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Dead Hands Dig Deep
Story by Corey McCrossin & Steve Hibbins
Bachelor of Music (Audio)

Audio student Corey McCrossin was was given the unique opportunity to travel to California USA last January, to do the sound for a feature length documentary which would later be called “Dead Hands Dig Deep”, a film about American shock rocker 'Edwin Borsheim' from the band 'Kettle Cadaver'.

"The best way to learn things is to experience them in reality"
- Corey McCrossin.

The debut film has since been selected into Slamdance in Park City, Utah and Noise Pop in San Francisco. Corey was asked to work on the film by long time friend and director/co-writer Jai Love, having worked together previously on a few short films. "Since I have worked successfully with Jai before, he offered me the opportunity to visit America and do the field recording, sound design and sound mixing. If you can hear it in the film, I had something to do with it” says Corey.

The next step was organising all the gear needed for the documentary. Corey went though hours and hours of forums to see what would be best for the shoot and not too costly. The filming would take place in the Temecula desert would go on for around a month. He managed to get his hands on a Zoom H4n, two Sennheiser lapel microphones, a Rode Mounted Shotgun Microphone a boom pole and most importantly a massive amount of AA batteries, which would be needed due to the lack of electricity in the desert.

With a film of this nature, Corey explains that “you run into many problems such as the composer of the film wanting the score to be louder and archival footage having horrible audio problems”. Consequently, the post- production involved many hours of sitting behind his laptop on protools, constantly re-watching the 75min film and trying to fix all the audio problems he ran into along the way. His goal was to find a balanced mix between the Music, SFX and most importantly the dialogue.

“Working on Dead Hands Dig Deep has been one of the best experiences I have yet to encounter" says Corey. "The whole experience was truly amazing, from living out in the desert with a shock rocker credited for his stage presence and self mutilation, to sitting in my bedroom for hours on end, jacked up on caffeine just trying to do my best for the film” he adds. Corey goes on to say that what he learned at AIM really helped him to achieve what he has done and make the most of this opportunity. "Without the knowledge of Protools and editing/mixing techniques I learned at AIM, I would not have been able to have this experience” says Corey, who will also have the thrill of travelling from California to Utah to view the premier for the film at the Slamdance Film Festival, a year-round organisation fostering the development of unique and innovative film makers.

“Being at Slamdance is an amazing opportunity for networking. I have been able to meet many film makers such as Werner Herzog and Kevin Smith” says Corey, who is also looking forward to getting back to his Audio studies at AIM and finishing his course in 2016.

More information about the film

Dead Hands Dig Deep (Bio)

While living in complete isolation in the desert of southern California, a long forgotten shock-rock musician reflects on his dark past of drug abuse, violence, and self destruction.

"DHDD makes Last Days Here look like Mariah Carey’s A Christmas Melody." - J.B. Spins




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