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Sounds that Cannot Be Unheard: Sound Designer Johnnie Burn on The Zone of Interest

A man in pinstripe suspenders stands outside a house smoking a cigar.Christian Friedel in The Zone of Interest

When director Jonathan Glazer first pitched Johnnie Burn his dramatic vision for The Zone of Interest, the sound designer took a deep breath. Over the past two decades, the pair had developed a strong rapport, collaborating on a variety of…  Read more

By Dec 15, 2023

Within the Silences: The Sound Team Behind TÁR

A blond woman conducts a string orchestra, wearing a black long-sleeve button up and slacks. She poses dramatically with her arm bent at the elbow and her fist pumped toward the air.Cate Blanchett in TÁR, courtesy of Focus Feaatures

TÁR opens with its namesake, played by Cate Blanchett, being interviewed in front of a packed audience at The New Yorker Festival. The chat serves multiple functions. It delivers the character’s backstory as an EGOT-winning classical composer and conductor, establishes…  Read more

By Dec 15, 2022

In the Quiet Moments: The Memoria Sound Team of Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Richard Hocks and Javier Umpierrez

Tilda Swinton and Juan Pablo Urrego in Memoria (courtesy of NEON)

“When I work on sound for Joe’s films, it’s very similar to meditation,” says Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, sound designer for all of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work since Tropical Malady (2004), including his latest picture, Memoria. “I need to be super focused on…  Read more

By Jan 18, 2022

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