• Sound Is as Vital as the Visuals

    The Unmistakable Roar of Godzilla

  • Godzilla, one of the world's most iconic movie monsters, crashed into theatres again this year. The film's producer, director, and sound designer discuss how what you hear is at least as important as what you see, and how Dolby Atmos brought the famous roar to life.

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  • Behind the Roar

    Before you see the monster, you may hear him. The thundering footsteps. The chilling roar. When Godzilla makes his presence known, it's often your ears that are first alerted to the impending chaos.

    The production team that brought Godzilla to life for the 2014 movie understood that the monster's roar was the key to creating an awesome cinema experience.

    "The original Godzilla roar from 1954 is probably the most famous sound effect in film history," says Erik Aadahl, sound designer for Godzilla. "Redesigning it comes with a lot of responsibility."

    "You can go anywhere in the world, play it, and people know what it is," agrees producer Thomas Tull.

    With that in mind, the Godzilla sound team worked with Dolby Atmos to create the most vibrant sound possible.

    "Godzilla in [Dolby] Atmos is going to be quite an experience," says Aadahl. "It's not just [speakers in] the walls and the rear walls. It's basically a hemisphere wrapped all around the audience, and because of that we can create a much more immersive environment."

  • "What you hear is every bit as important as what you see."

    Erik Aadahl, Sound Designer, Godzilla

    • Director Gareth Edwards discusses Dolby Atmos.

    • Interviewed on the red carpet for the Godzilla premiere, Director Gareth Edwards talked about how Dolby Atmos helps give the roar greater intensity.

      "When you're in Dolby Atmos, there's this thing where you basically recreate the theatre in 3D space, and you have objects that represent sound—they fly around," says Edwards.

      "The reason the roar I think works, because it's so loud, is that there's quiet beforehand," Edwards says. "It's that kind of contrast that gives things power and value."

      Even if you hide your eyes at the approach of the 500-foot monster, your ears won't let you escape the presence of Godzilla.