The Sound of There Will Be Blood

Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer Michael Semanick describes designing subtle and gritty “oil sounds” for the epic saga “There Will Be Blood”.


The film follows the rise to power of Daniel Plainview - a charismatic and ruthless oil prospector, driven to succeed by his intense hatred of others and psychological need to see any and all competitors fail. When he learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property. Using his young adopted son H.W. to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the cooperation of almost all the locals with lofty promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish. Over time, Plainview's gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life.

Sound Credits

Michael Babcock Additional Sound Supervisor
Chris Barron Digital Transferer (As Christopher Barron)
Andrew Bock Assistant Sound
John Countryman Digital Transferer
Kelly Doran Utility Sound Technician
Coya Elliott First Assistant Sound Editor
Jonathan Greber Digital Transferer
J.R. Grubbs Sound Effects Editor
Robin Harlan Foley Artist
David L. Horton Jr. Foley Editor (As David Horton Jr.)
Bryan Jerden Sound Effects Editor
Tom Johnson Sound Re Recording Mixer
Matt Kent Sound Recordist
Richard King Sound Consultant
Vanessa Lapato Dialogue Editor
Zach Martin Sound Recordist
Sarah Monat Foley Artist
Timothy Nielsen Sound Effects Editor
Juan Peralta Assistant Sound Re Recording Mixer
Juan Peralta Sound Mixing Technician
Eric Potter Sound Effects Recording
John Pritchett Sound Mixer
David M. Roberts Boom Operator
Ronald G. Roumas Recordist
Jeff Sawyer Sound Effects Editor
Christopher Scarabosio Additional Sound Re Recording Mixer
Christopher Scarabosio Sound Designer
Michael Semanick Sound Re Recording Mixer
Randy Singer Foley Mixer
Clint Smith Sound Recordist
Bruce Tanis Foley Editor
Rachael Tate Adr Recordist
Hugo Weng Dialogue Editor
Matthew Wood Supervising Sound Editor
Christopher Flick Foley Editor (Uncredited)
Peter Gleaves Adr Mixer (Uncredited)
Hamilton Sterling Sound Effects Editor (Uncredited)