Last night I was fortunate to be invited to see a pre screening of Disney Pixar’s BRAVE, at Skywalker Sound, where where the sound was mixed AND most notably, the first film with the sound designed specifically for Dolby’s new ATMOS surround sound system.
The Stag Theater at Skywalker is one of the first theaters to have the system installed. There are 21 theaters around the world currently, with this immersive experience. Word has it that during installation and the mix, even when things were going terribly wrong, the folks involved were still pleased, as they were working on a new and exciting technology… one that can keep drawing audiences to seats at the theater.
AND, even more exciting, the film was introduced by the sound designer himself, multiple Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom, who won Oscars for Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and most recently nominated for War Horse. He outlined what would illuminate the screen for the night:
The projections would start with a short clip introducing Dolby’s ATMOS suround sound experience…hummingbirds flying overhead, leaves falling..all very beautiful in sight… and of course, the sound was spectacular, traveling in every angle of the room. A list of theater locations featuring Dolby’s ATMOS surround sound is in the link above.
A Revolutionary Approach to Sound
According to Dolby’s site: The most significant development in audio since the arrival of surround sound is here. Dolby® Atmos™ delivers audiences a more natural and realistic soundfield, transporting them into the story with a lifelike sensory experience. Developed with input from professionals throughout the movie industry, Dolby Atmos represents a dynamic shift in audio, reinventing the traditional surround sound methodology and offering a complete platform for sound now and well into the future. Yes, it was pretty incredible to hear.
Second up was a short film animated by Pixar called La Luna, which will screen before BRAVE in theaters
A delightfully poetic tale created by Italian director, Enrico Casarosa “La Luna” tells the mystical coming-of-age story of a young Italian boy who accompanies his father and grandfather to work on the moon for the first time, a very celestrial job indeed.
And then, behold BRAVE, a lush, exciting, funny and sentimental film that will be sure to win the hearts (and eyes and ears) of all ages. In Brave, set in the highlands of 10th century Scotland, a skilled archer named Merida defies an age-old custom of being married off a son of one of the kingdon’s clans, causing chaos in her kingdom and for her family. After visiting a witch, her mother becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late. Brave is spectacular to watch…the animation is incredible, the details in hair and fabric miles ahead of animation techniques even 10 years ago. A special favorite is her horse Angus, his coat looked so real, and his character kind and appealing. Go see it, and be immersed in the sights and sounds and heartwarming story.