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    The Keys to Music and Sound Design from the Sundance Lab

    In a guest post, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum describes the experience of being a Composer Fellow at the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound, calling it "completely transformative."

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    Insider Tips for Creating the Best Sound Design for Your Film

    In a guest post, Glenn Kiser, director of the Dolby Institute, tells filmmakers what they need to know about sound design before they begin production.

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    9 Things Heard at Tribeca's 'The Art of Sound Design & Music' Panel with Skip Lievsay and Susan Jacobs

    ´╗┐When most film fanatics think of their favorite films' technical aspects, they think visually: compositions, ´╗┐montage, special effects, and so on. But sound is just as integral to the makeup of a film's environment as images, and Tribeca's recent panel on sound design and music helped illustrate th...

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    Here's How to Win Your Oscar Pool in Sound Mixing and Sound Editing Categories

    For all those scrambling to make the right predictions for their Oscar pools, you may want to get an inside scoop on what exactly you'll be betting on. With so many categories that could go any which way, it's no surprise that so many people are wondering how exactly they're supposed to judge the qu...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdo...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Dissecting the Bravura 'Gravity' Opening

    The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographe...

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    Talking Benedict Cumberbatch, Dragon Secrets and More with the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors of 'Smaug'

    In returning to Middle-Earth for the second "Hobbit" adventure, "The Desolation of Smaug," Oscar-nominated sound editors Brent Burge and Chris Ward were given a gift with the very hot Benedict Cumberbatch. But when he was first announced, they were apprehensive that his overexposure on "Sherlock" an...

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    Talking the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editing and Mixing of 'Lone Survivor'

    Peter Berg's underrated "Lone Survivor" received its lone Oscar nominations in the sound editing and mixing categories, but it's well-deserved. The fact-based adventure about a failed Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan grabs us by the throat and never lets up. And the sound is among the most intense ...

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