Glasgow’s Blazing Griffin Post has expanded into audio and set up its first dubbing theatre to provide both picture and sound services under one roof.

The department will be headed up by the newly appointed award-winning sound designer and dubbing mixer John Cobban. The department includes a 5.1 dubbing theatre running the latest Avid Pro Tools HDX system, sound editorial rooms and a recording booth.

John Cobban, who started in the role last month, joined from Arteus and has 25 years’ experience in drama, factual entertainment, documentaries and feature film – including The Replacement (Left Bank Pictures for BBC), Vinnie Jones: Russia’s Toughest (National Geographic), and Two Doors Down (BBC).

Ross MacRae, Acting Head of Post Production, said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring John Cobban onboard: he’s one of the best sound designers and dubbing mixers in the industry. It’s been a strange start for John amid the COVID-19 lockdown, and safety has to come first, which means he has been working in isolation with virtual contact with our clients. We have robust remote workflows in place but we’re really looking forward to welcoming clients in-house as soon as it is safe to do so. John’s high standards, wealth of experience, and collaborative approach will help us in our goal to provide our clients with first rate sound services, complementing our picture post offering to form a one-stop shop for the best talent and technology in Scotland.”

John Cobban, Dubbing Mixer, Blazing Griffin Post, said: “I am very excited to head up the new audio department at Blazing Griffin Post.I’ve followed their work over the years and I’m impressed with the quality of their output and the whole teams passion and dedication. The facility’s relaxed, creative & friendly atmosphere is a big draw.I’m enjoying working with the team at this exciting time and offering a new range of audio services to our clients.”

Since joining Blazing Griffin, Cobban has been working in isolation on a short film by Scottish Opera called The Narcissistic Fish, the company’s first-ever purely digital opera premiering on 18th June, as well as a soon-to-be-announced music feature documentary.

Further phases of the new audio department build will follow later this year once COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Designs and layouts are being revisited to incorporate physical distancing measures that may be required in the medium-term.

This latest development follows the recent expansion of the posy house’s Offline team with the appointment of editor Berny McGurk, winner of last year’s RTS Scotland Award for Professional Excellence: Editing for his work on imagine… Rupert Everett: Born to be Wilde.

Blazing Griffin Post’s recent credits include full offline and picture post on BBC drama ‘Guilt’, specialist documentaries including; Dispatches (C4), imagine… (BBC) and Murder Case (BBC) and editorial services on Outlander (Starz/Sony TV).

Picture: John Cobban, Dubbing Mixer, inside Blazing Griffin’s new dubbing theatre. 

Jon Creamer