Have you seen the film Gravity yet? Highly recommended! You get a view from space you’ve never seen in a movie before. It’s very much computerised but it looks real. Because of that computerised process there’s a lot of controversial discussion surrounding the movie. But this is not something I’d like to discuss. What I want to bring to the table is the usage of sound effects, the score and the mix. All those elements are very much connected/related in this movie. In a way you could put the whole audio thing under the sound design label, because that’s what it is, it all blends together.
And it’s very well done. All effects are glued to the visual elements happening in the movie. Visuals and audio are totally connected. They are like two dance partner dancing together.
SoundWorks Collection talked with director Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work about how they created this dramatic sound scape. Check it:
But there’s a thing they don’t mention, this thing that reminds me of the climax of A Day In The Life by The Beatles. That big orchestral climax were all instruments go from a low note to the highest note, not trying to play a pretty chord but creating a disharmonic sound which is abruptly being cut off by silence at it’s peak level. A climax like that is used all over the place in this movie. In the SoundWorks Collection video you can hear this effect starting from 8:45 ’till 8:52.
Just to make sure, the climax of A Day In The Life by The Beatles can be heard in the video below at 1:55 ’till 2:17.