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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Sound of The Hobbit - No Film SchoolMichael Coleman is back with another terrific SoundWorks Collection video. This time we’ve got the sound team from Peter Jackson’s second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. With such a large and expensive project, there is a lot that has to go into making the movie feel as large as it should, and the sound designers, mixers, and composer play a huge part in that. Check out that video below, as well as some more involving the sound from both films. More »

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Speaking of The Hobbit, thanks once again to Michael Coleman’s indispensable SoundWorks Collection we now have another angle of the rather extensive amount of behind-the-scenes material on the film (trilogy). Previously we’ve had a look at the environment the crew created to be creatively conducive, questioned the aesthetic nature of its 48 frames-per-second acquisition (and delivery, in many cases), all the way back to the films’ truly epic on-location shooting and production design. But foley work, mixing, and sound design in general are things that end up getting less making-of attention than the imagery of films, so check out the SoundWorks mini-doc that rounds out The Hobbit BTS goods below. More »

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The footage I’ve seen of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (released today) so far looks pretty fantastic. I know it’s adapted from a novel, I know there’s a man and a tiger on a boat, but other than that I really know nothing about this movie — just that it looks intriguing from a pure imagery standpoint. That, and the next logical step from there, which is that it is probably going to be breathtaking in stereo. How does one create a soundtrack suitable for the visual side of this experience? Thanks once again to Michael Coleman’s Soundworks Collection, we now have an inkling of exactly that — and of how the sound design team crafted it for Dolby Atmos — beginning with almost no usable production tracks. More »

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SoundWorks Collection has already brought us a number of great videos detailing a part of the process we don’t usually get much of a look at it — the creation and design of that other half of what we do. So far SoundWorks has brought us videos on Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, and more recently, Argo and a rock ‘n’ roll documentary. Now, they’re giving us a look at the biographical Chasing Mavericks, which fictionalizes the late surfer Jay Moriarty’s quest to ride The Great Wave. In a film largely taking place on beaches and the ocean, the sound designers were tasked with  characterizing the ocean’s sounds in a dramatic context, which probably wasn’t all that easy — especially when it came to mixing the film for Dolby Atmos. Bump the jump to see how the sound team optimized the film’s mix for a 42 speaker (18 of which are overhead) Atmos configuation. More »

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What if you could hear Michael Myers’ footsteps as he moved through a victim’s house?  Or be immersed in the soundscape of a gun battle, with such life-like quality that you might run for cover from that tower sniper?  Dolby‘s newly announced format, Atmos, is aiming to push theatergoer’s auditory immersion in the way IMAX and 3-D pushed visual immersion.  So how exactly is this different from existing surround sound systems, and what effect will it have on a viewer’s experience?  Check this video out: More »