Watch Hans Zimmer and Sound Editor Richard King Discuss the Sound of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Including Bane’s Voice

     August 1, 2012


The Dark Knight Rises is a very big movie.  From the large cast, to the massive sets, to the impossible practical effects, Christopher Nolan crafted the film as his “epic” conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy in every sense of the word.  One of the crucial aspects of the film that people may gloss over is the sound.  A super interesting video featuring composer Hans Zimmer and supervising sound editor/sound designer Richard King discussing the sound of the film has been released via the fine folks at SoundWorks, and it’s a fascinating watch.  Hit the jump for more.

the-dark-knight-rises-tom-hardy-bane-imageZimmer discusses everything from the chant that permeates throughout the film, to his processes of writing every note of the score on his computer.  Meanwhile, King talks about creating the sounds for The Bat and their approach to Bane’s voice.  He admits they tried to muddle Tom Hardy’s dialogue in the beginning with tube and gaseous sounds, but they ended up having to “exaggerate the clarity of Bane’s voice,” to make him more intelligible.

The video is an incredibly interesting watch for those that are intrigued by the moviemaking process as a whole, and I think many take for granted how important sound design and score is to a film as a whole.  If you’re a fan of Zimmer or want to learn more about his technologically-enhanced method of composing, check out Steve’s video interview at Zimmer’s home studio from a few years back.

Video courtesy of SoundWorks (via FirstShowing):


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