The goal for the SoundWorks Collection is simple: We are dedicated to profiling the greatest and upcoming sound minds from around the world and highlight their contributions. The SoundWorks Collection was created by director Michael Coleman in November of 2009 in a partnership with Mix magazine, several audio-focused college schools and programs, and the support of the online sound community worldwide.
The SoundWorks Collection takes you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production for feature films, videogame sound design and original soundtrack composition. This exclusive and intimate video series focuses on individuals and teams behind-the-scenes bringing to life some of the world’s most exciting projects.
Adam Duritz and David Immerglück of Counting Crows
Somewhere Under Wonderland is the seventh studio album by American rock band Counting Crows, released on September 2, 2014, through Capitol Records. It’s available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The album is the band’s first release of original material since 2008’s Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.
Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we talk with Composer Lab fellow KT Tunstall, Director Labs fellow Daniel Kwan, Skywalker Sound’s Re-Recording mixer and Sound Designer Kent Sparling, and Peter Golub, Sundance Institute, Director of the Film Music Program, about the two creative organizations’ effort to support independent filmmakers and sound designers.
Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound announced that the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound will take place at Skywalker Ranch in 2013 and 2014 and also announced the artists that will participate in the 2013 Labs. This is the first time the two organizations will collaborate to support independent filmmakers and film composers and marks a significant expansion of the Institute’s existing Composers Labs to include sound design.
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Sound for Film Profile
Director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Spielberg return this summer for the fourth film in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The amazing visual effects in this film are complemented by the talented efforts of the sound team including Re-Recording Mixer Greg Russell, Re-Recording Mixer Jeff Haboush, Re-Recording Mixer Scott Millan and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl, and Sound Designer John Marquis.
Transformers: Age of Extinction begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Skywalker Sound Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designer Randy Thom and Director Dean DeBlois about Dreamworks Animation’s thrilling action-adventure film How to Train Your Dragon 2.
The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois’ adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide voices for this DreamWorks Animation production.
Auro-3D Immersive Sound
Since the construction of their first sound studio in 1980, Wilfried and Guy Van Baelen have built an unsurpassed organization representing the highest achievement in audio excellence. With incremental expansions over the last 15 years, Galaxy Studios consistently leads sound recording and production technology throughout Europe. By continually pushing the boundaries of audio, Galaxy is now set to become the industry’s most advanced research center for acoustical recording.
Wilfried developed the Auro-3D concept back in 2005, his idea crystalizing soon thereafter with the help of a team of highly specialized engineers. It was in 2006 that Wilfried first presented his concept along with the Auro-3D listening formats to the Audio Engineering Society conventions in both Paris and San Francisco. His innovative audio playback system was to include the technical solutions necessary to bring Auro-3D to the market while staying within the existing standards. After more than five years of development, Auro-3D and its groundbreaking Auro-Codec are ready to change the way we experience sound.
The Van Baelen brothers together with their partner Alfred Schefenacker founded Auro Technologies in 2010, intent on establishing the next generation audio standard and becoming the leader in state-of-the-art sound.
‘Maleficent’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Tim Nielsen of Skywalker Sound about his work on Director Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie as the title character, as well as Kenneth Cranham, Jackson Bews, Sharlto Copley, and Elle Fanning as Sleeping Beauty.
‘Transcendence’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with the sound team behind Director Wally Pfister’s debut film, Transcendence. Featured interviews include Director Wally Pfister, Supervising Sound Editor Mark Mangini, Re-recording Mixer Terry Porter, Re-recording Mixer Jeremy Peirson, Dialog and ADR Supervisor Byron Wilson, and Music Editor Erich Stratmann.
‘Need for Speed’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with the sound team behind Director Scott Waugh’s film Need for Speed, which is based on the most successful racing videogame franchise. Featured interviews include Supervising Sound Editor Tobias Poppe, Re-Recording Mixer Greg Russell, Re-recording Mixer Scott Millan, and Composer Nathan Furst.
A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver strives to take the top prize in America’s most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular videogame franchise of the same name, Need for Speed tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul). Desperate to keep his family-owned business afloat, Marshall forms an uncomfortable partnership with wealthy ex-NASCAR star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper).
‘Lone Survivor’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with the Oscar nominated sound team behind Director Peter Berg’s film Lone Survivor, which is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.
Featured interviews include Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman, Re-Recording Mixer Andy Koyama, Re-Recording Mixer Beau Borders, Sound Designer Harry Cohen, Sound Editor Dror Mohar, Supervising Dialog and ADR Editor Renee Tondelli, and Sound Editor Brandon Spencer.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we visit Park Road Post Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, to talk with the sound team of Director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Featured interviews include Re-Recording Mixer Michael Hedges, Re-Recording Mixer Chris Boyes, Re-Recording Mixer Michael Semanick, Re-Recording Mixer Gary Summers, Composer Howard Shore, and Producer & Co-Screenplay Writer Philippa Boyens.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Composer Fil Eisler
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Composer Fil Eisler about his work on ABC’s TV show Revenge and his unique career path to becoming a Hollywood music composer.
iZLER faithfully composes music that embodies both story and character. It’s become his signature, and can be heard on Revenge, ABC’s hit drama series starring Madeleine Stowe, Emily Van Camp and Gabriel Mann, as well as Showtime’s Emmy-winning Shameless, starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin. iZLER was awarded with a 2013 BMI Award for his work on these two shows. Revenge returned for a third season on September 29, 2013, and the fourth season of Shameless will begin in 2014.
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Sound for Film Profile
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Featured interviews include Executive Music Producer T Bone Burnett, Production Mixer Peter Kurland, and Re-Recording Mixer Greg Orloff.
Llewyn Davis (portrayed by Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club, on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul, and back again.
Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis—in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is associate music producer.
‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, we talk with director Francis Lawrence and Jeremy Peirson (Re-Recording Mixer, Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor) about the sound team’s work to create the second film in the blockbuster franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ hit novels.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell)—a competition that could change Panem forever.
ADR Mixer Doc Kane of Walt Disney Studios
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, we talk with veteran ADR mixer Doc Kane at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., to explore his extensive project credits and unique approach to capturing some of Hollywood’s most talented voices.
His name is Doc Kane but most just call him Doc. With more than 300 projects under his belt and a slew of awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations, Doc has one of the longest and most impressive resumes in the sound business. Re-Recording for more than 35 years, Doc has worked with hundreds of talented actors, including Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Robin Williams, to name a few. He is also the trusted ADR mixer for dozens of legendary filmmakers, such as Tim Burton, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Taylor Hackford. Never one to toot his own horn, Doc is known as one of the best in the industry, his name alone drumming up praise and admiration from his colleagues and clients alike.
