Go behind the scenes with top sound artists and creative teams on the Dolby Institute Podcast
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Leading with Sound in video game development with Rob Bridge…
How to work with A-list directors with sound designer Skip L…
Academy Award-winning sound artist Skip Lievsay has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of the last several decades, including Martin Scorsese, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Moore, Alfonso Cuarón, and now, the Coen Brothers. In this interview, Skip discusses being brave enough to experiment, even if that leads to some awkward moments on the mix stage.
The sound of Ghost of Tsushima
The Sound of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
The sound of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley
Guillermo del Toro: A masterclass on sound and film
Jane Campion and the sound of The Power of the Dog
Sir Kenneth Branagh and the sound of Belfast
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the sound of tick, tick... Boom!
Embracing sonic nostalgia with Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Crafting action, pathos, and humor in No Time to Die
Edgar Wright and the sound and music of Last Night in Soho
Director Denis Villeneuve and his sound team discuss Dune
Come From Away
We chat with the creators of Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, and the latest to get a streaming release, this time on Apple TV+. Joining us are the creators and writers of the book, music, and lyrics, David Hein and Irene Sankoff, and director Christopher Ashley.
Deciphering the language of whales in Fathom
Dr. Michelle Fournet and Dr. Ellen Garland, the scientists featured in the new Apple TV+ documentary Fathom, believe the songs of the humpback whales to be perhaps the oldest form of verbal communication between intelligent life on planet Earth. A language and culture which may predate humans by millions of years.
WandaVision — A totally different kind of Marvel series
WandaVision mixes stylistic formats in some truly bizarre, but also satisfying, ways. At times it harkens back to the sitcoms of yesteryear — even filming part of an episode live in front of a studio audience, in order to capture an authentic laugh track — and other times like what one would expect from a series taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So how did the sound team pull all these disparate stylistic elements into such a cohesive and satisfying amalgamation? Well, we sat down with them to ask exactly that.
Sir David Attenborough's A Life on Our Planet
Sonic world-building on Love Death + Robots
Asking the big existential questions with Nine Days
The understated, tragic storytelling of The Crown
Sundance Film Festival: Summertime
Breaking In: How top industry pros got their start
We've asked some of the top professionals in the fields of cinematography, animation, sound, producing, and directing how they got their start and the answers were surprising even to us!
In the Heights – from stage to screen
Making chess exciting for viewers — The Queen's Gambit
Episode 87: An illuminating discussion with The Mosquito Coa…
Episode 86: Sound design as score in The Killing of Two Love…
Episode 85: Edgar Wright and Julian Slater rerelease Scott P…
Episode 84: Innovative Sound Design for Short Films
Episode 83: Best Animated Feature: Oscars 2021
Episode 82: Best Cinematography Nominees: Oscars 2021
Our 2021 Oscars® coverage continues with the nominees for Best Cinematography. Not everyone could make it, but we were pleased to speak with three inspiring cinematographers: Sean Bobbitt (Judas and the Black Messiah), Erik Messerschmidt (Mank), and Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7.)
Episode 81: Best Sound Nominees: Oscars 2021
We begin our 2021 Oscars coverage with the nominees for Best Sound. For the first time, we've interviewed all the nominees for a category and edited them together into a single podcast.
Episode 80: The Best Sound Oscar Category, Explained
The Board of Governors from the Academy’s Sound Branch discuss the new Best Sound category and what it means for audiences watching the films at home.
Episode 79: Pixar's creative process: The making of Soul
Episode 78: The power of cinematic sound & images
Directors Rebecca Hall (Passing) and Natalia Almada (Users), recipients of the Dolby Institute Fellowship at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, discuss how their films use image and sound in intimate, almost personal ways.
Episode 77: David Fincher and Ren Klyce on the making of Man…
Acclaimed director and long-time collaborator and sound designer discuss the challenges of creating the film Mank in black and white, 1:33, and in mono, like an artifact from Hollywood's "Golden Age."
Episode 76: Sundance Film Festival in the time of COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic means this year’s Sundance Film Festival will be entirely virtual. But what exactly does a virtual film festival look like?
Episode 75: The sound of storytelling
Dolby recently co-presented a panel at the Television Academy Foundation with some of this year’s sound nominees. We’ve added some clips to the conversation.
Episode 74: Dolby Vision roundtable (Part 2)
Join us as we dive deeper into the actual process and tips for HDR and WCG color grading as well as the full Dolby Vision metadata creation and trim pass.
