Friday, 1 July 2011

For a film as dynamic as the currently screening Transformers: Dark of the Moon where there is lots of loud action sequences, sound is definitely one of the top technical priorities to get right. Often overlooked by several as most just focus upon the visual effects as if it alone determines if a film is technically excellent, sound really helps to achieve realism within a cinema auditorium. Much like how 3D helps to immerse the audience visually into the motion picture these days. If you do not yet know of this, some theatres have been equipped with and certified Dolby Surround 7.1 ready.

But not all.

Perhaps you should check out which theatres near you are 7.1 ready if you want to best experience these fast-moving blockbusters the way it should be.

Here's a documentary feature by Soundworks Collection that attempts to explain how 7.1 has helped enhance the sound of Michael Bay's latest blockbuster as well as some of the science behind creating the sound that we hear in the movie.

You'll see how an electric guitar produces sound for the robotic actions as well as dry ice on metal. Of course, it's not all foley work and the team does head out to the rifle range to perform some explosive sound recordings. We often take good sound for granted (or probably didn't notice them but just the visuals) and this clip here will help you to understand why we shouldn't and how good sound will make a better cinematic experience.

This might be a little too technical for some, but the visuals should trigger and maintain your interest. Enjoy!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Paramount's latest feature film to be recorded in the 7.1 mix after Thor.


  1. Fascinating! They certainly had their work cut out for them, as most of the last hour was nothing but clashing metal, explosions, and buildings crashing. When I see it again on DVD, I'll listen for the guitar sounds.

  2. This is really cool. I took a sound design class a few years ago and had to create commercial with sound f/x whip cracks, pistol shots and monsters coming. Quite interesting as i sat at the board and mixed the tracks after they'd been recorded. People don't often realize how much work goes into the sound f/x and the foley work.

  3. @Alex Yes I was also fascinated by the sound works behind the scenes, it makes me wonder why there isn't much fanfare for the sound team of TF3. Most offered their kind words for the VFX, which is good and probably stole the limelight. Haha!

    @Melissa I can only dream of taking up sound design class, nobody seems to offer this anywhere near me. What you've described really intrigues me as I'm very curious about sound these days. Agreed that sound is often undermined (or is it because people watched it at a theatre with lacklustre sound systems? LOL!)

    Thanks guys for dropping by! :D

  4. Great documentary feature. I am very impressed by their technical expertise and synchronization. It's amazing how many aspects go into filmmaking, and sound effects, quite often, is the forgotten component. We take it for granted. But their work is tireless and pivotal to the cinematic experience.

    Great stuff!

  5. Thanks for sharing your comment about TF3 in my blog, J. You definitely are more generous toward it. I enjoy reading your fabulous review too!

    But I kinda disagree if someone must compare it to a softcore porn. In the end, TF3 is a big budgeted blockbuster flick consumed by cinemagoers that is in a very different level with porn products.
    Even a softcore porn that 'specially made' for cinema actually need at least good character development and narrative structure so it doesn't just become a piece of junk like recently 'Sex and Zen 3D'.


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