Vijay Rathinam has been part of movies where he has not met the director. At times, the director and he do not even speak the same language!
Sounds unreal! Not when you consider that Rathinam is increasingly working on global projects (his portfolio boasts of Italian, Russian, Dutch and French movies). “Few years ago, I connected with international sound professionals online. We would communicate over Skype, use collaborative work tools like Source Connect and Protools and finally deliver the creative through email,” he said. How did he meet these folks in the first place? How else, but through Facebook!
Over the years, Rathinam has worked regularly with people like sound composer Srdjan Kurpjel, through who he recently landed the assignment for designing sound effects for Eisenstein in Guanajuato. This movie by maverick British director Peter Greenaway has some rambunctious moments spliced by flashes of subtlety.
Rathinam had to keep pace with both while ensuring the sound effects matched the baroque sets the director had erected, as well as the agitated camera angles to capture the dusty locales. Given the sensory overload that Eisenstein in Guanajuato is, the sound does not distract from the visual fête that unspools on the screen.