After graduating from The Recording Arts Foundation Program and then the Recording Arts Masters Program at the Center for Arts and Technology in Fredericton, NB; Brett went on to do music recording/mixing and some live sound at Mission Studios in Sudbury, ON in 2006. Later in 2008, Brett got into full-time audio post-production in 2008 at Blackman Productions in Edmonton, AB. For the next 5 years Brett was able to hone his skills and gain a plethora of post audio experience by independently sound designing and mixing countless promos, ads, and more - as well as recording hundreds of voiceovers, and having important roles on larger film and documentary projects. In 2014, Brett moved to the Washington, DC area and found a home on the Defacto Sound team, where he garnered even more audio experience and exposure to great projects.
Brett Ardiel has had his hand in many award winning films and television programs. His work has been heard in film festivals and web browsers around the world, as well as on top-rated networks/channels in the U.S. and Canada, such as: Discovery, National Geographic, AHC, TLC, PBS, Destination America, Velocity, Science, NBC Sports, CBC, CTV, OMNI, Super Channel, APTN, and more.
Now, Brett's journey has taken him to the greater Houston area where he has started freelancing from his well-equipped 5.1 studio to help productions achieve great sound. Since entering the post audio world as a freelancer, Brett has worked on a few feature films, as well as other video projects; including short films, branding videos, advertising, and network television promos.
Unique traits: Extensive SFX Library, 5.1 Mix Studio, Pro Tools HD, iZotope RX5...
Aria Appleton Shines Like The Sun
Film by Nathan Myers Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer Aria, a trouble-making musical ‘diva,’ is trying desperately to get famous using her talents and utilizing technology like Youtube to make fun of others, bully, and try to make herself look better. When her negligent single-mom (Sara Slaughter Hughes) leaves town on a “business” cruise, Aria’s only option for temporary housing is to stay with an eccentric, home school family down the street who, ironically, are often the brunt of her bullying & jokes. After a lengthy stay with the Battlefields (who have six, internationally adopted children), Aria feels like a fish-out-of-water, AND following a madcap romp, a domino-effect of humorous, unintended consequences unfolds forcing Aria to face the music, admit to her manipulations and turn over a new leaf.
Film by John Jaquish (Crime and Drama) Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer A group of criminals, fleeing a gun possession charge, take over a farm in rural Appalachia and attempt to secede from the United States.
The Mighty Atom
Documentary by Steven Greenstein SFX Editor A documentary about "The Mighty Atom" - Joseph Greenstein the world famous strong man.
Film (short) by Cale Glendening Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Re-Recording Mixer Konki and his family live near Deluun Village, in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, where the last six generations of his bloodline have continued the art and tradition of eagle hunting. At the age of 29, Konki has spent 21 of his years herding animals as a way to support his family. After the tragic loss of his father two years ago, Konki felt a call to his father’s passion of eagle hunting. This changed the course of his life, allowing him to connect not only with family he’s lost, but the one he still has. His cousin Onei is teaching him as they travel across the vast, sprawling tundra and majestic mountains of their homeland. He also plans to pass down what he learns to his four-year-old son, Berdibek, who has already taken an interest in the eagles. Konki's new path ensures the continuation of this tradition for both his family and the heritage of his culture. There are few things more beautiful than discovering who you were meant to be by honoring where you’ve come from.
You Will Never Find My Body
Film (short) by Kyle Morgan (Horror) Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer A woman spends her days in the forest conducting geologic research. At night, she retires to her secluded cabin and shelters herself from the void that lies just beyond her walls.
Film (short) by Sabrina Chaney SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer A mixed media film by Sabrina Chaney.
Film (short) by Ryan Booth SFX Editor Each season, more than one million kids suit up to play high school football but only 30 will receive the coveted Five Star ranking—the highest recognition in collegiate recruiting.
Film (short) by Kenny Heidt Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-Recording Mixer In a post-apocalyptic world, a lonesome scavenger finds solace in teaching a young girl how to survive.
Film by William Collins (Horror and Thriller) Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Foley Artist, Re-recording Mixer The crew of a local horror movie showcase is use to broadcasting creepy stories of heinous killers, but tonight they are the story, trapped with a real killer among them.
Film (short) by M.D. Neely (Drama, Biography and Short) SFX Editor, Assistant Re-Recording Mixer Vicente is a teenager in Guatemala City who wants to play professional soccer. When presented with the opportunity to trained by Lobo, a neighborhood coach at a soccer academy, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately things are not as they appear and Vicente is forced to choose whether to speak up or stay silent.
Film (short) by Quinton Lowe (Sci-Fi and Short) SFX Editor A photographer just gone blind explains his theory of an antagonist destroying peoples brains to a dying gym owner he meets in a public park.
Documentary by Steve Hoover (Documentary, Drama, Biography and News) SFX Editor, Foley Artist Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy's center has evolved into a more nebulous institution.
Film (short) by Evan Kaufmann (Short) SFX Editor Canon USA, Inc. introduces their new EOS C300 Mark II Camera with a story about the cross-country journey of a family of con artists.
