On the sound of ‘Salt’

Posted by · 2:04 pm · July 26th, 2010

The most recent predictions update substituted “The Last Airbender” (which failed miserably with critics) with “Salt” in the sound categories, and it wasn’t blind speculation. After all, the sound crew consists of such multi-lauded talents as Scott Millan and Greg P. Russell. Russell, as you know, has racked up some 13 nominations without a win.

The trusty folks at SoundWorks Collection have once again produced a stellar featurette that really puts you into the world of the sound mixers and editors on the project. There’s plenty of discussion about blending the various elements together as well as discussion of James Newton Howard’s score, which is another great pulse-pounding effort form the composer.

At the end of the day, this could be a surprise pair of nods akin to the “Wanted” one-two punch in 2008.  So watch out.  Head on over to SoundWorks Collection to see the 6-minute video, or click on through to watch an embed after the jump.

[Photo: SoundWorks Collection]

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  • 1 7-26-2010 at 2:56 pm

    m1 said...

    If the film does not get a nod in at least one sound category, I will bite my head off.

  • 2 7-26-2010 at 3:36 pm

    McAllister said...

    I was impressed by the technical merit of the film… moreso than the artistic, for sure. I liked it. Sound and score were noticeably good.

  • 3 7-26-2010 at 3:39 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    Although it may merit a sound nomination, I thing this film will be forgotten when January comes around.

  • 4 7-26-2010 at 4:19 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...


    I’m sure many thought that about Wanted, too.

  • 5 7-26-2010 at 11:50 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I think Wanted was always a bigger deal, really. It had a better and more famous supporting cast, was notably bigger at the box office, and had sequel talks going on for awhile (I think the idea of a sequel was recently canned after Jolie said she doesn’t want to do a second film, actually). Salt is much more forgettable since the only name it has is Angelina Jolie.

    Furthermore, it’ll probably also be shut out by the other hi-tech movies this year. HTTYD, TS3, Inception, Iron Man 2 (which will be remembered because of Iron Man), TRON: Legacy, Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables, Legend of the Guardians (which I think you are totally unfairly ignoring, by the way. I know the academy doesn’t love Snyder, but I don’t think you’ve mentioned LotG at all), Megamind, Despicable Me, etc. Salt simply feels like the most forgettable of all of those.

  • 6 7-27-2010 at 8:47 am

    Ben M. said...

    The movie itself is only pretty good but not great. But I do feel the sound work really stood out, probably the best sound mix of any of the summer action movies (Green Zone is the tops for the year IMO, but unlike Salt has very little chance at an oscar nod).

  • 7 7-27-2010 at 10:20 am

    McAllister said...

    It might come down to a campaign ads to remind people… but do people pay attention to campaign ads when considering sound nominations?

  • 8 7-27-2010 at 11:06 am

    Ben M. said...

    Well, it is the only the sound people who do the nominating in these categories, so I’m sure it will be a focus for those members (the only other category they get to vote in for nominations is best picture). And there are plenty of FYC ads which target the tech categories.

  • 9 7-27-2010 at 11:25 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    McAllister: No, the sound guys know each other’s work quite well. Most of them are pretty responsible with their vote.