June 30, 2014

Constructing the Beautiful Mechanical Soundscape of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

It might be the fourth film in a franchise based off a toy, but Transformers: Age of Extinction has now brought in over $300 million at the box office after just a few days in theaters. Though the film has been getting miserable reviews, audiences have still turned up in huge numbers to see it. The one aspect of these films that is always impressive, however, is the sound design. In his newest video, Michael Coleman of SoundWorks Collection goes behind the scenes with the sound design team from the film.

Here is the description, followed by the video:

Director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Spielberg return this summer for the fourth film in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The amazing visual effects in this film are complemented by the talented efforts of the sound team including Re-recording Mixer Greg Russell, Re-recording Mixer Jeff Haboush, Re-recording Mixer Scott Millan and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Erik Aadahl and Sound Designer John Marquis.

And here is the trailer for the film:

Forgetting the story for a moment, these movies are really built around the computer generated imagery, which would be nothing without the sound design. Some really beautiful electronic soundscapes were created for the previous films, and it looks like the fourth installment is no different. Using sounds from Galileo is really fascinating, and it lends some reality to a film that is anything but. I have to admit that these films have become somewhat of a guilty pleasure due to Michael Bay's sheer audacity, but the sound design is always a strong point, and the team behind the sound for these films have been nominated for a number of Academy Awards.

Check out more fantastic sound videos over at SoundWorks Collection.

Link: The Sound of Transformers: Age of Extinction -- SoundWorks Collection

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29 Comments

Perhaps the fighting merchandise sounded impressive, but the sound design and foley work of the first act - all the dialog scenes - was pretty weak. When Marky Mark threw the football at the guy from Silicon Valkey, the foley of glass breaking was straight up campy. The scene in the Arctic had zero ambience and the ADR called a lot of attention to itself. That's my 2 cents without saying anything about the story itself.

June 30, 2014 at 10:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Yet, you went out and paid to see this crappy move.

July 1, 2014 at 1:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DC

But, he wouldn't have been able to comment on the sound design if hadn't seen the movie.

July 1, 2014 at 11:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ian

If you want to know how the new film sounds like, just go listen to the first one. Michael Bay has been making the same stupid movie now for the fourth time.

July 1, 2014 at 11:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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matt

This movie may scream beyond the $1 billion mark. May we all be so stupid.

July 1, 2014 at 8:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Enjoying Some G...

LOUDER, MAKE IT LOUDER PLS!

June 30, 2014 at 10:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ts

Sound is cool, but anyone read anything about how the Imax3d camera, or how the red dragon performed?

July 1, 2014 at 2:02AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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You are commenting on an article about sound.

July 1, 2014 at 11:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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ian

Kudos to the artistic technicians, no question, but why in tarnation Steven Spielberg supports such crappy stories from Michael Bay?

July 1, 2014 at 11:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jan

"over $300 million at the box office after just a few days in theaters"

July 1, 2014 at 12:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ryan

Maybe he's a big kid and likes Transformers. Looks like lots of people like Transformers, and 3-D, and fun sound effects, and colossals fighting.

And by the way. Mark Wahlberg is a good actor.

July 1, 2014 at 8:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Enjoying Some G...

Also nothing against the actors. :-) But I think that Spielberg should keep the quality of Hollywood up... ofc many ppl like those movies, but I think they would like Transformers as well with a more deep story. Action movies don't have to have a superficial story... I assume...

July 2, 2014 at 8:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jan

I don't assume any movie should have depth to the story. I don't assume Hollywood is being harmed by 2 hours of fun visuals and sound effects. Sometimes fun is just fun.

July 2, 2014 at 7:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Enjoying Some G...

Spielberg was desperate to join the billonaire's club.

July 3, 2014 at 10:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Indiana Ford

Spielberg persauded Bay to direct "The Island", and then to direct the "Transformers" movies. God knows how Bay motivates himself to direct another of these toy cartoons.

July 2, 2014 at 12:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Indiana Ford

Is he a victim?

