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The Sound of Kong: Skull Island

We chat with the sound team of Kong: Skull Island and discuss their collaboration with Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts featuring re-recording mixer and sound designer Pete Horner, co-supervising sound editor Al Nelson and co-supervising sound editor Steve Slanec. A secret government organization mounts an expedition to ... More

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The Music of Life with Composer Jon Ekstrand

We recently chatted with Composer Jon Ekstrand who is a long time collaborator with Director Daniel Espinosa about his work on the sci-fi thriller film LIFE. This marks his sixth project with Espinosa, having previously composed music for his films Babylonsjukan, Outside Love, Snabba Cash, and Child 44, ... More

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The Music of Beauty and the Beast with Scoring Mixer Frank Wolf

This week we talk with Scoring Mixer Frank Wolf who worked on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast directed by Bill Condon. Frank has a long working history collaborating with Composer Alan Menken and we discuss what it was like to record and mix many of the beloved songs from this 1991 Disney ... More

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The Music of The Last Guardian with Composer Takeshi Furukawa

Composer Takeshi Furukawa had the incredible task of creating the musical score for The Last Guardian, which is best described as a traditional orchestral fantasy score. The Last Guardian, from Shadow of the Colossus designer Fumito Ueda, centers on a boy and his friendship with Trico, ... More

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The Music of The Lego Batman Movie with Composer Lorne Balfe

It should come as no surprise that a movie that explores the loneliness that Batman must feel in the bat-cave after leaving his adoring public behind — even one involving LEGOs — has a fairly dark orchestral score thanks to composer Lorne Balfe, who argues that The LEGO Batman Movie has just as ... More

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2017 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award Video

“Hacksaw Ridge” was the big winner on Sunday night at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards, winning two feature-film awards, including the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscar for sound editing. Mel Gibson’s war film won awards for dialogue and ADR in a feature film ... More

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2017 Cinema Audio Society Award Videos

The Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture - Live Action was presented to the sound mixing team of Steven Morrow, CAS, Andy Nelson, CAS, Ai Ling Lee, Nicholai Baxter, David Betancourt, and James Ashwill for “La La Land”. Director Damien Chazelle was on hand to support his winning sound ... More

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The Sound of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Greg Russell (17 Oscar nominations), Gary Summers (11 Oscar nominations and 4 wins), and Jeffrey Haboush (4 Oscar nominations) talk about their work, nominated for Best Sound Mixing, on Michael Bay’s film. The artists describe their long collaboration with Bay, and their work on this film to keep the ... More

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The Sound of Sully

Two-time Academy Award winner Alan Murray (Best Sound Editing) joins us to discuss his 37th film in collaboration with director Clint Eastwood, for which he has received his ninth Oscar nomination. From his first conversation with Captain Chesley Sullenberger to an eventful sound recording trip on an empty A320 in flight, Alan recounts ... More

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The Sound of La La Land

In Part 1 of this episode, Steve Morrow (Best Sound Mixing) describes his work as the production sound mixer on this contemporary movie musical filmed largely on location in Los Angeles, and the challenges of capturing the live on-set signing of stars Ryan Gossling and Emma Stone. In Part 2, Ai-Ling Lee (nominated for Best Sound ... More

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The Sound of Deepwater Horizon

Renée Tondelli (Best Sound Editing) joins us for an in-depth exploration of the sound design of Peter Berg’s film, for which she is nominated with Wylie Stateman. From the challenges of learning to speak “oilese,” the specialized language of the oil exploration world, to the problems of capturing usable production audio at ... More

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The Sound of Hacksaw Ridge

Kevin O’Connell (Best Sound Mixing), celebrating his 21st Academy Award nomination, joins first-time nominees Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright (double nominees for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing) in conversation about their work on Mel Gibson’s film. The artists talk about using sound design and music to sculpt the ... More

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The Sound of Arrival

Sylvain Bellemare (Best Sound Editing) and Barnard Gariépy Strobl (Best Sound Mixing) discuss the unique challenges of building the soundscapes of the alien heptapods and managing their multi-national crew working in Paris, Montréal, Los Angeles, and New Zealand. Adhering to director Denis Villeneueve’s mandate to keep everything real ... More

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Composer Sage Lewis and the music of indie dark comedy Operator

Film/TV Composer Sage Lewis breaks down how the narrative ideas become unique fodder for electronic and acoustic music in the SXSW hit film Operator by Logan Kibens starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman. Modular synthesizers and vocoders were orchestrated with acoustic instruments to evoke the ... More

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Shaping Waves Sound Effects Library Releases "Insects & Swarms"

From massive swarms in different densities and activity levels to individual passby sounds and landings, this insect sound library covers pretty much all variants of insect wing buzz sounds. www.shapingwaves.com/downloads/insects-swarms-sound-effects/ ###BEE SOUNDS: 14 long takes (up to ... More