Prince of Sounds

Prince Anselm who has made a mark as audiography director in many Hollywood films is gearing up to make a mark in Mollywood

Published: 03rd January 2014 10:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2014 10:10 AM   |  A+A-


He is a native of Kollam who has donned the cap of audiography director in many Hollywood films. Now he is gearing up to make a mark in Mollywood. Prince Anselm is all smiles when we ask him about his dream run in English films.

Prince, who has so far worked in over 10 full-length Hollywood feature films with audiography director David Stevens, has many projects up his sleeve. 

He will also be doing audiography for Collabfeature movie Train Station (working title). This international feature film has been directed by a team of 40 filmmakers from around the globe. “Its sound design process is about to start. It is a film about possibilities, choices and alternate paths,” he says.

Besides, he is busy with two Mollywood projects- Third World Boys and Carlton Towers.

Third World Boys, written and directed by  duo Ayyappa Swaroop and Shahaladharan Sashidhar is slated to hit the screens in the second-half of this month. The shooting is over and its post-production work is on. “This film uses sync sound, with the sound being recorded at the time of filming the movie,” says Prince. He is quick to add that its specialty lies in its music. “Four European musicians are composing the music for the songs in the film and French musician Thomas Seemon is doing the theme music for it,” he says.

Prince is very excited about the project and can’t help talking about its different aspects. “The sound designing and post-production works are going on. We have used contemporary dubbing in the film, which features two genres of music, making it a special surreal movie. The film has used natural soundscape recording and even test control. This may be the first movie to introduce test control system in the country,” he says.

The young sound engineer is also working in the Hollywood romantic comedy Basmati Blues which will hit the screens this year. The film is shot in India.

Prince’s rise in the celluloid world is awe-inspiring. In a span of six years, he has essayed sound in different languages, including English, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam. Prince had a humble beginning in the industry under senior sound engineer Harikumar Pillai, after completing sound engineering from a college in Changanassery. For him, making better audio is as important as perfecting visuals in films. “A visual can be effective on the screen, but it is the sound design that boosts the impact of the visual,” he says.

 His recently released movies include Downsteps and Weeping Garden. “I also got a chance to work with Aamir Khan,” he says.

 Prince is upbeat about his independent Telugu movie Maro Prabhancham which will be released next year.


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