Sound mixing: Making it all feel real

Eye on the Oscars: Vfx, Sound & Editing – Sound Mixing

Great moments in sound mixing come when sounds gathered during the sound-editing process are used in a way that somehow make everything else in a movie seem that much more real and vibrant.

Not every film asks a sound mixer to match precisely what’s on the screen or even what can be clearly described in the script. On “Tree of Life,” Terrence Malik gave sound mixer Craig Berkey more abstract direction.

“Sometimes we’d be asked to create a mix that expressed what consciousness is. You’d really have to kind of feel your way through it. We’d try something, let Terry listen to it, get feedback and then alter it again and again as more of the film was available for us to see.”

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