On the sound of ‘Inception’

Posted by · 12:02 pm · July 20th, 2010

I totally meant to post this over the weekend as it’s been live since Saturday. Alas, I forgot.

I’ve been high on the guys at SoundWorks Collection since I stumbled across their work last year. As you know, we’ve always been concerned with shining a proper spotlight on below-the-line efforts in filmmaking. SoundWorks Collection focuses on sound mixing and sound editing in major releases with brief aurally-focused featurettes.

Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is unquestionably a beast of immersive sound design, so I’ve been waiting on for this one for a while. It features interviews with Gary Rizzo, Lora Hirschberg and Richard King. Head on over to SoundWorks Collection to watch the featurette, or click through to watch an embed.  I imagine we’ll be digging further into the craft aspects of the film later in the season when we launch our annual Tech Support interview series.

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8 responses so far

  • 1 7-20-2010 at 2:02 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    this is great, great sound

  • 2 7-20-2010 at 2:22 pm

    Speaking English said...

    It is. But did anyone else have trouble hearing some of the dialogue in parts, when the music was particularly loud? I had this very same issue with “The Dark Knight.”

  • 3 7-20-2010 at 2:29 pm

    bunbun said...

    Let’s hear the sound of the wobbling top.

  • 4 7-20-2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hans said...

    Ehh, my quibble was that we had a lot of actors with accents, so sometimes if they said something (particulary Watanabe), and it was in a hushed tone with the music in the background, I couldn’t make out what they were saying at all.

  • 5 7-20-2010 at 2:51 pm

    Jake D said...

    I was going to say the same thing, Speaking English. The dialogue was impossible to hear at times for me (although I was in a theater with a poor sound system, admittedly).

    Don’t know if that will be enough to keep it out of the mixing race though.

  • 6 7-20-2010 at 5:31 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    Having seen the film three times, twice in IMAX, I can say that a good sound system in your theatre is very crucial to being able to understand some of the dialogue. The IMAX theatre of course spoiled me because of it’s glorious enhanced sound quality. But I think Watanabe simply was havign a little trouble with his english, though I felt he was easier to understand in The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, and his brief scenes in Batman Begins. Maybe he was trying to talk too fast? After a second viewing I was able to understand him much better. Cotillard’s accent wasn’t hard for me to understand at all though.

  • 7 7-20-2010 at 5:58 pm

    Loyal said...

    Interesting reading the comments.

    I watched Inception for the third time today and still had problems understanding dialogue in several spots. The issue is almost exclusive to Watanabe though Hardy was hard to understand in a few spots as well.

    I normally don’t have issues with accents, so I figured it had something to do with the theatre’s sound system. But having now seen the film in three different theatres, that appears to not be the case.

  • 8 7-29-2010 at 4:57 am

    mcoil said...

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