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On the sound of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 7:18 pm · June 28th, 2011

I think “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” will be back for the full trio of Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects at the Oscars this year, after the franchise’s second installment managed only one of those. The sound work in particular is once again top notch, one of the most carefully sculpted and edited aural experiences I’ve heard in a theater.

Erik Aadahl, Peter Devlin, Jeff Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Ethan Van der Ryn, among others, were all back to their respective duties creating the soundscape of the film, and as always, the Soundworks Collection has done a wonderful job bringing that task to light.

In an accompanying interview of the featurette (which you can check out after the jump), Russell says, “It’s the most ambitious sound film I know, without question, I’ve ever been a part of,” and that’s a pretty bold statement for a guy with his resume.

Additionally, in Michael Bay’s letter to projectionists regarding the presentation of the film (which many knocked the director for, while applauding Terrence Malick for essentially the same thing — go figure), he notes, “Many theaters are presenting [the film] in the brand new 7.1 sound, which is awesome. This is the most complex, intricate sound track that me and my Academy Awarding winning sound team have done. They really out did themselves to make this a big picture experience.”

I agree whole-heartedly. At the end of the day, you may take issue (even serious issue) with the storytelling elements of the film, the acting, etc., but there is simply no doubting that the technical craftsmanship is state of the art. I hope everyone gets their due at the end of the year.

Here’s the full package:

(One last note: A big congrats to Russell and Scott Millan, who will head up an exciting new mixing venture Technicolor has been building at Paramount.)




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  • 1 6-28-2011 at 8:32 pm

    Phil said...

    “Certain Academy Awards like Sound and Visual Effects and Editing are sometimes referred to as technical awards. They’re not technical awards. They’re given for artistic decisions. And sometimes we make them better than others, and I guess we made a couple of good ones on this one.” – Randy Thom

  • 2 6-28-2011 at 8:52 pm

    Michael said...

    You can say whatever you want but the sound mixing and editing along with special effects for the Transformers films have been the best I’ve ever seen and heard.

  • 3 6-28-2011 at 9:11 pm

    The Z said...

    Too bad that Kevin O’Connell could the “Transformers 3″ gig — that guy needs an Oscar bad…

  • 4 6-28-2011 at 9:11 pm

    The Z said...

    That should be “couldn’t get.”

    Apologies.

  • 5 6-29-2011 at 12:48 am

    red_wine said...

    Kris, the sound on Cars 2 is sensational. It might be a player. The 3 racing scenes just exploded from the speakers. Very good stuff.

  • 6 6-29-2011 at 3:23 pm

    RealDogBoy said...

    I walked away from a midnight show unimpressed with the visual effects. Unless you believe that more is better, it’s hard to see how this could be an Oscar hopeful.

    The robots looked almost exactly like the ones in the first two movies and the big battle scene (Chicago) went on for way, way too long.

    One problem that I’ve had with all three of these movies is that, other than maybe the most familiar four Autobots, all of the robots look the same and seem to blend into a single lump of CGI chrome when they (endlessly) fight.

  • 7 6-29-2011 at 11:01 pm

    Rashad said...

    Great video. These definitely deserves an Oscar, and if ILM gets snubbed again that would be a joke.

  • 8 6-30-2011 at 10:48 am

    James said...

    As always their on top of their game along with the visual effects team. Didn’t like the film overall, but there were some moments even in that bloated finale that took my breath away whether its the men jumping out of the helicopter or the impressive set piece of the building falling over.

  • 9 7-02-2011 at 11:21 am

    whatafy said...

    My bet is that until Monday, Transformers will gross around $200 mil. since is the best part of the series.

  • 10 8-07-2011 at 2:31 am

    Bob said...

    Every single Transformers have given me a headache. Is TOO loud better ??? Its like Spinal Tap – playing at 11.

  • 11 8-07-2011 at 2:38 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    There are many films that are loud and blow your ears off. But the Transformers films are, each of them, very well-balanced and quite respected for as much.

    Respectfully, I think you may not have the ear for that if you think these are overbearing aurally.