Storytelling Sound & Music
Show: All, Sound Design, Music, Sonic Ident, PodcastPersonal 
Storytelling Sound & Music
Show: All, Sound Design, Music, Sonic Ident, PodcastPersonal

The Gift Of Hope

Flow Creative
Sound Design, Music, Audio Post, Mix 
Emily's freedoms were taken from her through false promises of hope that transpired into unimaginable pain. Emily is a survivor of human trafficking.

There are over 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. This includes forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude. Of all victims, 1 in 4 are children.

Victims of human trafficking are subject to physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Victims lose their freedoms but also lose their family, time, home, and hope. These feelings are hard to reconcile with, and survivors endure a life-long process of recovery. But the story does not end there: together, WE can help.

At Hope for Justice, we believe in a holistic approach to ending human trafficking, and work to ensure that our support empowers, uplifts, and brings hope back to survivors.

Dealing with such a sensitive topic meant the sound design had to guide the viewer through the intense events and emotions depicted in the animation. A nursery rhyme influenced melody with a nod to Christmas (when the animation launched) introduces the scene; before darker elements creep in. The atmosphere turns dark as the toy protagonist loses trust, facing a barrage of malevolent situations.

Atmospheric sounds converted into shepard tones create an auditory illusion of tones that seem to continually ascend or descend in pitch, yet which ultimately get no higher or lower. This creates the effect that the protagonist is falling into endless darkness.

Sharper, distorted sounds and percussion punctuate the impacts of the demeaning events; whilst a rhythmic drum loop and pulsing synth build and rise in pitch, signifying reaching the end of the void.

The middle-end section changes to show hope and light where sound reflects this. Reversed piano and string sounds convey the damage incurred is beginning to heal as the toy receives support, care and help. Sounds from the intro scene wrap up the ending with a feeling of hope as it is revealed the toy protagonist is a person and they are not alone.

Sound Design, Music & Audio Post by the coast, North Yorkshire ︎ ︎  ︎ ︎ ︎ ︎ ︎