Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 by the Cinema Audio Society. I share the nomination with Re-Recording mixers Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Production Mixer Peter Grace, ADR Mixer Diego Ruiz and Foley Mixer Alex Francis. This is my first CAS nomination. I love this score and working with Rupert is always rewarding. Wish us luck!
Resident Evil comes out today!! I mixed this one for composer Paul Haslinger. This was my first project with Paul, who I really admire as a composer. His technical abilities his need for sonic clarity gel well with mine and we clicked right away on style and direction. Track 4, “The Turbine Sequence” was a blast to mix and is my favorite track on the album. The emotion of trying to get away from that damn turbine really came through with the way Paul built the track. Even though the sound fx of that turbine are really loud in the film, the music comes through loud and clear thanks to Paul’s writing and copious EQ automation. Check it out!
Director Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” comes out today. I mixed this one for composer Rupert Gregson-Williams whom I love working with. The orchestra played supremely on this one! Everyone did. It’s rare I get to mix with virtually no sample instruments these days, so this one was a really pleasure. Rupert’s melodies are gorgeous, and just enhance the emotion without “telling” the audience how to feel. There is enough emotion in the film that they don’t need to be told anything. I think you will like this one!
Arrival comes out today! It’s always nice working with Johann. The vocal performances by Theater of Voices and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe that represent the “visitors” are haunting, etherial and beautiful. I love putting Johann’s music in 5.1. I so which everyone could experience what I get to experience when mixing these cues. While in stereo, it’s beautiful and mesmerizing, in surround it’s just a whole other experience. I get to move things around, use the subwoofer to really make the hits come alive, and create waves that pass over and through you. I love my job and so wish the listener could experience this music the way I get to everyday. Maybe High Definition Audio will make a comeback one day. I for one would like to see that day.
This one was a long time in the making! I first got hired by composer John Graham to mix the trailer for this movie much earlier in the year. Came out pretty good I think…
Being able to use the composers music in the trailer is very rare, so this was very special. They loved John’s music, as they should, so it got used from the very beginning of their promotion of the game and movie. Once John finished writing the actual film score we headed to Nashville to record the orchestra at Ocean Way Studios. We had a fantastic time and the players were outstanding. We spent a week recording over 100 minutes of music. It was a blast!
Back in L.A. I mixed for 2 weeks or so then another few days on the soundtrack album. It was a super fun experience for all involved.
Good luck to Sicario composer Johann Johannsson tomorrow night. It was a pleasure mixing this one and it definitely deserves the Oscar nomination. I mean, come on! Those drums!