Episode 73: Sundance Co//ab: sound design for indie movies
The filmmakers discuss how to communicate the subjective experience of your main character using sound and tips for hiring and working with your sound team.
Episode 72: Dolby Vision roundtable (Part 1)
Learn about the origins of Dolby Vision and how Dolby helped change the game for immersive cinema and home entertainment.
Episode 71: The sound of Unorthodox
The sound team discusses making the ultra-Orthodox community feel authentic and using sound for flashbacks to reveal the details of Esty’s story.
Episode 70: The sound of Locke and Key
The sound team talks about creating the show's fantastic sounds, including a terrifying mirror room and whispering keys that only children can hear.
Episode 69: The sound of Ozark
The sound team takes us through creating the sonic environments of riverboat casinos and basement dungeons, and how they build tension throughout season 3.
Episode 68: The sound of Mindhunter
The sound team talks about setting the acoustic tone of the series, Fincher’s mix notes and unique approach to the sound of serial killer interrogation scene...
Episode 67: The sound of Hamilton
The creative team discusses adapting the live show into the cinematic world and how Dolby Atmos gives home audiences a transformative theatrical experience.
Episode 66: The sound of Westworld
The sound team discusses mixing the show natively in Dolby Atmos and the challenges of finishing post-production as the world went into COVID-19 lockdown.
Episode 65: The sound of The Mandalorian with Bonnie Wild
Bonnie Wild, rerecording mixer and sound effects editor of the Star Wars show from Disney+, talks about cinematic scale and production value on a TV budget.
Episode 64: A conversation with Mark Ulano
Academy Award-winning production sound mixer ( Ad Astra , Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood ) discusses how to keep your cool on a tense movie set.
Episode 63: The sound of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Oscar®-nominated sound team how they recreated 1969 Los Angeles and why Tarantino chooses to use songs rather than a traditional musical score.
Episode 62: The sound of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Oscar®-nominated sound editors discuss working with director J.J. Abrams, recording lines in Adam Driver’s closet, and working on previous Star Wars film...
Episode 61: The sound of Ad Astra with Gary Rydstrom
The seven-time Academy Award-winning sound designer discusses using subliminal ambiences, manipulated vocal loops, and strategically used distortion.
Episode 60: The sound of 1917
The Oscar®-winning sound team discusses ensuring that even background chatter is historically realistic and the importance of on-set sound for creating...
Episode 59: The sound of Ford v Ferrari
The Oscar®-winning sound team discusses how they made a long, race car sequence sound interesting and other challenges in the film which won Best Sound...
Episode 58: The sound of Joker
The Oscar®-winning sound team discusses how they used impressionistic sound design to get inside Arthur Fleck’s mind and capture a gritty 1970s Gotham City.
Episode 57: Conversations with sound artists – The Irishman
Sound collaborators Eugene Gearty and Tom Fleischman talk about working with Scorsese, de-aging the actors' voices, and the film’s minimalist soundtrack.
Episode 56: The visual design of Star Wars
Lucasfilm design supervisor James Clyne shares how J.J. Abrams reimagined the X-Wing fighter and how they researched and built various Death Star interiors.
Episode 55: Conversations with sound artists – Star Wars
Co-sound supervisors, Matthew Wood and David Acord, share nearly two decades of Star Wars experience including audio restorations of the original films.
Episode 54: Conversations with sound artists – Uncut Gems
The filmmakers, composer, and sound team discuss how they used sound design and music to create the perilous, uncomfortable world of Adam Sandler’s character.
Episode 53: Conversations with sound artists – Rocketman
The picture editor and sound team for the Elton John biopic, discuss the film’s unique blend of prerecorded music, live singing on set, and postrecorded songs.
Episode 52: The making of Ford v Ferrari
The sound team talks about carving out moments for internal character sounds to come through and tracking down the original cars to keep the film sounding real.
Episode 51: Conversations with sound artists – Carnival Row
The show’s sound mixers explain how they created the sound of faerie wings and why Dolby Atmos was part of the series’ sound concept right from the beginning.
Episode 50: The sound of Stranger Things 3
Join the sound team for a discussion about keeping creature sounds fresh and new, and delivering cinema-quality sound on an episodic schedule and budget.
Episode 49: Conversations with film sound legends
Find out why Wall-E’s voice made some people cry and about the role of subjective sound in creative storytelling in this talk with some film sound legends.
