The Dark Knight Rises
Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 4:20 pm by TeddyBlass
SoundWorks Collection, an online series profiling the sound and music behind the latest and greatest films, recently profiled the team behind The Dark Knight Rises. In the video are Composer Hans Zimmer and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King, both of whom should be considered vital members of Team Nolan. Check out the video:
Richard King won Oscars for his work on The Dark Knight and Inception, and Hans Zimmer was nominated for his score to the latter. Will they have a shot again this year? Comment below!
Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 2:40 pm by TeddyBlass
I’m sure by now you all are familiar with the results of the 2011 Academy Awards. And you’re probably quite aware that Inception took home 4 Oscars this past Sunday night. It’s not breaking news, or news even, but we have to talk about it right? So we’ll try to make it interesting by including video clips and opinions. Let us remind you that Inception was nominated for a total of 8 Academy Awards. Quite famously none of those 8 were for Best Director. Here is what the nominations were for: Art Direction, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Screenplay, and Best Picture. And here’s the breakdown of the half of those it did win.
First up, Best Achievement in Cinematography. Inception had just lost the first award of the night, Achievement in Art Direction, to Alice in Wonderland. Not the best sign for Inception‘s night it would seem. I personally thought it had a more than fair shot at winning in that category, but I’m often wrong about these things. Cinematographer Wally Pfister had some tough competition, among them the great Roger Deakins who has been nominated a total of 8 previous times without a win. But sure enough the prized golden statue went to 4 time nominee Wally Pfister! You can check out video of his acceptance speech later on in the article.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 10:05 am by TeddyBlass
Earlier this morning, the nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced and Inception received a total of 8 nominations. Unlike 2 years ago, Christopher Nolan’s producing, and writing, were recognized by the academy. However, he was snubbed (again) in the Best Achievement in Directing category. It’s not too much of a surprise that there weren’t any acting nominations for the cast of the film either. Most of the nominees announced this morning were fairly predictable, no other major surprises or snubs. Here are the categories Inception was recognized for:
- BEST PICTURE | Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas.
- BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | Christopher Nolan
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | Wally Pfister
- BEST ORIGINAL SCORE | Hans Zimmer
- BEST ART DIRECTION | Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat
- BEST SOUND MIXING | Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick
- BEST SOUND EDITING | Richard King
- BEST VISUAL EFFECTS | Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin
Given the results of award shows like the Golden Globes and the PGA Awards, it seems things aren’t set in stone for any one film. What do you think Nolan and his collaborators on Inception have a shot at taking home on February 27th? Are there nominations not given that you would have like to seen? Share your thoughts below!
Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 7:29 pm by TeddyBlass
Ask any good filmmaker what the most important aspects of film are, and among the top answers you get, sound will undoubtedly be one of them. It’s vitally important to modern cinema, and it is one of the key factors in selling the audience on the world of the film they’re viewing. Luckily for director Christopher Nolan, Academy Award winning sound designer Richard King was part of his team working on Inception. The two had a successful last collaboration with The Dark Knight, in which King won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing. King also won the same award in the past for his work on Master and Commander, and has won and been nominated for various other awards for his work on films like Signs, War of the Worlds, and Nolan’s own The Prestige.
The acclaimed sound-man and his team of mixers (Lora Hirschberg and Gary Rizzo) can been seen in a new featurette about Creating the Sounds of Dreams for Inception. In the video they explain the fascinating process of creating, editing, and mixing sounds for complex and rich world of the film. Check it out:
[via SoundWorks Collection]