The Sound of Zero Dark Thirty

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.


Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the Academy Award-winning duo behind The Hurt Locker, reteam for this drama detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA began interrogating suspected Al Qaeda agents across the globe in a bid to locate the elusive bin Laden. Upon arriving at a CIA black site and witnessing the brutal interrogation tactics firsthand, driven operative Maya (Chastain) aids her unpredictable colleague Dan (Jason Clarke) in gathering the intelligence that will help bring their target to justice. Over the course of the next decade, numerous false leads and dead ends make the search seem more futile than ever. Meanwhile, numerous suicide bombings across the Middle East and Europe hint that Al Qaeda won't go down without a fight. Then, just when it seems as if the trail of clues has finally dried up, an old piece of evidence leads Maya to a suspect who may work directly for the man charged with planning the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, and James Gandolfini co-star.

Sound Credits

Ray Beckett Production Sound Mixer
Gary Dodkin Sound Mixer (Second Unit)
Lee Gilmore Sound Effects Editor
Jamie Hardt Additional Sound Design
James Hyde Adr Recordist
Ryan Juggler Assistant Sound Editor
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound Designer
Paul N.J. Ottosson Sound Re Recording Mixer
Paul N.J. Ottosson Supervising Sound Editor
John Sanacore Foley Mixer
James Simcik Adr Supervisor
Rob Speight Additional Adr Recordist
Robert Troy Dialogue Editor
Alex Ullrich Foley Artist