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Cameron is adept in many genres and has optimized his studio to compose for film with an arsenal of sound libraries and synthesizers, in addition to what his fingers coax from strings and keys…

Scoring for Film

Serafino Sound Studio’s founder, Cameron Catalano provides film scoring from composition to final masters, for films. He is currently hard at work on a new thriller. In 2017, he scored a pair of full length films: My Baby is Gone and One Small Indiscretion.

Cameron is adept in many genres and has optimized his studio to compose for film with an arsenal of sound libraries and synthesizers, in addition to what his fingers coax from strings and keys. Please get in touch to have him customize music to your specifications.

Descriptive Audio For Film (DAFF)

Established in 2014, Serafino Sound Studio produces DAFF to make movies and television shows more accessible to the visually impaired. Descriptive audio allows for visually impaired people to fully experience film, by providing objective narration to describe important visual details that cannot be understood from the film’s soundtrack alone. We have composed over 50 feature length DAFF productions for clients such as Hallmark, Lifetime, and SyFy.

About

Founder of Serafino Sound Studio, Cameron Catalano oversees DAFF scriptwriting, production and creates film scores from composition through to the final master recording.

Cameron Catalano

Founder of Serafino Sound Studio, Cameron Catalano oversees DAFF scriptwriting, production and creates film scores from composition through to the final master recording.

From 2008 – 2011 Cameron was a managing partner in Gladgnome Recording Studio located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Over this 4 year period he contributed to hundreds of musical works in many genres as producer, recording engineer and/or studio musician. This experience refined his audio editing, microphone technique and production skills.

For almost a decade Cameron has sat on the board of directors for Vancouver Pro Musica and has served as President since 2014. Vancouver Pro Musica is an organization that premiers over 50 new works a year by BC composers in addition to hosting workshops and panel discussions for composers. This has provided him many opportunities to have his music performed by many of Vancouver’s best musicians including Nu:BC, cellist Marina Hasselberg, a 14 piece horn ensemble and the 18 piece Mackenzie Jones Big Band. Cameron loves to collect sounds to create stunning soundscapes and electro-acoustic compositions, with many samples including crashing waves, wind, trains, birds, bells and sirens – gathered throughout the world during his regional and international travels. To familiarize himself with a new orchestral sample library, he reproduced the Back to the Future theme song note for note. This was transcribed entirely by ear with reference to Alan Silvestri’s original recording.

Since a very young age Cameron has been creating music encouraged by his father who taught as a music teacher for 30 years in his hometown of Williams Lake BC. With Royal Conservatory Piano training under his belt and wielding an electric guitar, he led jazz and rock bands throughout high school. He also played double bass for many musicals featuring the original scores of Brigadoon, The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof.

Cameron is a 2008 BA graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Communication program with a minor in Dialogue. In addition, Cameron took in the breadth of music courses the school had to offer including composition, electro-acoustic and conducting studies. He developed an observant, concise and colourful writing style throughout his studies.

Cameron performs on guitar regularly creating soundscapes for Vancouver’s only live improvised comedic-soap opera ‘Sin Peaks.’ A perpetual project for Cameron is Complimentary Shadows. It a collaboration with Lucas Mercer where they create long form loops. They improvise a foundation track of 20 – 40 minutes and proceed to overdub on top of the entire thing immediately afterwards on a selection of instruments.

Colleen Connor

Our process includes consultation with Colleen Connor who provides edits and feedback on our Descriptive Video scripts. She is a visually impaired consumer of descriptive video and hosts audio description workshops. Listen to a podcast of her explaining audio description and its history. 

She is a consultant, advocate, speaker, performer, and podcast host at BlindIC.com. She graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s in Music Theatre and Drama, and is certified by The London Dramatic Academy in the UK. Being visually impaired, Colleen brings a unique perspective on life to all that she does and provides a valuable ‘voice of the consumer’ for those training in or creating Audio Description. She has worked on the AD tours of both The International Spy Museum and The George W. Bush Heritage Library and Museum. Most recently, she has been dialect coaching, speaking, and working with Serafino Sound Studios on the editing of AD tracks.

Jan Vulgaropulos

Jan Vulgaropulos is a professional audio describer who has worked for Arts Access for over 10 years, describing live theatre and movies in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and Greensboro, North Carolina.  She edits and writes audio description scripts for film for Serafino Sound Studio. She and her partner, Colleen Connor, offer training experiences in audio description through their joint venture, Audio Description Training Retreats.  Jan is a graduate of Tufts University, with a BS degree in Mental Health. She lives with her husband, Spyro, in Cary, North Carolina.

Our Process

Each Descriptive Audio For Film (DAFF) production is put through our rigorous 4-part process

Scripting

We begin by viewing the project and writing the DAFF script. We use language that is vivid, objective, specific, evocative, memorable, and straight-forward, based on what we see that is not easily perceived through the film’s dialogue or sound. This includes settings, passage of time, visual character features, and context.

Recording

The spoken script is recorded using a clear voice, and read at a comfortable pace, using a consistent volume that is easy for viewers to follow and understand.

Syncing

Once the final audio has been received by our studio, it is synced seamlessly with the DAFF audio track. This involves syncing the recording of the DAFF script, and inserting each line to the appropriate visual cues, without interrupting the film’s flow of dialogue. The DAFF is then reviewed for quality assurance and edited accordingly.

Mixing

The final product is mixed to ensure the DAFF recording and the film dialogue are harmoniously balanced. The final product is output as a .wav file, rendered to 24 bit and 48 kHz.

We prefer to receive the locked picture as soon as it becomes available, to prepare the writing and recording process in advance. Standard turnaround time is 10 business days. Please contact us if you would like additional information, rush delivery availability or a quote (Contact Link)