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Cool Supercuts: Hearing The Revenant, The Martian, Sicario, Force Awakens & Mad Max: Fury Road

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Zackery Ramos-Taylor decided to take a closer look at the Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees of 2016 and put together these great supercuts for each of the films.

First supercut of my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series focusing on the various uses of sound throughout Mad Max: Fury Road. This film uses sound to enhance and add texture to the story in order to create an auditory post-apocalyptic world full of chaos, adrenaline, and suspense. From hearing the sound of the protagonist slowly rising from the sand to mechanized vehicles exploding one after another, this film seeks to add sound to every action shown.

Hearing Mad Max: Fury Road from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

As the second supercut in my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is no stranger to the use of sound. This film allows the viewer to experience sounds that have been used before whether it’s Luke’s lightsaber, Han’s blaster, or Chewbacca’s growl. There are also new sounds that add to this auditory sci-fi world such as BB-8, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, and various aliens. Together, they allow us to become engaged with what we hear by creating a sense of realism and fantasy at once. The Force Awakens not only reminds us of the classic sounds but introduces us to a world full of new ones.

Hearing Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

Sicario is the third supercut in my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series, focusing on sounds that are all too familiar in today’s world. These are sounds we hear today whether it’s a car door slamming shut, people fighting with their fists or guns, or a shower suddenly turning on. The film takes these sounds and applies them to actions that are dramatic, suspenseful, and terrifying in order to add a layer of realism that engages the audience and pulls them closer to a world that is a reflection of our own.

Hearing Sicario from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

The Martian is the fourth supercut in my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” series, focusing on sounds used in a time of space exploration and research. When we listen to doors opening, buttons pushing, and spaceships lifting off we are hearing a possible future full of technological innovations. When we listen to the wind howling or dying down or air escaping an astronaut’s helmet we are reminded of how natural, real, and dangerous Mars is as a desolate planet. These are the sounds you would hear is you were 140 million miles away from home.

Hearing The Martian from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

The Revenant is the last film in my “Best Sound Editing Oscar Nominees 2016” supercut series. When compared to the other four films nominated, The Revenant excels at providing the most naturalistic and historical sounds due to the harsh environment and era. The natural sounds of wind, water, fire and earth are prominent throughout while loud gunfire and arrows striking across the screen introduces a more primitive and deadly world.

Hearing The Revenant from Zackery Ramos-Taylor on Vimeo.

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