Injustice for All [unauthorized Joker film] — (for mature audiences)
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
In early August, a project, on which I was pleased to contribute sound design, Foley, mixing and additional voices, hit the internet by storm. Injustice for all is a “fan film”, which tells a new and original Joker origin story. The story is an amazing mixture of drama, horror, dark comedy, and somehow… just somehow, a wretched, yet beautiful love story between Harley Quinn and “Mr. J”, the Joker. It also features the characters Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen. See the film’s credits here.
When I was approached by the director, and my longtime buddy, Danny Mooney (director of Love and Honor), I was skeptical. I’ve been approached by several people to do “fan films”. These are usually “passion projects”, which essentially means “no budget”. Ugh, I thought… Well, let me see a rough cut.
As soon as I watched it I told Danny we would work something out. In giving my quote I broke down the post production timeline (dialogue edit, Foley, sound design, mixing, remixing, etc) into a number of days each would take – not something I usually do for a 20 minute short. Then I slapped a pretty low dollar amount to each day to make sure it would fit their budget. I knew this one would take some time to really craft the design, and nuance the mix. Breaking the budget up into days and applying a day rate showed the producers, whom I had not worked with, that I knew what I was doing, and I knew what it took to get this project from raw production audio through a final mix.