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The Hobbit Vlog #9: Post Production

Previous Hobbit vlog entries saw Peter Jackson and the crew trekking across New Zealand, Now that principal photography is done, the work is turned over a team of animators, artists, colorists, sound designers, and composers. Older Entries: Part 1-2 Part 3-4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8Read More

The Sound of “Life of Pi”

The SoundWorks Collection talks with the sound and picture team behind Director Ang Lee’s newest film, “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).Read More

Finding the Sounds of “Lincoln”

The SoundWorks Collection talks with Skywalker Sound’s Sound Designer Ben Burtt (Designer on Star Wars) about his work on Steven Speilberg’s new film Lincoln including looking for real life every-day sounds in Washington DC that may have been heard by the great railsplitter himself.Read More

The Sound of Skyfall

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”. Exploring the sound and music of the film Soundworks talks with Scott Milan (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Greg Russell (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Read MoreRead More

The Sound and Music of Wreck-it Ralph

In this SoundWorks Collection video they talk 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. An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but Read MoreRead More

Oldest Known Voice, Music Recording Restored

 The oldest surviving tinfoil recording dating back to 1878 was scanned and converted to a digital audio. It’s scratchy, lasts only 78 seconds and features the world’s first recorded blooper. The modern masses can now listen to what experts say is the oldest playable recording of an American voice and the first-ever capturing of a Read MoreRead More

The Wave-forms of Waves – Sound Design for “Chasing Mavericks”

The SoundWorks Collection talks with the sound team of Director Michael Apted’s Chasing Mavericks including Craig Henighan (Sound Re-recording Mixer) Paul Massey (Sound Re-recording Mixer), Bryan Pennington (Dolby Atmos Sound Consultant), and Erin Rettig (Post Production Sound Services, 20th Century Fox Studios) to discuss the process of mixing this film in Dolby Atmos.Read More

How to Use Convolution for Reverb & Effects

How do Sound Designers create trippy soundscapes and effects? This tutorial on Convolution sheds some light on how these sounds are made. What is an Impulse Response? An Impulse Response (or IR for short) is a sample of an acoustic environment that’s been excited by an impulse. The impulse can be one of two things: Read MoreRead More

The Sound of “Argo”

The SoundWorks Collection talks with Sound Supervisor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl to discuss the sound of Director Ben Affleck’s Argo. 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 Read MoreRead More

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