Sound Design: Æ HAR DET BARE BRA: In The Festivals (Animation)

We have just heard that Meredith Strandquist’s “Æ Har Det Bare Bra”; a short animated film Mike designed the sound for has been entered into the festivals!

The film was shown at the following film festivals during 2013, winning 3rd place on two occasions and receiving some great feedback from Innsbruck, very well done Meredith!

Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Innsbruck, Austria
Winner in 3rd Place

“With minimal financial means the producer has managed to create an animated film which has moved all of us – because in only 60 seconds it transports more content than many a 90-minute documentary. The hero, drawn in a simple caricature style, is a polar bear – the emblematic animal of climate change – who has resigned himself to his fate. He lives in a house, opens the refrigerator when he is hungry and makes himself a sandwich with canned tuna and iceberg lettuce. Then he casts a nostalgic glance out of the window where his world melts away and sighs: Aren’t I lucky? The short story impresses the audience with its style, subtle humor and the serious, even sad message – and thus deserves the third prize.”

Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Fredrikstad, Norway
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia - Winner in 3rd Place
GIRAF Animation Festival in Alberta, Canada
KLIK! in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Michael W. Bell

Mike was born in South East London in 1988 but moved to Brighton during his early teens where he spent most of his time collecting music and performing rhythm guitar in a local heavy metal band. He later studied both Music Production and Composition for Film & Media at the University of Brighton where he found a passion for working sonically within the visual arts. Now based in London, Mike works as a film composer and sound designer providing bespoke music and sound for any media project you can throw at him through his own production company Aurora Eclipse Productions. Mike’s journey into music composition and production began while studying Music Production when he was commissioned for the first time to compose original music for “Francis” (2011), a short horror film. This was the first time he had approached writing music for an orchestra and fell in love with the whole process. During this time Mike also found himself in the studio, where he successfully produced “Hatriotism”, an EP for Demental, a Brighton (UK) based metal band. While finishing his degree in 2012, Mike was asked to compose a dark ambient orchestral soundscape for the US based band Shores of Acheron. This soundscape is featured on their newly released EP “End of Reign” as well as serving as an opener to the band’s live performance. It was also during this time that he formed his own sonic production company, Aurora Eclipse Productions. Mike has just finished working on the short animation “Æ Har Det Bare Bra” (2013) in which he provided sound design and engineered the sonic environment of the film. Currently, Mike is working with Personatones Ltd. to provide original music and sound for smartphones with his first Personatone 'Cinematic Majesty" due out next week; he is also composing music for the upcoming documentary film "Night Owls" from director Roy Petersen. Mike’s music may be described as dark, haunting, dramatic, atmospheric, orchestral, minimalist, cinematic, modern and textural. Description