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What film/s do you think have the best sound effects so far and why ? Pitch & Harmony Plugins
Old 11th August 2008
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Best Film Sound

It all depends on the type of film. Here are a few of my favorites.

Dialog Driven:

1. O Brother Where Art Thou
2. The Big Lebowski
3. The Sacrifice

All great examples of using sound to enhance characters and the story. Very subtle. Very effective. Check out the sound of Sam Elliott's voice in the Big Lebowski. The chains, cars and trains in O Brother. The Sacrifice is about as subtle as it gets. If you want to use quiet to set a mood, it's well worth a listen. Then the jet fly overs for an extreme example of using dynamics to build tension.

Animation:

1. The Incredibles: The variety of machine and motion sounds is...well... incredible.
2. The Polar Express (Check out the scene where the train first shows up) Awesome use of dynamics. This scene goes from pure air and very subtle foley to gut shaking and everything in between. Randy Thom and his team do another really creative job.

Live Action:

1. Saving Private Ryan (The opening battle scene is a masterpiece of surround sound design) The bullets sizzle, the motor noise of the LCI's, the POV audio going in and out of the water.

2. Contact: The opening sound design sequence that goes with the shot of the camera moving away from the earth and the radio waves getting more dense and older in time as the camera moves further and further into space.

There are dozens more and many older films worth studying.
Old 12th August 2008
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Hey, I think Amélie is an overlooked film in this catagory. Most people tend to remember the design in action flicks because it's so big and in your face. But Amélie is a true triumph of Foley, subtle Fx work, and a really proper mixdown that brings all the little details to life.

Another understated sound design favorite of mine is Ratatouille, the smooth and subtle fx work of the water, the dishes, boiling soup, and little rat's feet really bring this one to life. Again, it's not in your face, but it's expertly crafted.
Old 12th August 2008
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I just watched DARK NIGHT on Friday..
(i could have done with a bit less pitch effect on the voice, but unto itself, not horrible)....
Yikes, batman's pitched voice was incredibly distracting IMO..
I want to be fair, and assume (hope) that it may not be the mixer's fault - it could be that the director insisted on it, but what a distracting mess that was..
Old 12th August 2008
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I just watched DARK NIGHT on Friday.. Loved the sound design, and completely hated the sound mix.

When the movie finished my ears physically hurt. The desire to cover my ears took me completely out of my suspended disbelief and pulled be back into the theatre. thus destroying the adventure for me....
I felt exactly the same way after viewing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Old 12th August 2008
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I felt exactly the same way after viewing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Try going to the Bake Off sometime. That Academy Theater is Loud plus 6db.
Old 13th August 2008
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One film I saw that had great sound was "House of Flying Daggers"

Amazing attention to detail.
Old 17th August 2008
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a few of my favourites:

Microcosmos (& Winged Migration too) for foley

Inland Empire for sound design

No Country for Old Men for fx, ambience, foley

Six Iron for (lack of) dialogue

Tony Takitani for score
Old 17th August 2008
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What (singular, or your own top ten list of) films on dvd, or not yet, do you currently regard as having the best sound effects created (or the most brilliant combo of both sound effects and sound) so far AND WHY ?
A lot of anime (not that I'm a massive fan most of the time) has great sfx work, as does most work from Japan in general.
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Star wars new ones (pity about the films as a whole)
300 (amazing stereo positioning in a semi-decent cinema)
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Old 17th July 2010
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how about transformers

I think the sound design is very good. The shooting was terrible, too much close ups but the voices of the transformers and the overall sound was very good.
Old 17th July 2010
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transformers (1 or 2) - interesting fx track. whole mix was wayyyy too loud. really hurt.

"There will be blood" - incredible integration of fx and score. The claustrophobic foley-centric opening sequence, the creaking grind of the machinery before they hit oil... so many moments of brilliance.

Wall E - lovely detail and crisp, intricate fx and yet not overly SciFi. I guess thats a ben burtt touch that not many can replicate..
Old 17th July 2010
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Recently was fairly impressed by MicMacs by the chap whom directed Amelie, hilarious and integral use of sound design to the plot.

Wondering does anyone know the who and how of the grunts machineguns in Aliens 2?. Probably one of my favorite singular fx.
Old 18th July 2010
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Old 18th July 2010
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Kill Bill...1
Old 18th July 2010
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LFE and foley...
Kill Bill... The coffin scene is a excellent example.
U-571 (damn the LFE...) and Das Boot

5.1 home cinema:
Starwars, Armageddon (overlooked I think).
Old 19th July 2010
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Anything that sounds so naturalistic you don't even think about it.
"in your face" fx and "excellent sound design" are always nice but...

For this guy, making things sound naturalistic is the real trick.