‘All Is Lost’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we explore director J.C. Chandor’s new film, All Is Lost. This film features only one character and contains almost no dialog, yet is brought to life by the talented sound and music team, including Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designers Steve Boeddeker and Brandon Proctor and Supervising Sound Editor Richard Hymns of Skywalker Sound and Music Composer Alex Ebert.
‘Gravity’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Director Alfonso Cuarón and Re-Recording Mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work to create a dramatic sound scape to a dark and vast outer space environment. Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana) star in Gravity, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men).
‘Metallica: Through the Never’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with the sound team behind Metallica: Through the Never including Re-recording Mixer Jeff Haboush, Re-recording Mixer Rick Kline, Sound Designer Mark Mangini, Music Producer Greg Fidelman, and Supervising Music Mixer Joseph Magee.
As Metallica performs a roaring live set for fans in a sold-out arena, a young roadie named Trip is sent on a mission to meet a disabled truck and retrieve a particular item. However, the routine task turns into a surreal odyssey when Trip’s van is hit by another vehicle and he subsequently finds himself up against a death-dealing horseman. As Trip flees through desolate streets, he has only his wits to help him avoid the deadly horseman and deliver Metallica’s cargo.
Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we talk with Skywalker Sound’s Director of Sound Design, Randy Thom and Sundance Institute, Director of the Film Music Program, Peter Golub about the two creative organizations effort to support independent filmmakers and sound designers. Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound announced that the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound will take place at Skywalker Ranch in 2013 and 2014, and also announced the artists who will participate in the 2013 Labs. This is the first time the two organizations will collaborate to support independent filmmakers and film composers and marks a significant expansion of the Institute’s existing Composers Labs to include sound design.
‘Monsters University’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Sound Designer Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound about his work on Pixar Animation’s latest film, Monsters University.
Take a trip back in time to when star Monsters Inc. employees Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (voice of John Goodman) were just two promising young students at Monsters University in this frightfully fun Disney/Pixar prequel. Long before they were lurking in closets for a living, Mike and Sulley were just two Scaring majors at Monsters University, dreaming of the day they would make children shriek in terror. When their heated competition to be the most fearsome in their class gets out of hand, however, Mike and Sulley find themselves ejected from the prestigious Scare Program, and they are forced to seek the aid of their oddball friends in order to get their education back on track. Dan Scanlon (Tracy) takes the directorial reigns for this prequel featuring additional vocal contributions by Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, and Julia Sweeney.
‘Man of Steel’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with the sound team for Director Zack Snyder’s new film, Man of Steel, including re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins, re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño, supervising sound editor and designer Eric Norris, supervising sound editor and designer Scott Hecker, and dialog supervisor Kira Roessler.Superman flies back onto the big screen in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen), produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), and featuring a screenplay by David Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight). As the planet of Krypton crumbles, General Zod (Michael Shannon) stages a coup as concerned leader Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife send their infant son Kal-El to a distant world called Earth.
The Sound and Music of ‘The Last of Us’
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, we talk with the sound and music team behind the critically acclaimed Naughty Dog Studios game, The Last of Us. We talk with Game Director Bruce Straley, Creative Director Neil Druckmann, Senior Sound Designer Derrick Espino, Audio Lead Phillip Kovats, Senior Audio Programmer Jonathan Lanier, and Music Manager, Jonathan Mayer.
Abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. A population decimated by a modern plague. Survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Music for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with the Music Conductor and Orchestrator Tim Simonec on the 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring stage for Director J.J. Abram’s new film, Star Trek Into Darkness. For years, Simonec has been one of the busiest orchestrators in Hollywood. He has orchestrated and conducted more than 70 feature films and 25 television series. He has also composed the music for the feature film A Rumor of Angels and Anne Frank: The Whole Story, which won an Emmy for best miniseries.
‘Pain and Gain’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with the sound team of Director Michael Bay’s new film Pain and Gain featuring Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn. Pain and Gain is a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie based on the unbelievable but true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
‘Oblivion’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, we talk with visionary Director Joe Kosinski about the sound and music of his new film, Oblivion. Also featured are Kosinski’s behind-the-scenes collaborators, including Composer Joseph Trapanese, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez, Re-recording Mixer Gary Rizzo, and Re-recording Mixer Juan Peralta.
’42’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Academy Award winning Director Brian Helgeland about the sound and music of his new film 42. Also featured are Helgeland’s behind-the-scenes collaborators include Composer Mark Isham, Re-Recording Mixer Jeff Haboush, Re-Recording Mixer Chris Carpenter, and Supervising Sound Editor Jon Johnson.
Composer Trevor Morris
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Composer Trevor Morris in his Santa Monica studio to explore a few of his recent projects and his unique approach to scoring his TV and film projects. An Emmy Award–winning composer, Morris received his fourth Emmy nomination in 2012 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for Showtime’s The Borgias, making him the recipient of the most Emmy nominations in the last two years. Morris is a prolific composer, scoring for both film and television. Most recently, he scored the music for director Antoine Fuqua’s highly anticipated thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart.
Epic Trailer Music Composer Yoav Goren (Immediate Music)
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Composer Yoav Goren in his Santa Monica studio to explore the exciting and creative process of epic trailer music composing and producing. Goren is an Emmy Award-winning composer and president of Immediate Music, a successful trailer music library that has licensed its works to more than 5,000 film and television advertising campaigns. In 2013, Goren celebrates 20 years at the helm of Immediate Music. He works daily at the company’s studio facilities in Santa Monica, California, with regular forays to concert halls and studios worldwide to produce Immediate Music’s trademark orchestral recording projects.
CAS Awards 2013: Filmmaker Award—Jonathan Demme
Among other highlights, Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award. “This is a very special honor for me on many fronts,” said Demme. “[2013 CAS Career Achievement Award winner] Chris Newman is one of the true geniuses that I have been blessed to collaborate with over the years. And for me to receive an award from the sound community, after a career of sound-obsessive film making, is just fantastic, a huge honor. I am so grateful and humbled by this.”
Presenting his award was Les Miserablés Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, who starred in Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. “If you know Jonathan’s outstanding work as a director then you know that he is a genius at making movies,” said Hathaway. “And if you know Jonathan then you know he is a genius at living beautifully.” Presenting with Hathaway was two-time Oscar winner Willie D. Burton, CAS (Dreamgirls, Bird) who served as production sound mixer on Demme’s Beloved.