Episode 48: The sound of Ralph Breaks the Internet
The co-directors and producer discuss how the Oscar®-nominated team achieved the complex visual design of the film and the role of sound in their storytellin...
Episode 47: The Making of A Star Is Born
The Oscar®-nominated sound-mixing team discusses how doing impulse responses in each of the venues let them recreate the sound of the arenas in post-producti...
Episode 46: The Making of Roma
The writer/director and his Oscar®-nominated sound artists discuss the detailed work that went into re-creating the Mexico City of his 1970s childhood.
Episode 45: The sound of First Man (Part 2)
The Oscar®-nominated sound mixer talks about the complex system they devised to record dialogue inside the astronauts’ helmets in the cramped space capsule.
Episode 44: The sound of First Man (Part 1)
The Oscar®-nominated team discusses how the film’s documentary-look influenced the soundscape, and how the sound underpinned the danger of early space flight...
Episode 43: The sound of Bohemian Rhapsody
The Oscar®-winning sound team discusses how sound design helped to get inside Freddie Mercury’s head and recreate the famous 1985 Live-Aid concert.
Episode 42: The sound of A Quiet Place
The Oscar®-nominated sound artists discuss building the soundscape for a “silent” movie and creating a monster who hunts and navigates using only its hearing.
Episode 41: The making of Black Panther
The Oscar®-nominated sound artists talk about the influences behind the sound design of Wakanda technology and constructing the fight scenes in a waterfall.
Episode 40: The sound of Incredibles 2
The writer/director and producer of this Oscar®-nominated film discuss returning for the sequel and the fight scene between baby Jack-Jack and the raccoon.
Episode 39: The sound of Black Panther
Composer and supervising sound editor talk about integrating African music into a symphonic score and sound design for futuristic Wakanda technology.
Episode 38: The sound of A Star Is Born
The sound artists talk about grabbing crowd scenes between sets at music festivals, and how Bradley Cooper wasn’t your typical first-time director.
Episode 37: The sound of Mary Queen of Scots
Director Josie Rourke explains how the desire to tell “better versions of our history” gave her purpose with this story, and the importance of silence.
Episode 36: The sound of Roma with Skip Lievsay
Oscar®-winning sound artist, Skip Lievsay, talks about his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s epic black-and-white film about his own childhood in 1970s Mexico City.
Episode 35: Best moments with sound artists: 2018 Oscars®
In this compilation episode, we talk with the sound artists behind Baby Driver , Blade Runner 2049 , The Shape of Water , Star Wars: The Last Jedi , and...
Episode 34: The sound of Dunkirk
The Oscar®-winning sound team behind Christopher Nolan’s film, explain how the carefully engineered track builds and maintains tension for the entire movie.
Episode 33: The sound of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Oscar®-nominated sound artists talk about the challenges and opportunities of joining an already-established sound universe while adding their own spin.
Episode 32: The sound of The Shape of Water
The Academy Award®-nominated artists behind Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water share how the creature’s sound design evolves over the course of the film.
Episode 31: The sound of Blade Runner 2049
The Oscar®-nominated sound team behind Blade Runner 2049 talks about how they paid homage to the iconic original film while breaking new sonic ground.
Episode 30: The sound of Baby Driver
Oscar®-nominated sound artists discuss the challenges of mixing the crafted sound design and dialogue to blend with a driving music track in Baby Driver .
Episode 29: Creating sound for the Coen Brothers
Burwell and Lievsay talk about their 30-year collaboration with the Coen Brothers, spanning 17 films, including Raising Arizona and No Country for Old Men .
Episode 28: Collaborators - War for the Planet of the Apes
After a four-film collaboration ( Cloverfield , War for the Planet of the Apes ), the creative team discusses sound challenges in their work.
Episode 27: Collaborators Joe Wright and Craig Berkey
This creative pair ( Darkest Hour , The Soloist , Pan ) talk about using sound to build worlds, and Wright shares how London’s rave scene affected his use of...
Episode 26: Collaborators Darren Aronofsky & Craig Henighan
Join boundary-pushing director, Aronofsky with his longtime sound supervisor Henighan, discussing their work on Requiem for a Dream , Black Swan , and mother!
Episode 25: Sound Supervisor Richard King
Triple Oscar®-winner Richard King discusses his remarkable collaboration with Christopher Nolan, from The Prestige to Dunkirk .
Episode 24: Collaborators Edgar Wright and Julian Slater
Talented creative duo Wright and Slater chat about their remarkable five film collaboration, from Shawn of the Dead to Baby Driver .
