Editing: Wylie Stateman
Mixing: Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
Sound design for any war related film is hard to deny, but for “Lone Survivor”, it’s impossible. The nominations for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing normally seem arbitrary to me, like “Captains Phillips” and “All Is Lost”. Yes, I understand that “All Is Lost” leans on its sound design over dialogue, but what makes that film stand above anything else. While nominations for “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” make complete sense, because they’re essentially creating something out of nothing, developing a distinct sound design for their respected CGI-ed films. But “Lone Survivor”, on the other hand, makes sense in a completely different sense, that has to be seen and heard to believed. What Peter Berg does and what sets this war film apart is that the audience hears and sees in graphic detail every bullet that grazes or passes through the soldiers, and that sound design is impeccable, creating a reality that makes the film that much more devastating. Add to that the bone crunching sounds as the soldiers tumble down the rocky mountainside that leaves the audience cringing with every hit, and you have yourself a successful sound design, adding so much to the experience that it almost highlights the film. That being said, with “Gravity” landing as a fan and critic favorite, there’s no doubt that it will likely take both of these awards. But “Lone Survivor” grabs the nominations, meaning more people may be drawn to this film, which is a success in their book. All the mixing guys grab their first nomination while Wylie Statemen grabs his seventh.
// Produced by Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Barry Spikings, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Vitaly Grigoriants //
// Directed by Peter Berg //
// Dated Viewed: Friday, February 14th, 2014 // AMC Burbank 16 // 15 films – 17 days //