2013 MPSE Filmmaker Recipient Ang Lee
Ang Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s great contemporary filmmakers. Along with Life of Pi, his films include Taking Woodstock; Lust, Caution; Hulk;Ride with the Devil; The Ice Storm and Sense and Sensibility. His film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director in 2001. He won the Oscar for Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain.
Lee was born in Pingtung, Taiwan, and studied filmmaking at the National Taiwan College of Arts, the University of Illinois and New York University. He made his directorial debut in 1992 with Pushing Hands. His second film, The Wedding Banquet, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Lee has won two DGA, two Golden Globe and three BAFTA awards for direction, among many other international awards and honors for filmmaking excellence.
Mixing ‘Life of Pi’ in Dolby Atmos
The SoundWorks Collection recently covered a special panel discussion presented by Dolby with the sound behind Director Ang Lee’s newest film, Life of Pi. Panelists include Doug Hemphill (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Ron Bartlett (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Ted Gagliano (President of Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox), Erin Rettig (Dolby Atmos Mix Tech), Andy Potvin (Senior Staff Engineer, Dolby Laboratories). The panel was moderated by Stuart Bowling, Dolby Laboratories.
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Oscar winning Sound Re-recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor Paul Ottosson about his work on Director Kathryn Bigelow’s film, Zero Dark Thirty.
‘The Hobbit’ Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we visit Park Road Post Studios in Wellington, New Zealand, to talk with the sound team of Director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Featured interviews include Re-recording Mixer Michael Hedges, Re-recording Mixer Chris Boyes, Re-recording Mixer Michael Semanick, Co-Supervising Sound Editor Brent Burge, Co-Supervising Sound Editor Chris Ward, and Dolby Atmos Re-recording Mixer Gilbert Lake.
Composer Michael Giacchino
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Composer Michael Giacchino about his start in the music and film business. A few of his projects include Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, John Carter, and Cars 2.
‘Life of Pi’ Sound for Film Profile
Yann Martel’s ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Lee. The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Suraj Sharma heads up the cast as the young boy, with Gérard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, and Bollywood actress Tabu also starring.
The SoundWorks Collection talks with the sound and picture team behind Life of Pi. Interviews include Phil Stockton (Supervising Sound Editor), Tim Squyres (Picture Editor), Doug Hemphill (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Ron Bartlett (Sound Re-recording Mixer), and Erich Stratmann (Music Editor).
‘Lincoln’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Skywalker Sound’s Sound Designer Ben Burtt about his work on Steven Speilberg’s latest film, Lincoln. Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
‘Skyfall’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection dives into the latest installment in the long-running saga based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond character. Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty and Jarhead) brings the audience an entirely new storyline to the Bond character in Skyfall.
In exploring the sound and music of the film, we talk with Scott Millan (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Greg Russell (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Karen Baker Landers (Supervising Sound Editor), and Per Hallberg (Supervising Sound Editor).
‘Flight’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Director Robert Zemeckis about his new film Flight and working with his sound team including Randy Thom (Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer), and Dennis Leonard (Supervising Sound Editor & Sound Designer).
Captain Whittaker (Denzel Washington), a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every one of the 102 passengers on board. After the crash, he’s hailed as a hero, but as the investigation grows and the blood test he gave the night of the accident shows he had alcohol in his system, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was at fault and what really happened on that plane?
‘Wreck-it Ralph’ Sound for FIlm Profile
An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain who can only be contained with the help of a most unlikely ally in this colorful animated adventure. Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) is the arch nemesis of Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), one of the most beloved video-game icons of all time. In a noble bid to prove he is more than the sum of his programming, Ralph sneaks from his cozy retro home into a highly advanced combat game featuring battle-hardened soldier Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch), and strives to prove his bravery by winning a medal. In the process, however, Ralph accidentally frees the greatest threat the video-game world has ever seen. But all hope is not lost, because if Ralph can just convince unpredictable cart racer Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) to help set things right, perhaps he can finally unleash his inner hero and save the arcade from certain destruction.
The SoundWorks Collection talks with the sound and music team of Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph including David Fluhr (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Gary Rizzo, (Sound Re-Recording Mixer), Frank Eulner (Supervising Sound Editor), and Composer Henry Jackman.
‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Sound for Film Profile
The Rolling Stones’ career and adventures are chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film, Crossfire Hurricane. Directed by Brett Morgen, the documentary features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive footage complete the documentary, which takes its title from the opening lines of “Jumping Jack Flash”.
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Crossfire Hurricane‘s sound team including Cameron Frankley (Sound Supervisor, Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer) Steve Pederson (Re-Recording Mixer), Jay Jennings (Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designer), and Jon Michaels (Sound and Music Editor).
‘Argo’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Sound Supervisor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl to discuss the sound of Director Ben Affleck’s Argo, which is based on the Canadian Caper that took place during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and 1980. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay based on the 2007 Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” by Joshuah Bearman. Producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and David Klawans set up a project based on the article in the same year, and Affleck’s attachment to the project was announced in February 2011.
In 1979, during the Iranian Revolution, Islamic militants take over the U.S. embassy in Tehran and hold 52 Americans hostage. Six other Americans escape and hide in the Canadian ambassador’s home. The Central Intelligence Agency and its specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) put together a plan to help the six Americans escape Iran. With the cover of the six Americans being location finders for a movie called Argo, Mendez must get the hostages to play the part of the Canadian movie makers, so they can escape Tehran.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Sound for Film Profile
Visionary director Christopher Nolan returns for the final chapter of the Batman saga. In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we profile the sound and music team including composer Hans Zimmer and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King.
‘La Source’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection is pleased to feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature about the sound and music of La Source. Narrated by Oscar nominated actor Don Cheadle, Directed and Produced by Patrick Shen, Co-Producer and Co-Cinematographer Brandon Vedder, Composer Matteo Messina (Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air), and Re-recording Mixer and Sound Design by Steve Bessinger.
In La Source (pronounced lah-soos), Haiti water does not come easily. Each day, villagers of this small, rural community must choose between enduring a long, treacherous walk to retrieve clean water or drink contaminated water from a nearby river. For more than 30 years, the villagers have attempted to address this problem by constructing a means of channeling the water from a natural spring in the mountains, but with limited funding and an unsupportive government their attempts to provide clean water were to no avail.
Our journey to La Source takes us on an adventure as the Lajeunesse Brothers work together to rally the support of a group of Princeton students, a Los Angeles-based charity called Generosity Water, and the people of La Source to fulfill their dream of improving the conditions of their impoverished village.
‘Brave’ Sound for Film Profile
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film’s voice cast features Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger.
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Director Mark Andrews, Re-recording Mixer and Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom, Supervising Sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and Sound Designer E.J. Holowicki.
