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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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Ray DolbyA little over a week ago, the audio and filmmaking communities lost a legendary member, Ray Dolby. If audio is equally important as picture in filmmaking, then it stands to reason that Ray Dolby has done more to elevate the craft and enjoyment of film than any other individual in the history of the medium. It’s a bold statement, to be sure, but one that makes sense when trying to contextualize his lifetime of extraordinary achievements. Here are just a few of the ways in which Ray Dolby indelibly enriched each and every one of our lives. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Get Monster's University SoundWorks - nofilmschoolWe’ve got another fantastic behind the scenes video from Michael Coleman at SoundWorks Collection, and this time it’s an in-depth look at the sound design for Pixar’s return to the Monsters, Inc. universe, Monsters University. If you’ve never thought about what goes into creating sound for an animation, there is a terrific breakdown of a scene from the film. Click through to check it out: More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video - nofilmschoolThanks to Michael Coleman’s SoundWorks Collection mini-docs, we’ve gotten some great behind-the-scenes peeks into sound designers working at the highest level of the industry. Though more common now than in previous decades, it’s not every day one gets the chance to sculpt the soundscapes of an epic superhero flick — even at the highest level of the industry. Even more rare is the opportunity to do so for Superman. Check out the SoundWorks Collection’s look into Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel below. 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 »