Episode 23: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
This team of Oscar®-studded sound artists talk about working on Michael Bay’s film, nominated for Best Sound Mixing, including the film’s chaotic battle...
Episode 22: The sound of Sully with Alan Murray
Two-time Academy Award® winner Alan Murray (Best Sound Editing) discusses his 37th film collaboration with director Clint Eastwood.
Episode 21: The sound of La La Land
What does it take to create the sound for a contemporary movie musical? La La Land ’s Academy Award®-winning and nominated sound artists share their stories.
Episode 20: The sound of Hacksaw Ridge
Academy Award®-nominated sound artists discuss their work on Mel Gibson’s film including the challenges of using period-accurate weaponry.
Episode 19: The sound of Deepwater Horizon
Renée Tondelli (Academy Award® nominee for Best Sound Editing with Wylie Stateman) discusses the sound design of Peter Berg’s film.
Episode 18: The sound of Arrival
Sylvain Bellemare (Best Sound Editing) and Bernard Gariépy Strobl (Best Sound Mixing) discuss the unique challenges of building Arrival’s alien soundscapes.
Episode 17: Walter Murch: sound and film editing (Part 2)
Fellow sound designers Randy Thom and Chris Foster pose questions to Walter Murch, and we discuss the state of cinema sound before and after Apocalypse Now .
Episode 16: Walter Murch: sound and film editing (Part 1)
Triple Academy Award®-winner Walter Murch ( The Godfather , Apocalypse Now , The English Patient ) answers questions from fellow sound designers, Ren Klyce a...
Episode 15: Sound and music in Creed and Fruitvale Station
Writer/director Ryan Coogler, composer Ludwig Göransson, and sound designer Steve Boeddeker discuss their use of sound and music in Creed and Fruitvale Stati...
Episode 14: Jad Abumrad: The sound of Radiolab
Radiolab creator and co-host, Jad Abumrad, talks about how he uses music as a metaphor to explore abstract topics, and telling complex stories without words.
Episode 13: John Roesch: The art of Foley
Legendary Foley artist John Roesch ( E.T. , Back to the Future , Inception ) discusses his impressive career and why Foley can't come from an effects library.
Episode 12: Sound and visual art – creative collaboration
Visual artist Sophie Clements and her sound design/music collaborator Jo Wills discuss how they use sound and images to instill wonder, awe, and seduction.
Episode 11: Tim Gedemer: Sound for VR
Tim Gedemer, one of the most experienced virtual reality sound artists reveals why traditional filmmakers tend to stumble in their first VR experiences.
Episode 10: Nevin Steinberg: The sound of Hamilton
Leading Broadway sound designer Nevin Steinberg discusses his work on hit shows including Hamilton , Bright Star , The Full Monty , and Spamalot .
Episode 9: The sound of The Revenant
Academy Award® nominees Lon Bender and Martín Hernández discuss their BAFTA-winning work on The Revenant and recording Foley on real snow (with horses!).
Episode 8: The sound of Mad Max: Fury Road
Oscar®-nominated sound artists Mark Mangini and David White, talk about the challenges of managing such an epic production, and the use of silence in chaos.
Episode 7: The sound of Sicario with Alan Murray
Two-time Academy Award® winner Alan Murray, discusses how low-end sound can heighten tension and his 40-year collaboration with Clint Eastwood.
Episode 6: Daniel Colman: sound for Television
Emmy® award-winning sound designer Daniel Colman ( Battlestar Galactica and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ) shares why musicians make the best sound...
Episode 5: Gwen Yates Whittle: dialogue editing and ADR
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Gwen Yates Whittle reveals why director George Lucas thinks dialogue editing is one of the most important parts of the proces...
Episode 4: Anna Behlmer: The art of sound mixing
Ten-time Academy Award® nominee Anna Behlmer talks about being one of the first female mixers in the movie business and how to handle a nervous director.
Episode 3: Coll Anderson: Creative sound for documentaries
Sound designer/mixer Coll Anderson discusses the role that creative post-production sound can serve in telling non-narrative stories.
Episode 2: Video game sound design with Naughty Dog Studios
Explore gaming sound design with Rob Krekel and Phillip Kovats of Naughty Dog Studios, one of the world’s most successful video game production houses.
Episode 1: Randy Thom: Writing for sound
Skywalker Sound, director of sound design, shares how writers and directors can use sound to tell stories, and Apocalypse Now’s role in modern sound design.