There have been plenty of documentaries shining a light on the various facets of filmmaking, but one that we’ve yet to see covered extensively is sound design. That’s about to change with Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, a new documentary focusing on sound designers and the work they do to bring a film to life through the audio that accompanies the moving images we see on the screen.
In Making Waves, filmmakers like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and Ryan Coogler talk abut the importance of great sound design in their movies. Through the film, we get to meet some of the best sound designers in the business, such as Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), Ben Burtt (Star Wars) and Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan), and get an inside look at how they are an invaluable part of the cinematic process. Watch the Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound trailer below. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark is unquestionably one of the best adventure movies ever made, and every inch of the film has been examined and analyzed by film lovers since it came out in 1981. But I just discovered something new about the movie that I’d never heard before. During the scene in which Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood reunite for the first time in years, Marion has her hands full – but she’s not carrying what it sounds like she’s carrying.
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Yesterday I posted the first part of my chat with supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio, talking about some of the fun auditory Easter eggs you might have missed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Today I bring you part two of that conversation, where they talk about the unofficial Lucasfilm Sound Group which ensures that all the sounds in the upcoming Star Wars movies are true to the Star Wars universe; their use of the Lucasfilm sound library; and the old-school techniques utilized to create some of the sounds for the new vehicles in the first Star Wars standalone film.
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I have to say, this is a particularly good edition of Star Wars Bits. Dare I say, it’s a must read. Let’s get right to it. Below, read about the following:
- Watch how Ben Burtt created the sound for the Millennium Falcon hyperdrive failure.
- Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.
- Sunday afternoon, Disney XD will air a video revealing new secrets of The Force Awakens trailer.
- A Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser poster could be coming next week.
- And while you wait, see some really awesome new Force Awakens fan art.
- Disney’s ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue could get A Force Awakens upgrade.
- An interesting piece of speculation about Luke Skywalker’s purpose in The Force Awakens.
- Do the Force Awakens Topps card number match with the old Topps Star Wars cards?
- What do the Star Wars: The Force Awakens names actually mean?
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As the Disney earnings call approaches, Disney finally decided to announce publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are busy working on the current screenplay. (If you havent yet, read more about that here.) But the press release also featured details of the crew that is on board for the upcoming sequel. Lets take a look at the list of names after the jump.
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Some of you may have seen scraps of the screen debut of Boba Fett, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back who became one of the most popular Star Wars characters, despite originally having very little screen time. But for those who haven’t caught it, this is a great glimpse into the development of the character.
The video below, from 1978, shows editor Duwayne Dunham dressed in a pale prototype of the armor (designed by Joe Johnson), with sound designer Ben Burtt narrating an overview of the character.
For casual Star Wars fans, the most interesting bit of the video below won’t be the character’s look, but one intent behind his design. There was a point where Boba Fett was considered as a character who could make personal appearances — dress anyone up in the costume, with that slightly altered radio voice, and they could be Boba Fett. Like a slightly less evil-looking companion to Darth Vader, and a potential Star Wars mascot. Things worked out a bit differently, but not in a bad way for the bounty hunter, at least until he got to Tatooine. Read More »
Paramount and LucasFilm announced the fall release of the four-film Indiana Jones Blu-ray collection earlier this year, and now we’ve got a date for the set: September 18.
We don’t have a specific breakdown for the extras included in the set, but the press release, which you can read in full below, promises “a collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and new bonus features.” More important, Raiders of the Lost Ark was “meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the original look, sound and feel,” supervised by director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Read More »
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If that twat Leona Helmsley had seen Wall-E she probably would have left $8 billion to an unkempt robot trash compactor. Or by default Pixar. The nonpareil animation studio’s ninth film is arguably their best, a touchstone for the current culture that will outlive us all and make its way into lonely, lonely space one day strapped beside There Will Be Blood. I’m not overlooking the “contrarians’” views of the film either; Wall-E is definitely a hypocritical vacuum of sorts, vaulting its strong wake up, shape up and save-us-all-from-Wal-Mart message into millions of laps dampened by extra large sodas, fast-food flatulence and sweaty anticipation for an endless sea of Wall-E merch.
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The Making of WALL-E by Disney
The Pitch: Last month we posted the b-roll footage from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to show you a bugs eye view of the behind the scenes production of a movie. Today I bring you the B-roll footage from the making of WALL-E. And while they are technically the same thing, the WALL-E footage is completely different because of the way the animation process works. It’s also fascinating to see the guys at Pixar making the magic. The first clip (above) shows concept art creation, environment design, Stanton directing the animators (a must watch), creating the music and sound design and Roger Deakins consulting the cinematography. The second clip (below) focuses on Stanton’s directing of the voice cast and the computer design work that went into creating some of the characters.
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I can’t yet begin to tell you what II thought of Pixar’s WALL-E. Unfortunately I am embargoed against telling you exactly how much I loved the film. Disney is ramping up their marketing, and has released a bunch of videos that are worth checking out. First up is a featurette called “Pixar Goes Space Age” which takes a look at the design, tone and cinematography of space in the film. One thing revealed is that Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins actually worked on the film as a visual consultant. Deakins was responsible for the great cinematography in Assassination of Jesse James, No Country for Old Men, and In the Valley of Elah last year, for which he was nominated for two Academy Awards.
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IGN has a featurette called “A Space Journey In Sound” which focuses on the incredible sound design of Academy Award winner Ben Burtt, best known for as the father of R2-D2 (as he did the sound design for the Star Wars films).
Three new WALL-E vinettes are being aired in Brazil: one focusing on baseball, another on dancing, and a third where WALL-E gets to close to the video camera. Check them out below (via: Pixar Blog).
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Meanwhile, Empire recently premiered four new British movie posters. I never thought I’d see an animated character playing with a Bra on a poster for a Disney animated release: