Star Wars Sound Design Documetnary

The home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be chock full of special features that dive into the making of the movie. Not only is director Rian Johnson providing commentary, but there will be a feature length documentary going behind the scenes of the film’s production. But since that won’t be available until next month, a new 26-minute documentary short about the sound design and sound mixing done for the film will have to hold us over.

ABC News was given extensive access to Skywalker Sound, and they’ve put together a fascinating and revealing documentary called The Force of Sound that dives into the creation of the sound effects for a movie that is literally out of this world in a galaxy far, far away. Want to know how the sounds of the Porgs were created? What do foley artists use to make the sound of BB-8 rolling on the ground? This is the documentary for you. Read More »

The Last Jedi: Deciphering the Chant from the Jedi Tree

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Daisy Ridley‘s Rey hears a chant calling to her from the ancient tree on Ahch-To, which houses the oldest books from the Jedi religion. What are the chants saying? I spoke with The Last Jedi sound supervisors Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce and got a definitive answer.
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The Sound and Music of ‘The Social Network’

If David Chen’s indepth sountrack interview with Trent Reznor wasn’t enough (if you haven’t listened to it, click the link), our friends at the Soundworks Collection have published a 45-minute question and answer session with The Social Network music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, alongside sound re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor Ren Klyce. The discussion was moderated by Bruce Carse on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at the DGA Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Watch the Q & A embedded after the jump.

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This week, the Fight Club starts again with the release on Blu-ray of a tenth anniversary edition of David Fincher‘s fan favourite. Every frame of the film was scrutinised by the director, or so it says here, in order to ensure the transfer was reflective, finally, of the ideal realisation of the film. That sentence alone has probably shifted a skip full of copies. What’s likely to shift a heap more are the innovative interactive special features.

After the break you can view my interview with Ren Klyce, the film’s sound designer. As well as collaborating with Fincher since Se7en, he most recently earned the credits of supervising sound editor and sound re-recording mixer on Spike Jonze’ Where the Wild Things Are. He’s just the man to be out there plugging this new Fight Club disc too, as the best of the new special features revolves around his work in the sound department.

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