Writer and director Roxanne Benjamin, who specialises in the horror cinema genre shot the 3D audio thriller, Final Stop.with audio recorded using Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset.
In Final Stop, the protagonist played by Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin is on her way home from the city on a night bus. She soon notices a man in the back of the bus whose face is covered by a hood. The more people get off the bus, the closer he gets to her. Fearfully, she finally gets off the bus in an abandoned part of the city where she hopes to shake off her pursuer. But as soon as she leaves the bus she realises she did not get off alone.
Final Stop was recorded in immersive 3D audio, using just a smartphone and recording most of the audio with Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset that was developed with A/D conversion specialist Apogee.
Commenting on the approach to filming, Director Roxanne Benjamin said: “Since we structured the short around the use of 3D audio, I kept the camera largely behind Phoebe, so that audiences really felt that fear of being followed. This was the element that struck me the most about the Ambeo Smart Headset when I was first testing it out – just how effective it could be in enhancing a narrative horror setting. The 3D element really brings you a whole lot closer to the action and feeling like you’re right there with Phoebe as she’s experiencing this fear. It’d be fascinating to see it being used for a full thriller or horror feature,”
Uwe Cremering, Director Ambeo Immersive Audio at Sennheiser, added: “We wanted to let viewers experience the remarkable emotional quality 3D audio can lend to any film and with Final Stop, Roxanne tapped the full potential of the Ambeo Smart Headset in providing a frighteningly lifelike audio experience.”
Final Stop director Roxanne Benjamin is rooted in the thriller and horror genre. She is currently in post on the survival thriller Body at Brighton Rock, which she wrote and directed.