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2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #2. Troy Herion (306 Hollywood)

2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #2. Troy Herion (306 Hollywood)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2017 discoveries”
Troy Herion: 1. The Optigan – an obscure organ from the 1970s
2. Oregon Rte 138 – highway of waterfalls
3. Ed Steed New Yorker cartoons

Lavallee: In this particular 70 year-life span, I imagine there were dominant instruments / this is your life type soundtracks that you leaned towards?
Herion: One of the “characters” in the movie is the collection of random objects that accumulate in a house over a lifetime. For those rummaging scenes I wanted a “sounds from the attic” vibe. One of my favorite instruments for this purpose is the Optigan – an obscure 1970s gimmick organ that plays back loops of studio musicians in styles like the “cha-cha” or “cocktail.” The old tape hiss and low fidelity create a one-of-a-kind sound texture that is full of nostalgic charm. In the finished score I combined Optigan drums, organ, and flute with live musicians.

Troy Herion 306 Hollywood

Lavallee: Could you discuss your collaboration with the Bogaríns?
Herion: We’ve all been collaborating for years on smaller film and music projects and we love to create rich visual and sonic worlds. While I write music I often also make edits to the video. Sometimes it’s just finessing a few details, but it allows for a “musical” arc to the scene and punchy audiovisual rhythms which can really help a story flow.

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Troy Herion 306 Hollywood

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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