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Arrow ARCHIVE: The synchronisation studio - 06-04-2009, 23:28

Hidden in the woods, in a small valley, stands the abandoned building of a synchronisation studio.
On this idyllic spot people worked for years to put synchronise sound on films, documentaries, the Polygone news and much other events.

The company was established in the buildings of a former convent.
After the convent was closed in the 1930's it also was used by the hitlerjugend.

Just after the war the property gets a new ower.
In contrast to the British/American occupancy area there was no considerable studio in the French occupancy area.
The french were convinced that the cinema could be used for ' re-education' of the German population. The aim was not only converting french films to the german language, but also again building cinema' s, training staff and making and selling goods with had to do with cimema's.

In 1948, the studio was built just beside the former convent.
The heart of the studio was the large prerecording room, which was mainly used for music and speech recordings and shows for public.
Behind a triple glass window the soundman was entirely seperated from every sound or noise from the prerecording room.
Even a gun shot in the room was not audible without electronic equipment.

Other workshops were used for the speech and sound synchronisation and for talking into postsynchronisation.

When building the studio much attention had been given on the quality of both the spaces and equipment.
The whole building was provide with climate control and for the actors there was a very luxuriously room.

Since somewhere in the 1990's the buildings are left abandoned.
Everywhere you look you see films, waiting on what will come.
Projectors standing still for years quiet.
Maps full with telex bulletins and typed out text standing in rows on shelfs.
The Olympic games of 1977? A plane hijack in 1974? The armistice between Pakistan and India of 1971?
Its all there...!

Bart
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