July 2, 2014 at 7:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Enjoying Some G...

Bay a victim of Speilberg? No, he gets paid vast sums of money to direct headache-inducing crap. If he wants to waste his career chasing money, it's his choice. It's a shame, though -- his pre "Transformers" films were moderately less crap than his output since.

July 3, 2014 at 10:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Indiana Ford

Bay a victim of Spielberg? No, he gets paid vast sums of money to direct headache-inducing crap. If he wants to waste his career chasing money, it's his choice. It's a shame, though -- his pre "Transformers" films were moderately less crap than his output since.

July 3, 2014 at 10:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Indiana Ford

Michael Bay doesn't create the stories. That role is for the screenwriter.

July 15, 2014 at 10:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Matt

My favorite sound was the battery acid I poured in my eyes after the 7th hour of this movie.

July 1, 2014 at 6:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Collin

It's funny how all you film-makers comment on how terrible the transformers movies are. You're missing the point that they are made for kids to watch with a simple story-line they can follow. They are the main demographic for this film and you all fail to understand that because of how well they mask this from a kids film and make you all want to see it. It's like you're judging the story line of an episode of Barney.

I personally don't like the transformers films, but I will see them just to look at the special effects and whatever because it does look cool, but I go into them knowing I'm about to watch a movie meant for kids and not a film meant for a critical mature audience and oscars.

July 1, 2014 at 8:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John B

Finally, someone on this thread showing a high industry iq. The demographics of this movie is clear.
Say what u want about m. Bay but the robot action sequences and big robot set pieces are unmatched by (insert your favorite artsy director fight/war sequence here). I myself a fan of the artsy types gets bored to death whenever they include fight or war scenes in their movies. Death penalty should be given to any artsy director who writes fight / war sequences in their movies. M. Bay knows how to make those type of sequences appear larger than life on the big screen. Yes I saw this flick at the industry primere but still would have paid to see it for pure entertainment value. That said, this move had the better of the franchise's big set pieces and action sequences. Too many pretentious artsy fart-full hipsters on this thread

July 2, 2014 at 5:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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t. cal

Well said, both of you!

Nobody does action, hot women, explosions and sick camera moves like Michael Bay. And yet most people here are too pretentious to see these movies for what they are. Lame.

July 3, 2014 at 5:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Buck

LOL. Defending Bay. Sure, enjoy your mindless, action-numbing, plotless, action fest of banging pots. Same shit, different movie. And you call that entertainment.

July 4, 2014 at 12:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Rich

Yeah. I'd rather that than stare at a melancholic frog's eyes for 5mins trying to decypher what the director meant, u fart-full hipster. U probably would think that titles such as "linearity of space" or "plurae inertia" sounds more artsy than "transformers".
U missed the part about big set pieces in my comment and making scenes look larger than life , which bay is good at. Such a pretentious hipster you! Btw its easy to write melancholic scenes than u think

July 4, 2014 at 3:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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t.cal

I enjoyed all the transformers movies. What are you expecting from a toy turned movie?

July 3, 2014 at 3:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Lani V.

I always find it funny, and sadly ironic, that supposed filmmakers are so snobby about their own industry. "I won't go see that, it's trash."

Why did you get into making movies in the first place if you hate so many of them? Can you do better, or put more people in theater seats? Shouldn't somebody in the industry be excited about any and all films, seeing them for what they are: entertainment, and also as a medium for ideas and furthering your skill set?

Just some thoughts from a fellow movie buff.

July 3, 2014 at 4:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Buck

By far the most fun I've had in a movie theater this year. It is by far at the top of the list of all the Transformers films. It is finally a Transformers movie that pretty much has a solid focus on the Transformers. Ken had more dialog in TF than he did in Godzilla.

July 5, 2014 at 3:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Darren Orange

What i do not like today it's the sound noise became music or the music became the noise
at the end you not remember it because you have a so little story.

Many time it's like watching your kid played a game.

July 7, 2014 at 7:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pierre Samuel Rioux