‘Prometheus’ Sound for Film Profile
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
The SoundWorks Collection talks with the sound team of Director Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction film, Prometheus, including Supervising Sound Editors Mark Stoeckinger and Victor Ennis, Sound Re-Recording Mixers Ron Bartlett and Doug Hemphill, Sound Designers Ann Scibelli and Alan Rankin, and Sound Effects Researcher Charlie Campagna.
‘The Avengers’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection talks with Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Re-Recording Mixer Christopher Boyes about his work on The Avengers.
Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Taking center stage this time is Nick Fury (played once again by the note-perfect Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury, along with former Russian spy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), recruits a super team to combat Thor’s ever-deceptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who can track down the artifact’s gamma signals when he’s not hulking out into a giant green monster. Show runner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) adapted and helmed the script by Zak Penn.
SoundWorks Collection: Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, Calif.) Studio Profile
The SoundWorks Collection is pleased to present a studio profile on Fantasy Studios, a world-renowned recording facility located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an integral part of the Zaentz Media Center, Fantasy provides exceptional services for the music, film, video, and game communities. In September 2000, Fantasy was voted the Number One Recording Studio by Billboard magazine and continues to be one of the most requested recording studios on the West Coast with an extensive selection of microphones, outboard gear, instruments, and natural echo chambers. The facility is comprised of three legendary recording and mixing rooms, acoustically tuned for quality sound. All three are fully-equipped with Pro Tools|HD3 systems and two have concert-quality Yamaha Grand Pianos.
Video produced by Corduroy Media.
SoundWorks Collection: The Making of Dolby Atmos
On Monday April 24 at CinemaCon 2012, Dolby Laboratories Inc. announced Dolby® Atmos, a new audio platform that will change the experience of sound in entertainment. Launching in the cinema, Dolby Atmos delivers a more natural and realistic sound-field, which transports people into the story with a lifelike, sensory experience.
For the first time, Dolby Atmos introduces a hybrid approach to mixing and directs sound as dynamic objects that envelop the listener, in combination with channels for playback. Dolby Atmos enables adaptive rendering to ensure that the playback experience is as close as possible to the creator’s original vision in any given environment, irrespective of the specific speaker configuration in the playback environment.
Dolby Atmos is an end-to-end solution that takes into account the entire content pipeline and brings together mixers, studios, and distributors to create dramatic improvements in the audio experience. The Dolby Atmos platform provides content creators with a new creative freedom to tell their stories. It simplifies movie distribution with a single universal package to deliver to audiences the full impact of the artist’s intent, regardless of theater configuration.
‘The Hunger Games’ Sound for Film Profile
Author Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel The Hunger Games, the first in a trilogy that has sold more than 16 million copies in print in the U.S. alone, has developed a massive global following. Movie Director Gary Ross and his sound team including Supervising Sound Editor Lon Bender, Re-recording Mixer Michael Keller, and Re-recording Mixer Mike Prestwood Smith discuss their approach to creating the lush soundscapes for this highly anticipated film adaptation.
‘John Carter’ Sound for Film Profile
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter, a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
Supervising Sound Editor Jonathan Null and Composer Michael Giacchino share with the SoundWorks Collection their extensive work bringing to life the planet of Barsoom.
CAS Awards 2012: CAS Career Achievement Award – Scott Millan
Held in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s famed Crystal Ballroom, the 2012 CAS Awards program celebrated the professional contributions of Scott Millan, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award. A four-time Academy Award winner, Millan has won three CAS Awards, and been nominated eight times. “This is a great honor, and I am very proud to be recognized in the company of so many distinguished and talented past recipients,” Millan says. On hand to present his award were previous CAS Career Achievement Award recipient (and two-time Academy Award winner) Walter Murch, CAS, and 10-time Academy Award nominated, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer Thomas Newman. Millan and Newman most recently collaborated on the 23rd James Bond feature Skyfall.
CAS Awards 2012: CAS Filmmaker Award—Rob Marshall
As part of the 2012 CAS Awards program, Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall (Chicago) was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a non-CAS member. “I am thrilled and honored to be receiving the Filmmaker Award from the CAS,” Marshall said when he learned of the honor. “I have been incredibly lucky in my career to have worked with some of the finest artists in the field of sound. They have taught me so much about the creative process and the integral nature of collaboration, which I value so highly.” Some of Marshall’s most notable colleagues presented his award: Academy Award-winner Penelope Cruz; CAS Award and three-time Academy Award winner Michael Minkler, CAS; Academy Award winner Lee Orloff, CAS; and CAS Award and six-time Academy Award nominee Paul Massey, CAS.
CAS Awards 2012: ‘Hugo’ Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture
It was a fairytale evening for Hugo and the Sound Mixing team of Production Mixer John Midgley, Re-Recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS and Scoring Mixer Simon Rhodes at the 48th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards. The family adventure won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture, the evening’s top honor. This is Midgley’s first CAS Award. He was previously nominated for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It is the second CAS Award for Fleischman in this category having previously won for The Aviator. Earlier in the evening, he also won a second consecutive CAS Award for Boardwalk Empire. This is Rhodes’ first CAS Award, as this is the first year Scoring Mixers have been included in the Awards.
‘Hugo’ Sound for Film Profile
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father’s death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station. In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video profile, producer Michael Coleman sits down with Hugo‘s Oscar nominated sound team, including co-supervising sound editor Philip Stockton, co-supervising sound editor Eugene Gearty, and re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman.
‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sound for Film Profile
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 English-language drama/thriller film. It is the second film to be adapted from the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The first was a 2009 Swedish-language/English-dubbed film. The 2011 film was written by Steven Zaillian and directed by David Fincher. Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander. In essence, the film follows a man’s mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 36 years and may have been murdered. We talk with composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, sound re-recording mixer Michael Semanick and re-recording mixer/sound designer and supervising sound editor Ren Klyce.
‘War Horse’ Sound for Film Profile
From director Steven Spielberg comes War Horse, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
In the exclusive SoundWorks Collection video, we talk with sound designer and re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom and composer John Williams.
‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” Sound for Film Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video, we talk with director Brad Bird, composer Michael Giacchino, supervising ADR editor Gwen Whittle Yates and supervising sound editor Richard Hymns.
‘The Muppets’ Sound for Film Profile
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways. In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive, we talk with director James Bobin, film editor James Thomas, supervising sound editors Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack, and sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell.
