May 4, 2015

Behind the Scenes of the Epic Sound Design of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Michael Coleman over at the Soundworks Collection has done it again. This time with Hollywood's latest and greatest mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

As is the case with most of the fantastic Soundworks Collection videos, this one takes us deep into the minds and specific thought processes behind the sound designers, mixers, and recordists for some of today's biggest films. This particular video features Christopher Boyes, Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer from Skywalker Sound who has won multiple Academy Awards (and been nominated for a few others) for his work on several major films.

Here's trailer for the film, in case you haven't already seen it:

What fascinates me about the sound design of these massive Hollywood films is the level of depth and forethought that goes into even the smallest decisions. Not only are the sound designers and mixers working to create individually tailored sound signatures for each and every character on the screen, but they're creating these sounds with the end goal not of creating the loudest and most badass explosions, but of having the sound design be a pure reflection of the characters' innermost turmoil and conflict. That's an extremely powerful concept, and a difficult one to internalize, but it's undeniable that it can have an emotional and even visceral effect on the audiences who hear it, especially when the films are mixed for something completely immersive like Dolby Atmos.

Did you go see Avengers: Age of Ultron this past weekend? What did you think of the sound design? Let us know down in the comments!     

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Love hearing the individual sound design and effects stems in isolation, really makes you appreciate the artistry that goes into this "invisible" art form.

May 4, 2015 at 8:26PM, Edited May 4, 8:26PM

Matt Carter
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I find it very interesting to hear about their experience to create little thing to make the films feel immersive. The best kind of editing are the ones you never noticed. The sound helps convey everything to the audience even if the subject is off screen. I enjoyed this. :)

May 5, 2015 at 2:09AM


I've been to 3 theaters in the San Fran Bay Area that have "immersive" Atmos sound. It doesn't sound like what they say it will. It's just loud. I wished for my extra cost back, and to have watched the movies on a different screen. I was told that if I stand the immersive effect is better. We all like standing to watch a 2 1/2 hour movie. ;^)

May 17, 2015 at 8:46AM, Edited May 17, 8:46AM

Gene Nemetz
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