Sound Designing The Revenant

Not sure about you, but The Revenant really got under my skin. From the gory opening scene until the very end, my nerves were shot. The acting was solid and the cinematography was beautiful—we've heard a lot about both of those—but after seeing this video, I realized that it was the audio as well, especially that bear mauling scene, that really reached my subepidermal. Sound design is something we don’t, or I don’t, initially think about while watching a movie. Good audio sort of goes unnoticed.

This Sound Works short film explores some of the techniques designers used to create the eerie and intense sonic landscape of The Revenant. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I definitely recommend it, but be warned that you'll be going to a dark and intense place.