Summer Blockbuster MixTape: SFX for This Season’s Big Screen Hits
Movies are often recognized for much more than just their cinematography—their music and sound effects are just as iconic. Ever since the inception of Christopher Nolan’s infamous “BRAAAM” sound effect—from you guessed it, Inception—action films have reused that effect time and time again. In the words of the movie itself, “the most resilient parasite is an idea”—thanks, Leo.
But there are many other iconic sounds and effects associated with popular film franchises. The blockbuster season of 2017 is looking to be a promising one with a multitude of big screen releases coming our way—and it’s chock full of big names and heroes we’ve met before. So, what do they sound like? Is the now classic “braaam” still ruling the silver screen this summer? That’s what we set out to discover.
Fate of the Furious
What is Fast and Furious known for? Cars—obviously—and really big explosions explosions. And crashing cars. And a ridiculous amount of action and thrills. What more would you expect?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy is known for its memorably retro soundtracks, adorable dancing baby trees, and—last but not least—its spaceships and laser guns. It’s a fan favorite and action-packed.
What can we expect from this upcoming blockbuster? Michael Fassbender being a BAMF—oh, and scary aliens, of course. The trailer gave us goosebumps, because what’s more horrifying than the unknown?
Sun, sand, ocean waves… and explosions? Looks like Baywatch is getting an action-packed revamp and it’s louder—and possibly funnier—than ever. Good thing we’ve got the sounds for that!
Pirates of the Caribbean
What’s a pirate movie without cannons, ships, rum, and sinister laughs? Not much, actually.
Wonder Woman is the most powerful woman around—haven’t you heard? Get the sounds of her strength with swords, fight scenes, and the resonance of battle in the distance.
The Mummy is looking to be one of the summer’s creepiest movies of the year—and it’s not just because Tom Cruise is starring. Egyptian goddesses brought back from the dead, mummies, mice infestations—the trailer even gave us chills.
Transformers: The Last Knight
A lot of what keeps the Transformers franchise consistent with a strong connection from film to film can actually be attributed to its sound effects. Its seemingly lighthearted subject—robots in disguise—carries more weight and drama with a presence of heavy, robotic sound effects.
Spiderman is speedy, funny, and full of hand-to-hand combat. It’s sound effects are tight and punchy, and don’t leave much space for echoing. It has sound effects to match the speed of the hero and its fast-pacing.
So while Nolan’s “braaam” has yet to fully disappear, there is definitely a wide variety of sound effects for all you sound design junkies out there to explore and discover. What will you be creating this summer?
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