi Yang (杨幂) & Zitao Huang (黄子韬) -- Directed by Liu Yi Zhi (刘义志). The first season was the highest rated drama series in China

The Freefly MoVi Pro was integral to the pace of production and the DP's aesthetic needs. We had the opportunity to speak with New York City based Camera Operator / MoVi Tech, Ryan Hamelin, about his experience in Hawaii.

Hey Ryan, it's Kevin from Sight & Sound Studios! Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us-- Let's dive right into it!

How did you first get involved with the Negotiator?

"We were recommended by another DP who wasn't able to shoot the show due to other time commitments. We had previously worked with the parent production company on a dance video DP'd by Ming Ju Hue and this was our first time working with Gordon Yu and the rest of the New York Team. Prior to New York the show had been shooting in China for somewhere between 50-60 straight days with only a single day off for the Chinese New Year. They arrived in New York City and we immediately began an 8 day stretch which ended with a plane ride to Hawaii and all you lovely guys at Sight & Sound Studios."

How was shooting in Hawaii different than New York City?

"Interestingly enough, shooting in Hawaii was much more similar to shooting in NYC than we expected. There wasn't really any new slang lingo for specific equipment like we deal with on international shoots, and the crew transportation and permitting were all very similar obstacles to running a shoot of that size back in Manhattan. Hawaii is uniformly gorgeous though, so I'm sure that made picking specific shooting locations a challenge simply due to the wealth and variety of picturesque scenery.

I'd say our favorite day of shooting was probably our boat to boat day. We don't often get asked to do water based shooting, and it was definitely a fun challenge to coordinate all the moving parts and determine what to shoot when. The MoVi handled the waves like a champ too, and considering everything we had to accomplish, I think the day went very smoothly. I also remember our car to car stuff fondly, but that's mostly because we ended up strapping into a kneeling position in the back of a pickup truck before driving all over an incredible park."

Ryan Hamelin operating Sight & Sound's Movi Pro to film the Holokai Catamaran in the distance.

Ryan Hamelin filming car to car in Kualoa Ranch.

What are some of your favorite features with the new Movi Pro system and how do you think Freefly Systems are it changing the game?

"The MoVi Pro is really the gimbal everyone's been waiting for since the original M10 launched 3 and a half years ago. Sure it's got stronger motors, sure it's got a slightly improved payload capacity, but the real features are in the details. The integrated power system that allows the gimbal and a series of convenient p-tap ports to be powered off of hot swappable batteries is a huge deal for us as we're often running camera power and accessory power from multiple places at once. We actually had to invent a similar system to accomplish this goal with earlier hardware, so upgrading to the pro and not having to deal with that kind of cable management was a relief.

The ring with built in feet is such a smart design decision, because now you don't need a to be able to dock the gimbal, you can simply set it down. It makes building and balancing more convenient and frees up the operator to be more flexible with when and how they choose to utilize the rig. Paired with a Ready Rig, I think you have the perfect combination of size and support for almost any camera package."
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What was your favorite thing to do in Hawaii when you're not working?

"We didn't have a lot of down time during the shoot unfortunately, but hitting up the Japanese Market at Shirokiya was definitely a highlight. After the job was over we were able to fly to a couple other islands and hike Shifting Sands National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Seeing active volcanoes, even from a distance, was a pretty incredible experience, and we really just wanted to keep exploring the islands. Hopefully we'll get a chance to return soon."

Check out Ryan's Reel & Websites
https://vimeo.com/110717265 
www.climbinghigherpictures.com 
www.ryanhamelin.com

Negotiator premieres in 2018 with an anticipated audience of over 1 billion people! Be sure to check it out (with subtitles)

Welcome to Food Paradise

 Food porn slider action at the He'eia Kea Pier.

Food porn slider action at the He'eia Kea Pier.

It was a pleasure to work with O'Malley Productions on the Hawaii episodes for Season 8 of Travel Channel's Food Paradise. Sight & Sound provided grip, electric, and crew, with Franz Schmutzer and collaborator Michael Ogasawara stepping out to Gaff the episodes. We also provided Production Assistants and other crew for both Oahu and Kauai segments.

LED lighting, Kino Flos, a Grip Truck package, and a basic slider kit was the daily deal. But these simple tools made this food show extra spicy.

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 Season 8 premieres late fall 2017

Season 8 premieres late fall 2017

JUVENTUD (2017)

 After a life long journey, a lone conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.

After a life long journey, a lone conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.

Sometimes you get a chance to do it for the love.

We spend hours, days, and months in the production trenches with our crew comrades and we've all spent time on set talking about our scripts, our pitches, and our passion projects. Often these are just dreams, but every once in a while, we look around at each other and at the resources and talent at our disposal and say "Let's do it!"

Years ago, director Austin Everett snapped a pic of actor Nick Masciangelo wearing a prop helmet in the production office and liked what he saw. Fast-forward to 2016 where he and local producer Concepcion Alicino are wrapping up post and festival submissions on their first feature-length film Secondhand Hearts and decided to keep up the momentum. In partnership with Executive Producer and long time supporter of the local film industry Moumen El Hajji, "Connie" and Austin tapped Bill Maheras to DP and suddenly the full force of Sight & Sound was backing it.

Juventud (HOO-ven-TOOD) was a bloody metaphysical trip into the wilderness (and so was the movie!)

