Watch: Hans Zimmer & Sound Mixers Talk 'The Art of IMAX Sound'
by Ethan Anderton
December 23, 2013
Releasing the biggest blockbusters on an IMAX screen has become standard, though few directors are utilizing IMAX cameras to shoot film specifically for the large format. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Dark Knight Rises (as well as The Dark Knight) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol are the most prominent examples where directors have used the giant film stock to deliver enormous and gorgeous imagery in their projects. However, with IMAX, the biggest big screen isn't the only high quality element of the cinematic experience. IMAX also delivers a spectacular sound mix and a new featurette explains more.
Here's IMAX's new featurette on The Art of IMAX Sound (via SlashFilm):
The video description explains: "The IMAX sound team takes you behind the scenes to explore what makes great sound and learn how IMAX creates the most visceral sound experience. Composer Hans Zimmer and sound mixers from Technicolor also discuss why they love working in IMAX." Anyone who has seen a movie in IMAX can vouch for the sound system that engulfs the audience and puts them right in the middle of the action. It's only appropriate for a screen that takes up nearly the entire field of vision for anyone in there.
so much goes into IMAX sound. i'm glad there's people out there who care.
John Wylie on Dec 23, 2013
DAVIDPD on Dec 23, 2013
A lot of marketing speak, but at least they do seem to have a (higher than normal,) standard. Happy to pay the IMAX premium simply for the sound quality. In my town of 2 actual theaters (one other that's a "dollar" type, and another indie type that is little more than a mediocre home theater,) I can always count on the IMAX's quality (thus far). (in that same cineplex, one of the theaters right stereo channels was out for years - terrible) Sure wish they'd get off the 3D bandwagon though. More 2D showings plz IMAX. (course that's probably more up to the theater / studios)
avconsumer2 on Dec 24, 2013
False advertising. Hans speaks for about 5 seconds.
Glorious_Cause on Dec 26, 2013
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