Hollywood, CA (February 8, 2012)–Per Hallberg, two-time Academy Award-winner and Soundelux supervising sound editor, created the audio for a new trailer for video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, aiming for the feel of a movie.
Conceived by Los Angeles advertising agency, 72andSunny, and directed by Peter Berg, the live action trailer for the latest in Activision’s record-setting game series casts Sam Worthington as “The Vet” and Jonah Hill as “The n00b” in an urban combat scenario. The trailer, which runs 90 seconds in the online version, has attracted nearly 21 million hits on YouTube.
Hallberg was brought into the project to do what he has done for films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. “It looks like a movie and it needed to sound like a movie,” Hallberg recalls. “It has an intensity and sense of reality that goes far beyond other trailers of its kind.”
Hallberg assembled a team of editors, sound designers and Foley artists, who helped him in building a bed of sound elements that is richly detailed and authentic. All of the weapon sounds, for example, are accurate for the guns and artillery pieces seen in the trailer.
“We approached it just like a feature film,” Hallberg recalls. “We cleaned up the production dialogue, we shot Foley with cut backgrounds and we cut sound effects and sound design.” Todd-AO’s Gary Hecker, whose credits include Unstoppable, Spider-Man 3 and The Hunger Games, created the Foley elements.
Getting all of the hyper-kinetic sound elements to work within the trailer’s relatively short time-span was a challenge for Hallberg. “A lot happens in a short time,” he says. “You have to tell the story, create a high level of intensity and make it work with the dialogue and music-but that’s one reason we were attracted to the project. It was fun and invigorating.”