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Sound and image are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. Join Dolby Institute director Glenn Kiser in conversation with the artists who are using image and sound technologies creatively in some of your favorite films, TV shows, video games, and songs.

Sound and image are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. Join Dolby Institute director Glenn Kiser in conversation with the artists who are using image and sound technologies creatively in some of your favorite films, TV shows, video games, and songs.

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United States

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Sound and image are incredibly powerful tools for storytelling. Join Dolby Institute director Glenn Kiser in conversation with the artists who are using image and sound technologies creatively in some of your favorite films, TV shows, video games, and songs.

Language:

English


Episodes

90 - Breaking In - How Top Industry Pros Got Their Start

7/13/2021
How do I break into the film business? That is the number one question we get asked, so we figured maybe it was time to finally answer it. For the past few months, we've asked some of the top professionals in the fields of cinematography, animation, sound, producing, and directing how they got their start and the answers were surprising even to us! "The world has a way of opening doors and closing doors on you. I basically ended up - through poverty and desperation - back in England as a...

Duration:00:36:24

89 - In the Heights - From Stage to Screen

6/29/2021
Adapting stage musicals for the cinema is an often tricky process and "In the Heights," the latest adaption from Broadway phenom Lin Manuel Miranda, was no different. Director Jon Chu certainly did not shy away from the epic scale of the theatre production, if anything he made it even grander, which (as you might've guessed) had a number of unique challenges. Primarily, how did they manage to capture the immediacy of the live musical performances and still make it both cinematic and fresh?...

Duration:00:54:54

88 - How to Make Chess Riveting to Watch - The Queen's Gambit

6/15/2021
As games go, chess is maybe not the most exciting thing to watch as a spectator. Its complexities make it difficult for non-experts to truly appreciate. And yet, in Netflix's limited series, "The Queen's Gambit," the filmmakers somehow manage to not only make it exciting, but downright riveting. How did they pull that off? Well, we recently sat down with editor Michelle Tesoro, ACE, and sound designer Wylie Stateman to discuss how they successfully crafted such tense and thrilling scenes...

Duration:00:48:08

87 - Showrunner Neil Cross and Ron Bochar on The Mosquito Coast

6/9/2021
We're joined today by prolific showrunner and creator Neil Cross and re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor Ron Bochar to discuss their new series "The Mosquito Coast." The show tells the story of a grueling journey of a family on the run and it turns out the production was just as challenging. We discuss some of those challenges (and how they overcame them) along with some insights into how they approached the source material, as this version of the story goes in a very different,...

Duration:00:52:01

86 - Sound Design as Score in The Killing of Two Lovers

5/26/2021
Besides "we'll fix it in post," perhaps the most common joke in film editing suites is, "the music will carry it." Meaning, a film almost always has the score to help with the emotional impact of any given moment. But what about films without a traditional score? That is the case with "The Killing of Two Lovers," a tense new indie drama from director Robert Machoian. But interestingly, the director and sound designer —Peter Albrechsten — instead created a unique sonic soundscape to act as a...

Duration:01:02:57

85 - Edgar Wright and Julian Slater re-release Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

5/11/2021
The cult classic "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" came out just a little over ten years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary, the filmmakers (and Universal Pictures) decided to remaster the film in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for a theatrical and home video re-release this year. Dolby had the privilege of sitting down with the director, Edgar Wright, and the Sound Designer, Julian Slater, to talk about the experience and to find out just how different this new and improved version of the film...

Duration:00:45:06

84 - Innovative Sound Design for Short Films

4/27/2021
Short films don't get a lot of attention these days, but it is one of the best opportunities for filmmakers to experiment with new storytelling techniques. Recently, the Dolby Institute was invited to the Aspen Shortsfest, an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, to run a workshop on sound design. Well, the submissions blew us away with their creativity and techniques, so we wanted to share these conversations with you. There is a lot we can learn from how these filmmakers utilized...