Aspie Seeks Love
Documentary by Julie Sokolow (Comedy, Documentary, Romance and Biography) SFX Editor Aspie Seeks Love follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David Matthews has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love - fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. He wasn't diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams.
This Is What Democracy Sounds Like: Defending the Public Sector
Documentary by Tom Radford (Documentary) SFX Editor Shot on location in Alberta and Wisconsin, This Is What Democracy Sounds Like examines the co-opting of government by big business and the struggle for the hearts and minds of Albertans. It explores the brave new world of corporatized government and contrasts it with Alberta’s cooperative roots and community values.
Documentary by Brandy Yanchyk (Documentary and Short) SFX Editor Oil Calling follows five new immigrants from Nigeria, Eritrea, Northern Ireland, China, and Kyrgyzstan who have been chosen to participate in a highly competitive training program offered by the resettlement agency, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. For the last ten years the CCIS has been receiving up to four hundred applicants each year but can only select sixteen people to participate in the program. The film will show what happens to them on the course, why they want to work in the oil and gas industry and whether they are successful at getting jobs in the oil patch.
Survival of the Fabulous
Documentary by Bryce Sage (Documentary) SFX Editor Are gay men actually born gay? If so, what causes this and how could homosexuality have survived the evolutionary process? Ever since openly gay filmmaker Bryce Sage came out of the closet, he has struggled to answer these fundamental questions. Bryce sets out on a cross-country and around the world journey to ferret out the answers. Along the way, he confronts his own homosexuality and family history, exploring the nature vs. nurture side of the issue. He’ll bombard his brainwaves with gay and straight erotica to determine just how fundamentally gay his brain really is and he’ll talk to animal biologists about their studies of homosexuality in other species. There is documented evidence of homosexuality in over two hundred.
Tiny Plastic Men (Season 2, Episode 1)
Television by Mosaic Entertainment (Comedy) SFX Editor Gottfried Bros Toy & Train Co. makes everything from video games to board games, from toy cars to action figures. These toys need to be tested, and those tests are carried out by the lowest rung of the company, the Prototype Department. Working in an office that looks more like a decked-out, nerdy frat house, Crad, Addison, and October test toy and game prototypes for quality, danger and defect. But most of their time is actually spent dealing with bizarre office politics, oddball guests, and their own imaginations.
TV Movie by MiMedia Television (Documentary) SFX Editor, Foley Artist Filmed on location in Madagascar in March of 2010, Brian joined a very talented film crew and visited this island’s wild highlights. The final product is an hour-long travel adventure into some of the best of what this unique country has to offer.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
Video Game by Overhaul Games (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Dialog Recordist Polished faithful remake of the classic Black Isle D&D role-playing PC video game Baldur's Gate and its expansion Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast with various minor fixes, changes and improvements.
Documentary by Hans Olson (Documentary) SFX Editor A portrait of auctioneer Dale Menzak and his work as undertaker of the family farm.
Documentary by Brandy Yanchyk (Documentary) Narration Recordist, SFX Editor Nature's Invitation is a documentary about Canada's quest to get new immigrants in touch with nature. It also explores the consequences of of a life devoid of nature.
Film by Rosie Dransfeld (Documentary) SFX Editor, Foley Artist Who Cares follows the stories of Courtney and Shelly, two former Edmontonian prostitutes.
The Perfect Runner
Documentary by Niobe Thompson (Documentary) Narration Recordist, SFX Editor Anthropologist and host Niobe Thompson begins his journey with the “barefoot professor”, the Harvard scientist who sparked the barefoot running boom with his theory that humans are “born to run”. In a visually stunning exploration of the human body and our apelike ancestors, we learn how Homo sapiens survived in a changing African environment – a world teeming with predators. Unique footage of the only “persistence hunt” ever filmed helps unlock the mystery of why humans made a series of paradoxical trade-offs as they evolved, losing strength and natural defenses as they became hairless bipeds on the scorched African plain.
Film (short) by Alexandra Lazarowich (Animation and Short) Dialog Recordist, Dialog Editor, SFX Editor, Re-Recording Mixer Fighting Chance is a 12-minute animated film about 13-year-old Joey Lightning. Following in the dangerous footsteps of his older brother, Joey is surrounded by drugs, violence, and the gang. His life changes after he's busted for breaking and entering and finds himself before a judge. Is this the moment Joey finally gets a fighting chance? This DVD teaches youth that, while you can't change your past, you can break its cycle.
Caution: May Contain Nuts (Season 2 & 3)
Television by Mosaic Entertainment ADR Recordist, SFX Editor CAUTION: May Contain Nuts is a fast paced sketch comedy series with a unique brand of Canadian Aboriginal humour. These assorted Nuts are a veritable United Nations troupe of performers, and no topic is off limits to this over the edge team. From Native Culture and Canadian culture, to Pop Culture and Multi-Culture, the Nuts will tackle anything. Every episode is jam packed with a ton of fast and funny skits featuring well known characters from previous seasons as well as a host of new characters that are sure to become old favourites. Want an 80s hair band music video? How about a revision of history with Ghandi or Shakespeare? With zombies, mobsters, super heroes, villains, anarchists, and of course cowboys and Indians; the Nuts are guaranteed to have you busting a gut in the aisle in three seconds flat! The result - a side-splitting and highly entertaining comedy experience.
