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Feature Film & Documentary Gallery

Jim McKee and Earwax Productions have created sound design, supervised and mixed for major motion pictures, independent features and documentaries, as well as major IMAX productions. Full IMDB Listing

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

In conjunction with American Zoetrope, Earwax was on the Academy-Award winning sound design team of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1991 film version of the Bram Stoker novel. Jim was credited as “special sound effects editor” for helping create much of the metaphysical soundscapes of the castle and mysterious powers of Count Dracula.

Banshee Blacktop

A drifter is picked up by police in connection with the disappearance of a young couple on a remote, windswept island months before. But the drifter turns the table on their investigation and relates a tale of madness and the supernatural. Earwax Productions has been working with Irish director Sean Garland for over a decade now. The sound design and mix of Banshee was a work for the love of the art and film making at it’s finest. Read more about the film and the process in this interview with the director.

Inside Out and other Blu-ray/DVDs from Pixar Studios

Since 2007 Jim has been helping Pixar edit and mix most of the bonus materials for their Blu-ray DVD’s. The Pixar Studio team for DVD and promo production are some of the smartest, talented people in the business and a real pleasure to work with.

The Family Whistle; Tracing the origins of the Coppola clan

Film maker Michele Russo discovers he is a distant relative of the Coppolas from the small town of Bernalda, Italy and goes about an eight year odyssey of reconstructing the family tree. The story begins with Agostino Coppola 1882 and travels through time with interviews of uncles, brothers, sisters bringing us up to the present day families, all creative as ever. Jim, together with help from Sam Lehmer help put together a sound track and mix. The head of Cannes Classics said the sound was one of the best he’d ever heard for a documentary – – he said “it was flawless”

LUNA: A Sea Otter’s Story

This 15-minute show follows “a single sea otter’s journey — from stranding as an orphaned pup to rescue, care, and release by Aquarium staff.” Filling in the spaces and gaps of our knowledge, the knowledge that includes what a sea otter faces, the care he or she receives at the institution, and a release back into the Pacific, is how we better build a base for all of our cooing to stand upon, the cooing we do in front of the pool where the otters play. The “threats facing California’s otter population,” and the aquarium’s helpful role, are also discussed in the presentation, so plan not just on the squee-able parts of Luna’s arc to come to the forefront but all of the hurdles faced by the otters who call our coast home. Working closely with Christy Chamberlain and the staff at Monterey Aquarium, Earwax Productions helped to create a rich natural 7.1 sound design and mix for this live presentation film as well as for ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge. Both programs play daily at the aquarium auditorium.