I just watched Gravity yesterday and…good sweet merciful crap. Such an amazing film on so many fronts, but for all of you sound-designers out there; it is REQUIRED viewing. No excuses. Go out RIGHT NOW and experience this phenomenal film, then come back here and watch this video:
I’m still trying to really collect my thoughts on the movie as a whole; but when I remove the emotional aspect and I focus specifically on the audio-design and mix, I get inspired. Experiences like these are why I do what I do. It was so refreshing to see a director really understand how audio works and allowed the audio team to really craft the experience from the ground up.
The use of transducer/binaural recordings, surround sound, and traditional recording/sound-design techniques to represent the science/vacuum of sound in space, the POV of the character, and inner whisperings of their cerebral journey are apparent, brilliantly executed, and in a word: stunning.
My only regret was that I wasn’t able to see it in Dolby Atmos…yet. I’m going to have to see/hear it again.