Composer Brian Tyler Sound for Film Profile
Brian Tyler is a composer of more than 50 films and was recently nominated for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association. He composed and conducted the scores for Eagle Eye for producer Steven Spielberg, the box office hit Fast and Furious, The Expendables, Rambo, Law Abiding Citizen, Constantine, Battle Los Angeles, Fast Five and many more.
‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ Sound for Film Profile
Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain the band. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely seen and never-before-seen footage spanning the band’s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.
In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive video, we talk with Eric Fischer of Autumn Audio, who had the task of handling 16 5.1 mixes and additional post-production work required to clean up and prepare various archived audio recordings.
‘DRIVE’ Sound for Film Profile
Supervising sound editor Lon Bender shares his thoughts on the creative process behind the acclaimed sound design for DRIVE. The project was also mixed at Sound One by re-recording mixers Roberto Fernandez and Dave Paterson.
‘Real Steel’ Sound for Film Profile
Real Steel plays out this fantasy as robots have replaced humans in boxing in this Shawn Levy film. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) loses a chance to become a boxing champion when robots take over, and he becomes a small-time promoter. When he has difficulty making a living, Kenton reluctantly teams up with his son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to build a robot that can contend for the championship. The stunning visual effects behind the robots can only be brought to live by believable sound. The team responsible for this difficult task include Craig Henighan (sound designer, sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor), Skip Longfellow (first assistant sound editor), Warren Hendriks (sound designer), Rob Nokes (sound effects field recordist) and Dan O’Connell (Foley artist).
‘Angry Birds’ Sound for Videogame Profile
Finland-based composer and sound designer Ari Pulkkinen seems to be one of the most listened-to composers in the world right now, with more than 250 million people who have heard his original Angry Birds theme. Pulkkine’s catchy theme was also recently performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a music festival in the city. Angry Birds has been praised for its successful combination of addictive gameplay, comical style and low price. Its popularity led to versions of Angry Birds being created for personal computers and gaming consoles, a market for merchandise featuring its characters and even long-term plans for a feature film or television series. Angry Birds has had a combined 350 million downloads across all platforms, and including both regular and special editions.
Pulkkinen has also worked on other popular games such as Trine (PS3/PC), Dead Nation (PS3) and Outland (PS3/360). The games have received rave reviews and praise for their soundtracks and sound design.
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Sound for Film Profile
Director Rupert Wyatt takes the audience on the science-fiction summer hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Leading the sound team is supervising sound editor and sound designer Chuck Michael and co-supervisor John Larsen, with the talents of first assistant sound editor Smokey Cloud and sound re-recording mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett.
‘The Sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ Sound for Film Profile
After eight films over a 10-year span, the epic adventure of Harry Potter and his circle of wizard friends will close the last chapter of this celebrated series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Director David Yates returns to direct his fourth Harry Potter film with his talented sound team including re-recording mixers Stuart Hilliker and Mike Dawson, supervising music editor Gerard McCann, supervising sound editor James Mather and sound designer Dom Gibbs. Expecto Patronum!
Dolby Presents Surrounded: 7.1 Cinema & Beyond
Dolby gathered a group of cinema industry leaders and innovators from around the world for an exclusive Filmmakers’ Forum held on Monday, July 11, 2011, in San Francisco. Their focus was be on how 7.1 surround sound delivers a richer, more immersing moviegoing experience to audiences.
Discussion Topic: The Impact of 7.1 Surround Sound on 2-D and 3-D Movies
The content creation community is embracing this new audio format, and more than 25 feature films have been announced or already mixed in 7.1—and a majority of them are in 3-D. Discover how 7.1 brings a more exciting sensory experience to 2-D and gives content creators even more control over audio placement for 3-D movies. Also learn from experts in the cinema industry how they envision the future of surround sound.
Stuart Bowling, Dolby Laboratories, worldwide technical marketing manager, Cinema
Kinson Tsang, supervising sound designer, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen and The Lost Bladesman
Rohan Sippy, director, Dum Maaro Dum
Erik Aadahl, supervising sound editor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind
Michael Semanick, re-recording mixer, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3
Eric Brevig, director, Yogi Bear and Journey to the Center of the Earth
‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Sound for Film Profile
Director Michael Bay and producer Steven Speilberg return this summer for the third film in the Transformers franchise, Tranformers: Dark of the Moon. The amazing visual effects in this film are complimented by the talented efforts of the sound team, including re-recording mixers Greg Russell and Jeff Haboush, and supervising sound editor and sound designers Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl. This is the first 3-D film of the series and will also be presented in regular 20D, Real D 30D and IMAX, featuring Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
‘Cars 2’ Sound for Film Profile
Marie Ebbing and Jonathon Stevens Sound for Film Profile
Marie Ebbing and Jonathon Stevens offer advanced noise-removal services for music and film post-production using a suite of tools by the software developer Algorithmix. These noise-removal tools are divided into two categories: broadband (including surface noise, hiss and hum) and transient, including camera hydraulics, coughs, page turns and other instantaneous noises.
Their use of these tools extends into the non-standard. They can remove unwanted dialog and music from stereo or multichannel master recordings. Rebalancing or complete removal of instruments in a master recording is also possible, and on occasion pitch correction to a specific instrument in a mix. All of this is done with the utmost respect to the sound quality of the original master.
Projects that have benefited from their noise-removal services include Tron: Legacy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Capitalism, Public Enemies, San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score Series, The Lord of the Rings: Complete Music boxed sets.
‘The Lost Thing’ Sound for Film Profile
The story of The Lost Thing is about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day-to-day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathizes with the creature and sets out to find a place for it. Supervising aound editor/sound designer John Kassab discusses his extensive work on this animated masterpiece. Directors Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann were also winners for Best Animated Short Film for The Lost Thing at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.
Composer Zack Hemsey Sound for Film Profile
To describe the work and success of 27-year-old composer and music producer Zack Hemsey is to describe the current state of music. Inventive. Dedicated. Original. He represents the up-and-coming talent who are working “in the box” using software like Apple Logic. Also as an independent artist, Hemsey has been releasing his own studio albums online, which combine elements of film score, hip-hop and world instrumentation. Last year, Hemsey composed the original track “Mind Heist” for the trailer of Oscar-winning film Inception. He has continued to create memorable musical themes for such as trailers Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Ben Affleck’s The Town and David Schwimmer’s Trust.
John Storyk Sound for Film Profile
Architect and acoustician John Storyk has designed and provided construction supervision services for the professional audio and video recording community since the 1969 completion of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City. In this exclusive video profile, Storyk discusses the new challenges and changes that he is faced with today while designing recording studios and multipurpose spaces.
2011 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Sound for Film Profile
Each year, the MPSE presents the MPSE Golden Reel Awards in which they acknowledge the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing: dialog & ADR, effects & Foley, and ,sic.
