On the sound of ‘Transformers’

Posted by · 9:47 am · December 30th, 2009

A few weeks back we told you about a new site called SoundWorks Collection, which has been doing a great job of featuring the sound mixing and sound editing on a number of the year’s contenders.  Using brief video pieces to illustrate an element of the industry that is still somewhat mysterious to many, I think they’re grounding it for general audiences quite well.

Most recently, the site featured the sound of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which was mixed by Gary Summers and Greg P. Russell and features an all-star sound crew that is sure to be recognized again.  Take a look:

We’ll be featuring Russell once again here in a couple of weeks via our Tech Support interview series.  As you know, he is the second-most nominated individual to never receive an Oscar (12 nods and counting).

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  • 1 12-30-2009 at 10:13 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I hope they do one on Avatar as well, since it’s the odds-on favorite to win both sound categories.

    I do think Star Trek could give it a run for its money though, at least in the sound editing category. Ben Burtt + Star Trek is a potent combination.

  • 2 12-30-2009 at 11:11 am

    Arthur Rochester said...

    Dear Kristopher,
    One of the few perks that Production Sound Mixers receive is Academy Award consideration for the months of arduous and frustrating labor they put into effects driven films like “Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen.” I agree that Gary Summers and Greg P. Russell did a phenomenal job creating and balancing sound effects in this movie, but in those all important silent moments that create maximum drama, it is the work of the production sound crew that shines bright. In your video, there is not a single mention of the importance of the incredible work done by the Production Sound Mixer, Geoffrey Patterson, and his production sound crew. I urge you to think about this and give proper credit where credit is due. I would like to see an interview with the production sound crews on all of the films up for Oscar Sound Mixing consideration and I am sure I do not stand alone.

  • 3 12-30-2009 at 11:21 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Arthur: It’s not my video. Take it up with SoundWorks Collection and try not to wrongfully suggest that I don’t have the proper respect for the below-the-line talent. I think regular readers would strongly beg to differ.

  • 4 12-30-2009 at 11:28 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    Kevin O’Connell will never win it. 20 and counting

  • 5 12-30-2009 at 11:57 am

    Arthur Rochester said...

    I stand corrected Kristopher. I thought you might have had something to do with this video. SoundWorks will be contacted about this oversight. The general audience must be educated to understand the process of filmmaking and the importance of total crew efforts. To some extent, that is the job of the journalist reporting on the process.

  • 6 12-30-2009 at 4:26 pm

    m1 said...

    I can’t believe Paramount is campaigning for it. The box office was COMPLETELY undeserved and I hope it lands NO nominations.

  • 7 12-30-2009 at 11:00 pm

    Leone said...

    This is fascinating. Really fascinating. It really makes you appreciate the incredible amount of work and creativity that goes into the art of crafting a motion picture. I went to the Soundworks web site and they have a video on there for Trek as well – Who knew that the sound of the Enterprise doors is actually a toilet flushing on a Russian train!?! Thanks for always covering the crafts, IN Contention — it’s so interesting to read about this stuff. The Transformers work in the video is pretty nifty.

  • 8 12-31-2009 at 12:21 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    You people should watch the Star Trek featurette. Russian toilets flushing. Greatest nominee ever if it happens.