WHY BINAURAL AUDIO?
There are two main reasons, an aesthetic one and a practical one. Aesthetically, it creates an isolating experience for the viewer, depriving them of the world outside of the film, which puts them in the exact same shoes as the main character. It also is so hyper-realistic that it almost invades the audience's world outside of the film, creating a much more unsettling experience. The practical reason for binaural recording is that the world is changing rapidly. More and more people are watching small first-run films in the homes, on their computers, or through mobile devices. A majority of them already use headphones for their film watching, why not make a film tailored to them specifically? Not only that, but why not make a film that works BETTER viewed in those environments? Not everyone has a 7.1 setup.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR HEADPHONES THE ENTIRE TIME?
HOW WILL THIS PLAY IN THEATRES?
If we do end up getting theatrical distribution, which I do not rule out at all, we will make a separate version for that exhibition format, utilizing a more traditional stereo or 5.1 soundscape. But think about this... Remember when it was a foreign concept to have to wear 3D Glasses for an entire feature film? What happened? Somebody go it right and now every big movie requires 3D. Wouldn't it be great to walk into a movie theater and plug into a headphone jack (or wirelessly if the technology keeps getting cheaper)? Never having to worry about people talking through the whole film?! All it takes is a film to do it first!
IS THIS JUST A CHEAP GIMMICK?
I see a gimmick being something tacked onto a film that doesn't belong to make it more interesting than it is. This is a film that is being painstakingly planned from inception for this format. It isn't even just a stylistic choice, as it is ingrained into the meaning, purpose, and experience of the film. Also, it is just f$%king scary!