Documentary by Niobe Thompson Narration Recordist, SFX Editor For decades, scientists believed that humans were forced to wait until the end of the last Ice Age before they could enter the Americas. Evidence suggests that 11,000 years ago they crossed the Bering Land Bridge by foot, into what is now modern-day Alaska. Those peoples were called the Clovis, and their arrival and hunting practices were blamed for the sudden disappearance of many large mammals, from mastodons and woolly mammoths to giant ground sloths and sabre-toothed tigers. In recent years however, tantalizing – but often frustratingly inconclusive – evidence of an earlier human migration into the Americas has begun to emerge.
Brooks: The City of 100 Hellos
Documentary by Brandy Yanchyk (Documentary) Narration Recordist, SFX Editor Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos" explores how immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers from the local meat packing plant are changing and challenging the western cowboy city of Brooks, Alberta, Canada. It also examines the city's 100 year history as it celebrates its centennial anniversary.
The Faces of Cheremosh: A Forty-Year Reflection
Documentary by Gail Currie (Documentary) Dialogue Editor, SFX Editor A story of the history of Cheremosh is a story of its people; from its founder Chester Kuc & his wife Luba to the Cheremosh Dancers themselves - all volunteers. The Board of Directors, the Costuming Committees, the Producers of tours, the Fundraisers, the Helpers - all volunteers. The Artistic Director only became a full-time, paid position in 1982.
Documentary by Kenda Gee (Documentary, History, Biography and News) Narration Recordist, SFX Editor An epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia; covering four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee. Based on over 12 years of research and two-years in the making. Also offered as a 2-part television mini series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC TV), Prime-time Summer Series (world premiere in Alberta and Saskatchewan).
Film by Andrew Silke (Comedy and Romance) ADR Recordist, Dialog Editor, SFX Editor Love/Hate follows three friends in different stages of their relationships. A budding new romance, a recently dispatched pair, and a struggling long-term relationship.
Documentary by Rosie Dransfeld (Documentary) Narration Recordist
X-Weighted (Season 5, Episode 1)
Television by Anaid Productions (Documentary and Reality-TV) ADR Recordist A reality program that documents the lives of individuals trying to win the war against fat.
Film (short) by Jimmy Bustos, Richard Roy (Drama, War and Short) SFX Editor, Foley Artist By fate two diverse souls meet in the desolate hills of Afghanistan. One is Zaed a 13-year-old Afghan boy, who calls upon Allah for guidance during some harsh times. The other is Frank (35) a Canadian soldier who has morally lost his way. Now at this destined meeting they find their salvation in each other.
Documentary by Shazia Javed (Documentary and Short) Foley Artist Namrata Gill came to Canada from India to be married at age 19 expecting a life full of promise in her new homeland. But circumstances, and opportunity, were to intervene.
Turning Their World Around
Documentary by Michael Saouli (Documentary and Short) SFX Editor
Documentary by Rosie Dransfeld (Documentary) SFX Editor The owner of a pawn shop, David Woolfson, is a banker of last resort. A grouchy old guy with a mushy heart, Jewish immigrant from South Africa, he's been running the store for nearly 16 years. Not that he needs to. It's just that, if he was stuck at home, he would go mad. Then, one day, Chris Hoard, ex-convict and psychopath, shows up and offers his help. For free. An unlikely friendship develops. However, Chris has his own luggage to carry, and it is wearing him down.
Documentary by David McIlvride (Documentary and Sport) SFX Editor Sledhead is a documentary about a remarkable team and even more remarkable men. It's the story about Team Canada's Sledge Hockey Team and their quest to become the World Champion. It's a gripping doc, an up-close look at this tough sport - the players battle their opponents with bone-breaking intensity, on the ice in titanium sleds, striving to score with unrelenting intensity. It's also about men from a wide variety of backgrounds, with amazing stories to tell. For all, it's little wonder they are determined to win at all costs.
Utah Film Award NOMINATION: Best Sound Design (SFX Editing & Mixing on "Aria Appleton")
Canadian Screen Award NOMINATION: Best Sound in a Documentary Program (SFX Editing on "Lost Years")
AMPIA (Rosie) Award NOMINATION: Best Overall Sound Non-fiction (SFX Editing on "The Auctioneer")
AMPIA (Rosie) Award NOMINATION: Best Overall Sound Non-fiction (SFX Editing on "Lost Years")
AMPIA (Rosie) Award NOMINATION: Best Overall Sound Non-fiction (SFX Editing on "Perfect Runner")
AMPIA (Rosie) Award WIN: Best Overall Sound Non-fiction (SFX Editing on "Code Breakers")
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