Some of the most talented artists and technicians in the state came out to play with us: Stephen Bacquet - gaffer, Matthew Berner - 1st AC, Darin Fujimori - Stunt Coordinator, Michael Romano - Colorist, Alana Hong - Production Designer, Chantal Boom'la - Make-up Artist, and many more friends and hands that came out to support a local creation.

Cinematographer Bill Maheras utilized our ARRI Amira camera system with Zeiss Superspeed MKIII prime glass. The vintage glass lent an appropriate quality to the period imagery and intense performances, organically softening the picture while still grounding it in gritty realism. Working in tropical forest, with rain, live animals, rivers, and waterfalls - it certainly helps to have T1.3 as an option when you start moving your camera into a literal heart of darkness.

Juventud is making the festival rounds now and we will keep you updated on any public screenings in Hawaii.

  Director: Austin Everett & Actor: Nick Masciangelo

 Director: Austin Everett & Actor: Nick Masciangelo

 AC: Matt Berner, DP: Bill Maheras, Gaffer: Stephen Bacquet

AC: Matt Berner, DP: Bill Maheras, Gaffer: Stephen Bacquet

  Actor: Mason Masciangelo

 Actor: Mason Masciangelo

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Cast & Crew

 Nick & Mason Masciangelo

Nick & Mason Masciangelo

NEW! Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder

The Sound Devices 633 6-Input Field Production Mixer and Digital Recorder is designed for production audio mixing and recording on set and in the field. The unit is housed in a compact lightweight molded metalized carbon-fiber chassis and features six analog inputs: three XLR microphone preamplifier inputs with selectable phantom power, high-pass filters, input limiters, faders and variable pans, as well as three line-level TA3 (mini-XLR) inputs. The first XLR input can also function as an AES digital input and accept AES3 or AES42 inputs with +10 V phantom power for digital microphones. The two XLR outputs can also be used as four channels of AES output.

Contact us today for rental inquiries!

NEW! SmallHD 702 OLED & 703 ULTRA BRIGHT Monitors

  NEW!  SmallHD 703 Ultra Bright - $200/day -- 7-inch LCD Monitor with 2500 nits Brightness! The Brightest 7-inch monitor available with HDR Preview, Waveform, 3D LUT support and 12v Lemo power

NEW! SmallHD 703 Ultra Bright - $200/day
-- 7-inch LCD Monitor with 2500 nits Brightness!
The Brightest 7-inch monitor available with HDR Preview, Waveform, 3D LUT support and 12v Lemo power

 SmallHD 702 OLED - $150/day -- 7.7-inch OLED Monitor with Wide Color Gamut  Fully featured on-camera monitor with stunning OLED color, HD waveform and scopes, 3D LUT support and rugged milled aluminum chassis.

SmallHD 702 OLED - $150/day
-- 7.7-inch OLED Monitor with Wide Color Gamut
Fully featured on-camera monitor with stunning OLED color, HD waveform and scopes, 3D LUT support and rugged milled aluminum chassis.

Eliquis - The Path to a Successful Production

Native Content & Publicis North America worked closely with Sight & Sound Studios to help coordinate, equip and crew the Camera, Grip, Video Assist and Sound Department. Seasoned location manager, Jim Triplett, secured a number of stunning locations across the island of Oahu; from Makapu'u ridge to Kualoa Ranch.

"When Native Content approached us for Video Assist services, I was excited for the challenge. I was told that we'd be hitting a lot of remote locations, multiple company moves per day and limited available power; being flexible and mobile was a necessity. 

Our mobile QTAKE system was able the meet and exceed the production's expectations. I worked primarily out of a pickup truck; that way I could quickly deploy, wrap and move to the next location; important for a 1-man department. The Director, DP and Creative Team loved that QTAKE was able to quickly overlay graphic elements with a live view to assist with framing and visualize the final commercial as we were shooting it!"

-- Kevin Sawicki, VTR Operator

Walgreens, Thanks for Giving!

I just want to let everyone know how fantastic my experience was with Sight & Sound. Our production team came over from Los Angeles to shoot a commercial on Oahu. Everyone at Sight & Sound was beyond helpful and accommodating. We rented everything from them. Cameras, electric, grip, VTR, sound, and walkies. Looking forward to coming back to beautiful Hawaii and working with everyone from Sight & Sound!
— Alina Stevens, Production Supervisor
 Director of Photography:  Kip Bogdahn

Director of Photography: Kip Bogdahn

Sight & Sound Studios sports decades of production service experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process. From equipment and crew to coordination and advice, we want your experience in the islands to be painless and filled with aloha. Sight & Sound is an ally to producers, managers, supervisors, and coordinators - we help your production team put together the pieces of the puzzle (and we all know that the puzzle doesn't necessarily come with a picture on the box!)

 Director:  Thomas Beug

Director: Thomas Beug

Beyond collaboration with the Chelsea agency out of L.A. to assist in all aspects to get Walgreens' Thanks For Giving commercial off the ground, Sight & Sound personnel played integral parts on the crew.  Bill Maheras as gaffer, Kevin Sawicki as VTR, Steve DeFeo as Audio, hand-picked professionals in the grip & electric department and more.

The creative hearts and minds at Chelsea crafted a globe-trotting expression of Walgreens' humanitarian efforts - utilizing the diverse settings available in Hawaii to whisk viewers between Vietnam, Ecuador and Africa (all while never actually leaving the U.S.!) Hope that revelation doesn't break the spell, but we can't help but be impressed by the movie magic! Check it out below, and enjoy!