Nathan AshtonNathan Ashton

The Reliant

Sound Design, Dialog Editing, ADR, and Foley

Economic collapse causes widespread rioting and social unrest, leaving a lovesick girl struggling to care for her siblings in a stretch of woods bordered by lawless anarchy, wondering why a good God would let this happen.

My Perspective


The Reliant attempts to go where few Christian stories are willing to tread; into the uncomfortable question “Why would God…” It touches on violence, death, shame, and betrayal, along with love, faith, and guns. Everyone has experienced the dark side of this fallen world but social constructs restrict our ability to discuss our story. The real value in The Reliant is its ability to prompt discussion between people with different backgrounds by validating their stories and allowing them to share it without shame.


The Reliant takes place out of doors, in a world without modern noises. A large amount of ADR was required to eliminate airplanes, cars, and trains. The actors were consummate professionals and their performances in the studio often added to the honesty of the scenes. Another challenge was to keep gun sounds realistic. Guns aren’t toys and it was very important to the directorial staff that they be treated with respect. No self-cocking guns and no Hollywood Hand Cannons are heard in this movie!

Final mix was handled by the talented Ben Zarai at Juniper Post in Burbank.



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