VOTD: The Sound of Michael Giacchino

In just a handful of years, Michael Giacchino has quickly developed into one of the most exciting composers working today. After getting started in the world of video games, the New Jersey native got a job on a show called Alias created by a man named J.J. Abrams. That job lead to a show called Lost and from there, he exploded, working with Pixar (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Bad Robot (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) and even nabbing a well-deserved Oscar in 2010 for his work on Up.

The composer is about to start work on Star Trek Into Darkness (you can read about his work here) but the Soundworks Collection, best known for focusing on movies, decided to take some time out and profile the prolific composer. Check it out below. Read More »

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Odds are if you’ve been to the movies in the past four weeks, you saw Wreck-It Ralph, Argo, Flight or Skyfall. They’re the top four movies at the box office at the moment and each have their own merits. One is great family fare with fun geeky spin. The next is a taut thriller in the mold of old Hollywood. The third is a well-done, but slightly preachy, character study and the last one is a crowd-pleasing addition to an action-packed franchise.

Basically, the current wide releases having something for everyone. Each is very distinctive, and if you’ve seen any of them, videos about each title, from the SoundWorks Collection, are a must see. The fantastic site has posted very cool videos on all four films, detailing their sound mix, scores and more. Check them out below. Read More »

The Sound Of ‘The Avengers’

Six superheroes from different walks of life all come together to battle the forces of evil in The Avengers. Writer/director Joss Whedon had a momentous task to try and find a way to make that conceit believable and he wasn’t the only one. The cinematographer had to make sure all those bright greens, reds, blues, blacks and purples all worked on screen together, the fight choreographer had to make sure a bevy of different styles all fit and the sound department had to make sure the sounds of rage, war, weapons, metal, lightning and more all combined into one cohesive soundtrack.

The SoundWorks Collection has just released their latest video discussing that exact point, featuring all the people responsible for making The Avengers sound big, bad ass and united. Check it out below. Read More »

Odds are if you visited a movie theater recently, you might have been there to see Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol or War Horse. The former has been deservedly sitting atop the box office charts since its release and the latter is the latest, tear-jerker live-action drama from one of our most beloved filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. And while the fact they’re both currently playing in theaters is more or less the only thing the films have in common, both are undoubtedly improved by their sound and score.

John Williams‘ score to War Horse is one of his best in many years. It perfectly compliments the sweeping story of how a single animal can bring out the best in people at the worst of times. With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Brad Bird and his team use not only Michael Giacchino‘s score, but a steady barrage of sound, to amp up the drama surrounding Ethan Hunt and his disavowed IMF agents.

After the jump, watch in-depth videos and interviews regarding the sound and music from both Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Read More »

Of the many things that make me happy about The Muppets, this story concerns three of them.

James Bobin’s film does a fantastic job of not only paying respect to the Muppet legacy but also setting a foundation for a whole new world should audiences demand to see it. And why wouldn’t they? The Muppets is filled with memorable characters and an interesting story interspersed with a slew of catch tunes and sounds that can’t help but make you feel happy.

In regards to both those points, this article will provide an update from the producers on what work is being done on a sequel as well as a video from the Soundworks Collection about the music and sound of The Muppets and a music video of the song “Man or Muppet.” Read More »

The Sound of ‘Drive’

When discussing Nicolas Winding Refn‘s awesome crime drama, Drive, several things can be singled out as exceptional. Ryan Gosling‘s performance for one. His relationship with his neighbor played by Carey Mulligan. The film’s refusal to give you a straight answer and, of course, the collected soundtrack. The music selected, the score as well as the sound mix, which features some incredibly blown out gunshots, screeching tires and blows to the head, are all totally off the charts. The SoundWorks Collection has put together a little video highlighting this highlight of Drive and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »

The Sounds of ‘Real Steel’

Crowds cheering, people screaming, metal crunching and pistons pumping. Sounds in Shawn Levy‘s new film Real Steel are incredibly intricate. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly, is set in a near future where the most popular sport in the world is robot boxing. If you think about normal boxing, the sounds are already complicated: heavy breathing, feet shuffling on the mat, leather pounding skin. Putting mechanical robots into the ring then creates a whole new set of problems. What do electronics sound like when they’re fighting? After the jump, check out the latest video from the Soundworks Collection about how the sounds of Real Steel were captured. Read More »

After looking at preliminary box office estimates, “the sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” could easily refer to screaming fans and stacking money. According to early estimates, the eighth and final Potter film grossed an estimated $43.5 million from midnight shows alone, putting it well on the way to break the single day box office record and compete for the all time three day record as well.

Alas, that’s not what “the sound” means in this case. It refers to the actual sound of the movie and in the video that’s after the jump, the Soundworks Collection talks to several members of the audio team to show how they crafted the film’s sound effects, sound mix, score and more. Along with that, there’s some great behind the scenes footage that you probably haven’t seen unless you were actually on set. It’s a perfect video to watch after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 just to appreciate how much work went into it. Read More »

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