2011 MPSE Career Achievement Award Recipient: Walter Murch
2011 CAS Awards Sound for Film Profile
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel was the site for the 47th Annual CAS Awards dinner as the organization bestowed the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture to True Grit and the sound mixing team of production mixer Peter F. Kurland; and CAS and re-recording mixers Skip Lievsay, CAS, Craig Berkey, CAS and Greg Orloff, CAS.
‘The King’s Speech’ Sound for Film Profile
You might not know production sound mixer John Midgley, but you’ve definitely heard his incredible collection of work including the first three Harry Potter films, Children of Men and Hotel Rwanda. Midgley was recently honored with his second Academy Award nomination for his work on The King’s Speech and was previously nominated for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. In this 30-minute conversation, the SoundWorks Collection explores what it was like to capture these critically acclaimed performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Find out how specific scenes in the film were recorded, the challenges that came with the film’s short schedule and what it takes to be a production sound mixer.
‘True Grit’ Sound for Film Profile
True Grit is not your typical Western movie. It is a tale about some nasty, brutish times that has been adapted by directors Joel and Ethan Coen from the parodic Western novel by Charles Portis. The sounds of the Wild West include tough-talking characters, vicious animals and harsh environments that play a large role in the telling of this story. Helping craft these duties include longtime collaborators sound re-recording mixer and supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay, sound re-recording mixer Greg Orloff and dialog/ADR editor Byron Wilson. The 60-minute discussion was moderated by Bruce Carse.
Walt Disney Imagineering Sound for Film Profile
The vision and showmanship of Walt Disney has touched more corners of the world and hearts through his many films and theme parks. Since opening his first park “Disneyland” on July 18, 1955, Walt and his team of dream-makers known as “Imagineers” have created many theme parks around the world. The SoundWorks Collection pulls back the curtain on the talented Imagineers who are responsible for the sounds and music of the Walt Disney theme-park properties. In our exclusive video profile, we explore the history and role of the audio team as they share their stories and creative challenges. We also visit the original John James “Jimmy” MacDonald sound effects collection, which explores some of the classic Disney sound effects.
‘Tron Legacy’ Sound for Film Profile
Explore the sound and music of Tron Legacy, the long-awaited sequel continuing the adventures through the world inside your computer. The sound team behind the film take you behind-the-scenes of the science-fiction epic, presenting special excerpts from the movie. Watch how the sound team approached various elements of the mix and edit while they tell you the stories behind them. Guiding you through their digital realms are supervising sound editor Gwen Whittle, sound designer Steve Boeddeker, music supervisor Jason Bentley, re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo and film editor James Haygood, ACE. Filmed on January 12, 2011, at the Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, Calif.
‘The Fighter’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection recently captured an intimate discussion with the sound team of director David O. Russell’s The Fighter. In this 50-minute discussion, we are led through the creative process by supervising sound editor/designer Odin Benitez, M.P.S.E., re-recording mixers Myron Nettinga and John Ross, C.A.S. The discussion was moderated by Bruce Carse.
OK Go! Video Sound for Film Profile
The Los Angeles quartet known as OK Go! has gone from being a rare young light on a major label to arguably the world’s most bleeding-edge independent outfit. The viral music video for the recorded version of “This Too Shall Pass” off of the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky was recently remixed in Dolby 5.1 Surround as part of an upcoming CES announcement from Dolby. SoundWorks Collection talks with bandmembers Tim Nordwind and Damian Kulash about their recent collaboration with John Loose, senior manager, Production of Dolby, and album producer Dave Fridmann.
‘127 Hours’ Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collection talked with composer A.R. Rahman about his second collaboration with director Danny Boyle on 127 Hours following their Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
‘Black Swan’ Sound for Film Profile
Darren Aronofsky’s (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) Black Swan is a ballet thriller that follows Nina (Natalie Portman) as she is given the lead role in Swan Lake.
As Nina sinks deeper and deeper into her role as the Black Swan, her life starts to spin out of control.
Aronofsky’s longtime sound collaborator, Craig Henighan, (sound designer, supervising sound editor, sound re-recording mixer), discusses the detailed approach for crafting the sound for this cinematic thriller.
‘Tron Legacy’ Sound for Film Profile
Explore the world of TRON: LEGACY, a high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever seen or heard. In this exclusive sound for film profile, we talk with sound re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo, supervising sound editor Gwen Yates Whittle and sound designer Steve Boeddeker.
‘Social Network’ Discussion
In this 45-minute panel discussion, moderated by Bruce Carse, music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are joined by sound re-recording mixer/supervising sound editor Ren Klyce to discuss their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network.
Filmed on Sunday, November 7, 2010
DGA Theater, Los Angeles
‘Unstoppable’ Sound for Film Profile
Unstoppable is an action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film tells the story of a runaway train and the two men (Washington and Pine) who attempt to stop it. Unstoppable is inspired by the“Crazy Eights” unmanned train incident in 2001. In this exclusive sound-for-film profile, we talk with sound re-recording mixer Beau Borders, supervising sound editor Mark Stoeckinger, and sound designers Alan Rankin, Ann Scibell and Ken J. Johnson.
‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Sound for Film Profile
The Sound Show gives the general public a chance to go behind the scenes of the creation of a major motion picture and hear the details of the sophisticated sound work crafted by key members the movie’s team of audio artisans. Excerpts from the movie are presented with special “pre-dub” mixes to illustrate the variety of elements used to create a sonic environment of moods and thrills.
Guiding us through their processes is award-winning supervising sound editor/sound designer/re-recording mixer Randy Thom, sound designer Al Nelson, sound re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo, director Chris Sanders and film editor Darren Holmes. This event was produced by the Motion Picture Sound Editors organization, Skywalker Sound, DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures.
SoundWorks Collection is happy to partner with GameSoundCon to bring you one of the many in-depth sessions offered at this unique two-day conference. In this exclusive video, founder and creator of GameSoundCon, Brian Schmidt, presents the opening session, “Introduction to Game Audio: How Games Are Different From Anything You’ve Worked on Before.”
This session provides an introduction and exploration into the many ways in which videogame music and sound design are fundamentally different from linear media such as television or film. It also covers what to expect when working on a game, and how being part of a game team is very different from being hired to score or do sound design for more traditional media.
