When A Door Opens On The Enterprise, Somewhere A Russian Toilet Flushes Happily

By endymi0n
Jan 2nd, 2010

Visual effects people get all the loving. The fast cars, the pretty girls and all the bling for the Hollywood scene just rains down on them. While the visual effects people are lounging by the pool, waiting for the days and days it takes to render their splashy neon pew pew on your latest Sci-Fi epic, the sounds dudes are crammed into Russian trains, clacking along into the frozen yak filled steppes, recording toilets flushing.

Audio effects require field work. You have to bang a ton of things together and record a lot of lawn mowers, blenders and whining power lines to get something you can eventually haul back to base to start tweaking. In the case of the opening door sound effect for the new “Star Trek”, Ann Scibelli recorded an air powered toilet flush on a train in Russia. That’s pretty cool. Sound Nerds rule.

There’s a groovy site out there that I shall shortly provide a link to that goes into video detail on how the sound guys did their magic on such films as “Star Trek”, “Transformers”, “2012″, “Watchmen”, “Terminator: Salvation” and “Wall-E”. Cool stuff and well worth your time. Thanks Wired.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few, see the rest over at Soundworks.

“Star Trek” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

“WALL•E” Sound for Film Profile from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

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