Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fire reported at Skywalker Ranch

Sadly, no sound news today. Yesterday afternoon a chimney fire started at the Main House in Skywalker Ranch.

“The private Skywalker fire crew called for help from the Marin County Fire Department, which called for backup firefighters from San Rafael. No one was injured, said county fire Battalion Chief Mike Giannini. The cause was under investigation, but Giannini said the fire apparently started in the area of a fireplace.
Giannini said the extra firefighters were called in to make sure the fire didn't spread throughout the building.”

According to a Lucasfilm spokeswoman, the fire incident caused  “little to no damage”.
You can read more about it here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The sound world of Cars 2

Pixar's Cars 2 was released today and as usual in all Pixar films the sound was handled by Skywalker Sound.
This movie brought again the collaboration between director John Lasseter and sound designer Tom Myers (just like in Cars). Hear from Myers, sound effects editor Al Nelson and score composer Michael Giacchino about the making of the soundtrack for this new adventure of Lightening McQueen and Mater.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

G4TV visits Skywalker Ranch

Hello there 2011, we are back for some more. If I'm not wrong (the camera moves a bit hectically so I'm not 100% sure), the room that Matthew Wood shows, used to be the sound designer room mainly used by Gary Rydstrom and later on by Randy Thom.

There is little to be learned from this, but it is always neat to catch a fresh glimpse from the ranch and the great people that work there.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sound of The Social Network

The Social Network
David Fincher’s new film, The Social Network, tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the origin of Facebook. It’s not often that we get sound news and profiles about dialog heavy films that make virtually no use of visual effects. This kind of films are usually very interesting sound-wise and also hard to do, as the soundscape has to be believable and unobtrusive.
Responsible for mixing this film were Ren Klyce, David Parker and Michael Semanick. In charge of sound design and supervising sound editing duties was Ren Klyce, who also did sound design for most of Fincher's films (including Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Also worth checking out is the soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Certainly not your everyday music for film, and rather something that fans of Nine Inch Nails will particularly enjoy.