Veteran sound mixer Andy Nelson describes working with Baz Luhrmann, Matt Reeves and Steven Spielberg on a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter behind the scenes of .
This season, Nelson expands his total Oscar nominations to 24, with two for Luhrmann Nominated for Elvis Presley and Reeves Batman . In doing so, he also extended his record for most nominations in the sound category.
Describing Luhrmann as a “creative tornado” and Austin Butler’s performance in the title role as “brilliant,” Nelson details how they worked together in the film Much of Butler’s voice is used in , as well as in his performances in the second half of the film, which is subtly fused with Presley’s archival material. Most challenging, he said, was the sound team’s job recreating the memorable 24 Comeback Special. “The original audio was actually mono from the VHS that the TV show was transporting, so you can imagine how that sounds in full 9.1 Atmos compared to everything we do in the movies,” he said, describing it as how to achieve. “We did a massive dance to make the comeback special and sound like it did.”
Nelson also talked about how he loves working with Working with helmer Reeves of The Batman. “He wanted to finish [each] scene before we were ready to move on to the next one,” Nelson said. “It was intense. It was very collaborative. He was always in high spirits and we had a great time with him.” Nelson described Batman as A “noir detective story”, he said the sound “really needs something of that moody quality [which touches on elements like] the sounds of the city and the sound of the rain and Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack, which I think is Michael’s best One of the soundtracks. I’ve worked with him a few times and he’s always good. But man, he really nailed it on this one.”
During the podcast , the re-recording mixer also spoke about the highly personal The Fabelmans co-directed with his decades-long collaborator Steven Spielberg. , who congratulated production mixer Peter J. Devlin on receiving the Motion Picture Audio Association Career Achievement Award.
Next, Nelson gets to work on Michael Mann’s Ferrari , starring Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari , Penelope Cruz plays his wife Laura. “I’m really excited,” he said.
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