Cyd Post, founded by film composer Chanda Dancy, will be opening its doors in Glendale, California, next week with a focus on audio post production for independent filmmakers. Services will include custom music production, sound editing, sound design, ADR, Foley and voiceovers.
According to Dancy, “The main focus of Cyd Post is sound and music production for independent films and new media,” which she believes is the future of the industry. So Cyd Post will focus on work that involves things like content for the web, hand-held devices, gaming consoles, etc. “The company is poised to handle an extremely flexible range of budgets and projects in anticipation of emerging technologies and the ever-changing landscape of entertainment content creation,” she says. “Independent and new media content creators can essentially have their cake and eat it too in regards to getting professional sound and music from an award-winning and experienced artist and staying within their budget.”
In addition to her film composing work, Dancy plays a variety of instruments and is an accomplished vocalist. She started composing films as an undergraduate while getting degrees in composition, music theory and violin performance at Houston Baptist University. “It was mostly small, local commercial projects, but I also directed my own short film and scored it as a part of a special senior thesis project that my awesome composition professor, Ann K. Gebuhr, created a special course for,” she explains. “Directly after undergrad, I went on to intern with composer Mike Post (Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues) as part of the 2002 BMI Film Scoring Fellowship, and then went on to attend the USC Film Scoring program in 2003. Everything just progressed from there.”
Dancy is most noted for her collaboration with filmmaker Ted Chung on films such as A Thousand Words, Mike’s and I.D. She also scored the Peruvian offering La Navaja de Don Juan, Unmentionables and the horror film directed by Ning Jungwu called Lift to Hell.
So how did Dancy’s path lead her to starting an audio post house? “I am using skills developed over the past eight years that started with my employment as a sound assistant at an audio post production house back in 2006 called NL3 Audio. From that point on sound production has been an integral part of my artistic growth, right along with music composition. Also, from a business standpoint, it only makes sense to use all skill sets in an official capacity in the name of diversification!
Cyd Post’s gear includes Avid Pro Tools 10 and 11; Waves Diamond plug-in suite; Native Instruments Komplete 8; East West Hollywood Brass; East West Hollywood Strings; Cinesamples Cinecore Winds; Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56; Presonus Monitor Station studio controller; JBL LSR4326P Bi-amplified studio monitor system; Sweetwater, Creation Station 450; Finale 2012 notation software; Adobe Creative Cloud; Avid Mbox 2 Pro; M-Audio Keystation 61 es; and a JBL LSR308 powered monitor system.
The recording room houses Vocalbooth.com Platinum Series Recording Room 9’x10’; Neumann TLM102 large diaphram condenser mic; Rode NT5 stereo pair; cardioid condenser instrument mic; Audio Technica AT3035 cardioid condenser mic; Audix DP7 instrument mic set (seven mics total); Zoom H4N handheld field recorder; Line 6 Spyder III guitar amp; and a Acoustic B200 bass amp.