Composer Mike Reagan Sound for Film Profile
The SoundWorks Collections visits composer Mike Reagan in his Los Angeles–based studio to explore his work on the upcoming videogame God of War: Ghost of Sparta and learn about his creative approach. Reagan has enjoyed a successful career as a composer, songwriter and music producer whose award-winning music has been featured in several film, TV and videogame projects. His recent film score for Unbeatable Harold complements his previous songwriting and production for Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday and Sony Pictures/Jim Henson Productions’ Elmo in Grouchland, which garnered a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Soundtrack.
Reagan’s compositions have been recorded all over the world, including L.A.’s top studios, the Bay Area’s Skywalker Sound and Abbey Road studio in London. He has served as composer for Sony’s best-selling God of War franchise (2005-2010), winner of the Interactive Academy Award for music composition, the Game Audio Network Guild Music of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack. His score for Conan (THQ, 2007) also earned critical acclaim, notably from Variety magazine recognizing the “epic and cinematic scope” and saying, “The soundtrack is as professionally produced as any blockbuster adventure movie.”
Recent music projects include God of War: Ghost of Sparta and Darksiders, as well as the Emmy Award–winning Wow Wow Wubbzy! and Ape Escape cartoon series for which he received a Telly Award for Best Use of Music in TV. Listen for Reagan’s music airing on Nickelodeon, NickToon and Nick Jr.
Universal Studios Audio Tour
In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive video, take an exclusive tour of the Universal Studios located in Universal City, Calif., hosted by Chris Jenkins, senior VP of Sound Services.
‘The Social Network’ Sound for Film Profile
In The Social Network, drector David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explore the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomena of the new century, was invented through the warring perspectives of the super-smart young men who each claimed to be there at its inception. Two members of Fincher’s talented sound team, sound re-recording mixer and supervisor sound editor Ren Kylce and sound re-recording mixer Michael Semanick take the viewer through the creative and technical process for crafting the audio soundscape in this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video profile.
‘HALO: REACH’ Sound for Videogame Profile
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection game-sound video profile, we feature the talented sound team behind HALO: REACH for Xbox. Bungie Studios audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell and sound designers C. Paul Johnson and Jay Weinland discuss the creative and technical challenges for creating the ultimate gaming experience.
‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World’ Sound for Film Profile
When you meet the girl of your dreams, would you defeat her ex-boyfriends to win her love? The London-based sound team behind Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World share their stories about bringing to life the comic-book pages of this alternative universe. Featured in this exclusive SoundWorks Collection “Sound for Film” profile is re-recording mixers Chris Burdon and Doug Cooper, and supervising sound editor Julian Slater.
‘Salt’ Sound for Film Profile
Who is Salt? Uncover the sound behind Salt in the latest SoundWorks Collection “Sound for Film” profile featuring sound re-recording mixers Jeff Haboush, Greg Russell and Scott Millan.
‘Inception’ Sound for Film Profile
Creating the sounds of dreams in this SoundWorks Collection sound for film profile for Inception featuring supervising sound editor and sound designer Richard King, re-recording mixer Lora Hirschberg and re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo.
Read Mix‘s Feature on Inception.
Walt Disney Studios Tour
Take an exclusive tour of the Walt Disney Studios (Burbank, Calif.) hosted by Gil Gagnon, VP of post-production services. The Walt Disney Studios Post-Production Services has a rich history in dubbing, dating back to the early 1940s when Fantasia was mixed in the Main Theatre. Fantasia went on to win several technical achievement awards from the Academy as it was one of the first to mix in Stereo and incorporated an early form of surround sound termed “Fantasound.”
The sound editorial department is staffed by a talented crew including two-time Oscar-winner George Watter II, along with Robert Sephton and Thomas de Gorter. The facilities include Pro Tools and 5.1 sound-design rooms. In addition, this world-class facility provides complete sound integration and compatibility with the mixing stages in a conveniently located campus-like environment in Burbank, Calif.
‘Toy Story 3’ Sound for Film Profile
Join Skywalker Sound’s re-recording mixer and sound designer Tom Myers, re-recording mixer Michael Semanick, director Lee Unkrich and Stuart Bowling, technical marketing manager at Dolby Laboratories, as they take you behind-the-scenes and discuss the sound of Toy Story 3. This movie will be released in Dolby Surround 7.1 in 12 languages.
Gary Hecker Feature Interview
Award-winning Foley artist Gary Hecker recently joined CSS Studios’ Todd-AO in late 2009. One of the most accomplished Foley artists in Hollywood, Hecker has contributed to more than 200 films in a career spanning almost three decades. Among his recent credits are 2012, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Angel & Demons, Watchmen and the Spiderman trilogy. At Todd-AO, Hecker will serve as supervising Foley artist, and while continuing to work on films, will also seek to grow the facility’s Foley department.
‘Watchmen’ Panel Discussion
Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) proudly presents a panel discussion and Q&A of the Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures feature Watchmen. Directed by Zack Snyder, this epic realization of the famed graphic novel of the same name takes audiences on an incredible journey of vision and sound. Join Academy Award–winning re-recording mixers Chris Jenkins and Frank Montaño, along with supervising sound editor Scott Hecker, composer Tyler Bates and music editor Darrell Hall as they delve into the intense creative collaboration behind this film’s sound.
Sonoma International Film Festival
SoundWorks Collection presents exclusive video from the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival panel, “From Script to Screen,” featuring Stuart Bowling, technical marketing manager at Dolby Laboratories. Dowling is a multichannel mixing expert who has been integral in Dolby 3-D support and implementation, and in the development of Dolby 7.1 now being used for Toy Story 3
CAS and Soundworks “Meet the Winners” Event
CAS Awards 2010: “Meet the Winners” – Randy Thom from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.The Cinema Audio Society and the SoundWorks Collection present “Meet the Winners,” a panel discussion of sound mixing, an informative and educational event, held on February 28, 2010, at the Egyptian Theater (L.A.).
CAS Career Achievement Recipient: Randy Thom, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures:The Hurt Locker, production mixer Ray Beckett and re-recording mixer Paul J. Ottosson
Television Movies and Mini-Series:Grey Gardens, production mixer Henry Embry, re-recording mixer Rick Ash
Television Series:Mad Men “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” production mixer Peter Bently, re-recording mixers Ken Teaney, CAS, and Todd Orr
Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:Deadliest Catch “Stay Focused or Die,” re-recording mixer Bob Bronow, CAS
DVD Original Programming:Into the Blue: The Reef, production mixer John M. Reynolds, re-recording mixers Terry O’Bright, CAS, and Keith A. Rogers, CAS
“How to Train Your Dragon” from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Supervising sound mixer and sound designer Randy Thom talks about Dreamworks Animation 3-D thrilling action/adventure How to Train Your Dragon. Find out how the roster of dragons were brought to life and the unique approach Skywalker Sound takes when working on its film’s sound.