A couple great mentions here already that I'll side with:

There Will Be Blood (opening scene)
No Country For Old Men (love pictures that don't 'NEED' music--this also goes for CASTAWAY)
Wall-E

And, LeMauce, I'm very curious...
What exactly do you mean about 'the coffin scene' for Kill Bill?
I have my thoughts but want to hear what you say first.



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Old 20th July 2010
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So many good picks...

'Snatch" for sound design

If you haven't checked out this Guy Ritchie classic yet do yourself the favor (Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels is another great flick). Great creativity in the design that helps to really drive some of the scenes home (fight scenes especially).

Also very cool use of music- certain characters have their own theme which is a really nice subtle touch.
Old 20th July 2010
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a spanish movie called Alatriste. very realistic sounds. very good job at mixing as well. i usually steer for the big hollywood blockbuster but this medium budget foreign film blew my mind on how realistic it sounded.
Old 20th July 2010
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Lord of the Rings Trilogy. So much happening in this series with sounds of all types.

David Farmer was the most active sound effects recordist going out around the world capturing unique wide frequency stereo-surround resource sounds for use exclusively in this film project.

He has purchased several custom built stereo-surround mic systems from me for that and other film projects he's worked on and continues to work. See my film credits page for more: Sonic Studios Film Sound Designer Credits
Old 20th July 2010
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Wall-E and LOTR

Wall-E has NO talking for the first 30 min, yet it's still captivating.
Old 23rd July 2010
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One of my favorites is the opening scene in Contact where the camera moves away from earth while we hear the cacophony of broadcast sounds. As the POV moves further into the cosmos the sounds get older and fewer. Brilliant, simple, clever and extremely well executed.

The beach landing in Saving Private Ryan was also really well done.

Almost anything Ben Burtt, Gary Rydstrom or Walter Murch and their teams do you can find a treasure trove of things to learn from.
Old 24th July 2010
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Like most...

Aliens (Alien sounds created from scratch... keeps you clenched in your seat)
Predator
Wall-E
Tron
Ghostbusters

top my list... other honorable mentions would be

Flight of the Navigator
The Matrix (Everything felt appropriate. Everything made me feel like I was apart of the experience rather than the movie. The music also provided a great amount of suspense)
T2 (so many explosions and guns I could only imagine how difficult that was to plan for)
Transformers (Live action movie)
SW: Episode 1 (Yea the story was bleh, but the sound effects and music were gold imo, not bad for the first SW movie to use Pro Tools)
Batman (Michael Kention flavor)
Beatlejuice
Honey I shrunk the Kids
The Abyss (the quality of the production audio used was great for its time)
Toy Story Series
Jurassic Park (Like was said before... just hearing/feeling that rumble of the T-rex approach was worth every penny I paid...3x)
Willow
Old 25th July 2010
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No love for 'Master and Commander' yet?

The first 15 minutes of that film are incredible for sound. First bit makes you really feel like you're on a boat - shut your eyes and you can practically feel yourself swaying!

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Old 26th July 2010
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Going way, way back is one of my first favorites in major film sound.

The Sci-Fi cult favorite 1995 film "Strange Days" all taking place on the night of New Years Eve in New York. This films plot, action, and sound quality is awesome.

The huge crowds and nightclub scenes have some of the most realistic surround sound of any film to date.

All done by award winning Gary Rydstrom who recorded to portable DAT deck the previous year's New York Eve/nightclub crowds using a custom headworn stereo-surround mic I made and sold to Skywalker Sound in late 1993.
Old 26th July 2010
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The first part of Wall-E was very emotive for me, great engaging soundscapes.
Old 26th July 2010
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The first part of Wall-E was very emotive for me, great engaging soundscapes.
Ben Burtt did virtually ALL the post sound design/effects on that film and has worked a lot of the most highly respected releases to date.
Old 26th July 2010
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have to add Inception.

WOW, just WOW.
Old 26th July 2010
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No Country for Old Men...
Old 26th July 2010
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Too many good films to have a list of faves, but the Star Wars films keep putting a smile on my face.

Then there's a Kung-Fu movie called "Hero" where there's a scene that has thousands of arrows impacting a roof. To me it sounded like every single arrow had it's own sound and it's own location in the soundfield. Jaw-droppingly awesome work thumbsup
Old 26th July 2010
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One of my favorites is the opening scene in Contact where the camera moves away from earth while we hear the cacophony of broadcast sounds. As the POV moves further into the cosmos the sounds get older and fewer. Brilliant, simple, clever and extremely well executed.

The beach landing in Saving Private Ryan was also really well done.

Almost anything Ben Burtt, Gary Rydstrom or Walter Murch and their teams do you can find a treasure trove of things to learn from.

Yes, yes, and yes!
(loved Contact, myself--well done, engaging sound)

And I just got some good 'audio chuckles' from Toy Story 3 last night.

Jeff
Old 30th July 2010
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The Conversation.
Talk about sound integrated with the script...

And I still want the noise reduction device Hackman uses to fase out the drums!!!
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