On the sound of ‘Black Swan’

Posted by · 9:03 am · December 14th, 2010

One of the most under-appreciated (I think) aspects of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” this year is the sound design. It’s a film that evokes not just an atmosphere but an overall experience, and a lot of that has to do with booming Tchaikovsky as well as suggestive aural effects.

So, leave it to the wonderful folks at SoundWorks Collection to illuminate these aspects of the film for us all. Sound designer and supervising sound editor Craig Henighan is interviewed in the clip, explaining the process of developing the overall sonic identity of the film.

I really hope the film can get some respect for these elements because I think a lot of that has plenty to do with what is effective in the film and what you take away once left entirely breathless by it. Have a look at SC’s profile on the film (perhaps my favorite one yet) after the jump.

[Photo: SoundWorks Collection]

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  • 1 12-14-2010 at 9:16 am

    JJ1 said...

    Anytime I heard the fluttering of feathers throughout .. I got goosebumps. :)

  • 2 12-14-2010 at 9:27 am

    Speaking English said...

    There’s a scene where Lily knocks on Nina’s apartment door, and in the theater the sound comes loudly from behind. When this happen two people (that I saw) immediately turned to their right and looked behind them. I’ve never seen this at a movie before. Kinda funny.

  • 3 12-14-2010 at 9:55 am

    Will said...

    Man, that’s some impressive stuff. Great to see how stuff I didn’t even notice added so much to what I liked about this movie. Black Swan has so many layers, man. Love it.

  • 4 12-14-2010 at 10:03 am

    JJ1 said...

    Gotta say: the sound, make-up, cinematography, and Portman’s performance are the strengths (for me), but I’m hoping this gets it’s due in many categories comes Oscar time.

    Kris, Guy, and whoever else, what is your response to those who say that Black Swan is lacking in characterization and thematic depth?

  • 5 12-14-2010 at 10:39 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s archetypal.

  • 6 12-14-2010 at 11:12 am

    JJ1 said...

    Does it being archetypal excuse those criticisms? Or do you just disagree? I personally thought the film was excellent on all accounts. I agree on it being archetypal. But, yeah, just curious as to your expert opinion(s). :)