The Sound And Music Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
If sound is a major component in films, it is often taken for granted by the audience (and overlooked by filmmakers). The power of sound is phenomenal, as it is one of the few universal tools we have to tell a story, and fascinating, as it plays on a very subconscious level.
Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, just watching this video will give you have a grasp of the out of the box work that has been made for this film.
When you are a diy/indie filmmaker, you rarely have the budget to breakdown the sound department between that many people, and you often have a composer and an orchestra man/woman doing a bit of everything to achieve an ok final product.
Of course the irony is that sound is 50% of a movie, and even if the audience doesn’t realize that the sounds of wind, boots, the internet connection, computer keyboards etc. have been intentionally enhanced (or not), it is an inherent part of a movie experience.
It is not that common to watch movies that intertwine sound and music as organically as Fincher did for TGWTDT.
I love sound design and I found it sometimes challenging when working with a composer, to explain this idea of not over-using instruments but instead building an organic environment playing with the key elements to a character and/or the story.
This video is the perfect illustration of this process and how Fincher and his team made it happen.
Interviewed are composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Sound Re-recording Mixer Michael Semanick, and Re-recording Mixer, Sound Designer, and Supervising Sound Editor Ren Klyce, who is nominated for an Oscar.
check the archives for a taste of it.