Dane A. Davis on ‘The Matrix’

November 1, 2014

When sound designer/supervising sound editor Dane A. Davis, MPSE, attended the audience preview for The Matrix (1999), he — as well as directors Andy and Lana Wachowski (then known as the Wachowski Brothers) — had no idea what to expect. […]

What Does A Wormhole Sound Like?

November 1, 2014

It’s not surprising that director Christopher Nolan drove the sound to a greater extent than ever before on his first space adventure, Interstellar, opening November 7 through Paramount Pictures. That’s because it was pivotal that the organic nature of the aesthetic worked for soundscape and imagery alike.

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Jay Boekelheide on ‘The Right Stuff’

November 1, 2013

The canvas of The Right Stuff (1983) is rightly thought of as large — Herculean, even. In recounting the history of America’s valiant test pilots and astronauts, writer-director Philip Kaufman’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s acclaimed book is peopled by an enormous cast, and it traverses the earth, sea and outer space. […]

Stand Up for Your Work!

May 1, 2013

The idea of standing while sound editing had been in my mind for many years. My initial thoughts were that it would be too hard to be on my feet all day, and I didn’t really have any idea how to do it from a practical standpoint. […]

My Father, the Soundman: Coming Full Circle on the Fox Lot

September 1, 2012

My anticipation was always a mixture of excitement and fear — excitement that I was going to the studio where my father made movies, but fear because the actual reason for the visit was to see the dentist, which, given my age, could mean the extraction of baby teeth. The fear usually won out. […]

75 Best Edited Films: By the Numbers

May 1, 2012

The 75 Best Edited Films’ years of release range from the 1920s to the 2010s — with 3 titles each in both of those decades. Most of the films cited are from the 1970s (17), followed by the ‘90s (16), the ‘60s (13), the ‘50s (8), the ‘00s (7), the ‘80s (5) and the ‘40s (3). Curiously, there were no films chosen from the 1930s. […]

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