Joel Iwataki Returns for #1 Summer Blockbuster Starring James Franco
Pictured (L-R) are scoring mixer Joel Iwataki, digital recordist Vincent Cirilli, and assistant engineer Scott Moore. Photo by David Goggin.
Engineer Joel Iwataki mixed the provocative score for the #1 film in North America, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” at Ocean Way’s Record One Recording Studios in LA. Original music was composed by Patrick Doyle, known for scoring such films as “Thor,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”
Iwataki previously mixed the score for the #1 film “Battle: Los Angeles” at Record One, which houses the former Todd-AO scoring stage console: a 96-input SSL 9000J with Shawn Murphy modifications and a film scoring monitor section.
Iwataki commented, “I was very happy to be
mixing for Patrick Doyle, composer of noble and moving music, and fortunate to do it at Record One, an outpost of owner/engineer Allen Sides, who has dedicated himself to the furtherance of art and audio excellence. There is something very special about mixing here, which has such a rich history of popular music, dating back to the days of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” This SSL is a remarkable console that has played a part in countless hit films.”
This prequel to the “Apes” movies, based on the novel “La planete des singes” by Pierre Boulle, was directed by Rupert Wyatt and stars James Franco, Andy Serkis, and Freida Pinto.
Will Rodman (James Franco) is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s by performing tests on apes. The first test subject is Caesar; it genetically modifies his way of thinking to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. Caesar learns well, but human authority continues to test him and contain him.
Caesar eventually proves smart enough to break free from his cage and release the cure among other apes, affecting them like Caesar. Millions of apes begin to rally in a revolution. Soon, war breaks out between humans and apes. Rodman may be the only one able to stop them before the ape revolution succeeds in them becoming the dominant species on the planet.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was released August 5 by 20th Century Fox.