Variety – Sonic Splendor

In “Unstoppable,” the “antagonist” train was given its own sonic signature. Sound supe/editor Mark Stoeckinger notes, “Tony (Scott, director) wanted the Triple 7 to have its own menacing sound, so we took off from the production track–the sound of a dynamic brake, which is this piercing whine. Sound recordist Ken Johnson went out to Barstow and did a lot of side-by-side recording of trains going down a pass to get more of that sound, and then (sound effects editor) Alan Rankin took those and created these amazing pitch bends and gave this train this almost dive-bombing quality that was just right.”

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