GDC2010: “Where it All Began” Sound Panel from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Speakers: Rod Abernethy (composer, Rednote Audio), Alexander Brandon (creative Ddirector, Heatwave Interactive), Brian Schmidt (president, Brian Schmidt Studios, LLC), Brad Fuller (partner, Sonaural LLC), Tommy Tallarico (president, Tommy Tallarico Studios)Not just a walk down memory lane, this panel will explore how the music of first-generation 8-bit games was created and what makes it so well loved by gamers of all ages. What makes those old 8-bit tunes still so endearing, instantly recognizable and still fun to listen to? We will explore the glory days of game music, how it was created under unbelievable technical restrictions as compared to today’s production standards. We’ll also explore how the modern-day composer and audio director can use many of the same concepts and techniques used in first generation in today’s music.
“Alice in Wonderland” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Visionary director Tim Burton returns with an all-star cast including Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, the queens Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, and Alan Rickman as the caterpillar, bringing to life the magical return of Alice in Wonderland. A 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. Bringing to life this familiar cast of characters and world include the talents of sound re-recording mixer Tom Johnson and supervising sound editor Michael Semanick. Off with your head!
Randy Thom – 2010 CAS Career Achievement Honoree – SWC Exclusive from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.The Cinema Audio Society comprises sound mixers and associates from the film and television industries. The Society was founded to create a proper channel of communication between the related sound crafts and between those instrumental to the production and distribution of film and television soundtracks. The CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing are presented annually to the winning re-recording and production mixers in each of four categories: Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Special; Television Series; Television Movies or Mini-Series; and Motion Pictures. The competition is open to feature films and television programs released or aired during the calendar year, and the winners are revealed in a sealed envelope ceremony at the Cinema Audio Society Annual Awards Banquet.For the 2010 CAS Awards, the SoundWorks Collection partnered with the CAS to provide exclusive backstage interviews with the winners of this year’s awards show.
Steven Spielberg – MPSE Golden Reel Filmmaker Award 2010 – SWC Exclusive from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Each year, the MPSE presents the MPSE Golden Reel Awards, in which they acknowledge the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing: dialog and ADR, effects and foley, and music. For the 2010 Golden Reel Awards, the SoundWorks Collection partnered with the MPSE to provide exclusive show coverage and backstage interviews with the winners of this years awards show.
Read Mix news article on the full award winners.
Avatar Sound Panel – SoundWorks Collection Exclusive from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.February 3, 2010, at the Fox Studios, Zanuck Theater
Featuring director James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, Christopher Boyes (supervising sound editor/sound designer/sound re-recording mixer), sound re-recording mixer Gary Summers and sound re-recording mixer Andy Nelson.
“Avatar” Sound For Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.The groundbreaking technical and directorial abilities of director James Cameron can be experienced in his breathtaking visual world of Pandora in Avatar. This never-before-seen world is filled with landscapes, creatures and civilizations that have also never been heard before by audiences. Bringing to life the sounds of Pandora include the talent of Skywalker Sound’s supervising sound editor, sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Chris Boyes in this SoundWorks Collection sound-for-film exclusive profile.
Director Quentin Tarantin’s “spaghetti western but with World War II iconography” sets the stage for a stellar soundscape produced by his talented sound team. In this sound for film profile, we talk with sound re-recording mixers Michael Minkler and Tony Lamberti. A basterd’s work is never done.
“Terminator Salvation” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Supervising sound editor and designer Cameron Frankley talks about the unique work his sound crew brought to Director McG’s fourth installment of the Terminator series. See the array of sounds that were recorded to bring to life the cast of robots and cyborgs set in 2018.
“Where the Wild Things Are” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Explore director Spike Jonze’s heartfelt adaptation of the classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, with sound re-recording mixer and supervising editor Ren Klyce. Learn about the unique approach they created for capturing the voices of the actors and other stories about bringing the wild creatures to life.
“Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Director Michael Bay returns for a second serving of robot mayhem in Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Also returning for another call of duty with Bay include the talents of his sound team: sound re-recording mixer Greg Russell, and supervising sound editors Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.
“Star Trek” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.In this next installment, we answer the question, “Is there sound in outer space?” and, “If there is sound in space, what does it sound like?” The Star Trek sound team—including supervising sound editors Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin, and sound designers Scott Gershin, Ann Scibelli and Tim Walston—talk about the approach and sound design behind the 11th film based on the Star Trek franchise, directed by J.J. Abrams.
“Invictus” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Director Clint Eastwood reunites with his longtime collaborators—Supervising Sound Editor Alan Robert Murray and Sound Re-Recording Mixer Gregg Rudloff. In this profile the sound team discusses the challenges and unique sound opportunities that take the audience on location to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.
“The Princess and the Frog” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.Walt Disney Animation Studio returns to its tradition of hand-drawn animation in The Princess and the Frog. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker of successful 2-D Disney films The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules. In this profile, we sit down and talk with sound re-recording mixers David Fluhr and Dean Zupancic, original dialog mixers Doc Kane and Gabe Guy, and supervising sound editor Odin Benitez.
“2012” Sound for Film Video Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.What does the end of the world sound like? Sound re-recording mixers Michael Keller and Jeff Haboush talk about the extensive sound work completed for director Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster disaster film 2012. See how the sound team approached the sound design and mix for such scenes as the destruction of Los Angeles, the eruption of Yellowstone national park, and watch the Vatican crumble into oblivion. (Seatbelt not included.)
“Watchmen” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.The SoundWorks Collection launches this week by profiling the sound team for Universal Studios’ Watchmen, including Supervising Sound Editor Scott Hecker, Sound Re-Recording Mixer Chris Jenkins and Sound Re-Recording Mixer Frank Montano. Watch how visionary director Zack Snyder brings the popular Watchmen graphic novel to life for the big screen with the help of the sound team.
SoundWorks Collection Promo from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.
‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Sound for Film Profile
GDC10: Where It All Began: Lessons That Can Be Learned From ‘First-Generation’ Music
‘Alice in Wonderland’ Sound for Film Profile
Backstage at the 2010 CAS Awards
Exclusive MPSE Golden Reel Awards Interviews
SoundWorks Collection Exclusive Presents “Avatar” Sound Panel
‘Avatar’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Inglourious Basterds’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Terminator Salvation’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Transformers 2’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Star Trek’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Invictus’ Sound for Film Profile
‘The Princess and the Frog’ Sound for Film Profile
‘2012’ Sound for Film Profile
‘Watchmen’ Sound for Film Profile
Introduction to the Series