Duration:00:53:09

83 - Best Animated Feature Nominees: Oscars 2021

4/13/2021
We conclude our 2021 Oscars coverage with the nominees for Best Animated Feature! Once again we've invited all of the nominees in this category to speak with us and we are thrilled to share them with you. Here's a table of contents for each interview, along with the names of all the nominees, this time in reverse alphabetical order: 00:01:22 - WOLFWALKERS - Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young, and Stéphan Roelants 00:16:08 - SOUL - Pete Docter and Dana Murray 00:29:00 - A SHAUN THE SHEEP...

Duration:01:15:13

82 - Best Cinematography Nominees: Oscars 2021

4/6/2021
We continue our 2021 Oscars coverage with the nominees for Best Cinematography! We have once again invited every nominee to join us, and we were very pleased to sit down with three inspiring cinematographers: Sean Bobbitt, Erik Messerschmidt, and Phedon Papamichael. (Unfortunately, the other two nominees, Dariusz Wolski and Joshua James Richards, were unable to find time, as they are on location filming their next projects.) Here's a table of contents, in case you'd like to jump around:...

Duration:00:56:51

81 - Best Sound Nominees: Oscars 2021

3/31/2021
Perhaps unsurprisingly for the Dolby Institute Podcast, we begin our 2021 Oscars coverage with the nominees for Best Sound! This is a very special episode for us because it is the first time we've interviewed all the nominees for a category and edited them together into a single podcast. Our hope is that if you are an Oscar voter — either as an Academy member or as a fan participating in your annual office pool — you'll have a much better idea of what to watch for and (more importantly) what...

Duration:01:16:02

80 - That Tricky Category - The "Best Sound" Oscar, Explained

3/16/2021
As if filling out an Oscar ballot wasn't challenging enough, 2021 has a ton of rule changes with regards to how the Academy will be voting. Most notably for us here at Dolby, the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing categories have been combined into one: Best Sound. Today Glenn sits down with Teri Dorman, Kevin Collier, and Scott Millan — the current Board of Governors of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — to discuss the rule changes, the controversies...

Duration:00:47:30

79 - Pixar's Demanding Creative Process: The Making of "Soul"

3/2/2021
At Pixar, just about everyone's a critic. And that is one of the reasons why they continue to raise the creative bar with every film they release. Pete Docter, the director of "Soul" and CCO of Pixar Animation Studios joins us along with the film's producer, Pixar veteran Dana Murray, to discuss the challenges of making such an incredible animated feature, including their exhaustive development process, which takes place simultaneously while the film is being animated and edited. And if that...

Duration:00:54:09

78 - Rebecca Hall and Natalia Almada on the Power of Cinematic Sound & Images

2/16/2021
We are always delighted when independent filmmakers get access to our technologies because they tend to use these tools in such fascinating and creative ways. Very often in ways, we'd never imagined. Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® are often perceived as tools for big-budget, tentpole action movies, which is why we created the Dolby Institute Fellowship, in partnership with the Sundance Institute: To give access to these technologies to filmmakers working with indie budgets. This year's...

Duration:01:05:14

77 - David Fincher and Ren Klyce Transport Us to The Golden Age of Hollywood in "Mank"

2/9/2021
"Mank" has been a personal passion project for David Fincher for several decades now. His own father wrote the script, about the famously self-destructive writer of "Citizen Kane," and Fincher was determined to make the film feel as authentic as possible. Almost like it was an undiscovered artifact from Hollywood's "Golden Age," insisting for years to film it in black & white, 1:33, and in mono. He once again joined forces with his longtime collaborator, sound designer Ren Klyce, to do...

Duration:01:18:15

76 - Sundance Film Festival in the Time of Covid

2/2/2021
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Sundance Film Festival is entirely virtual. But what exactly does a virtual film festival look like? Glenn sits down with Keri Putnam, CEO of the Sundance Institute, Tabitha Jackson, the brand new director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Michelle Satter, director of the Sundance Labs, to answer all these questions and more. It’s a fascinating conversation about not just the challenges of hosting the Sundance Film Festival in 2021, but...

Duration:00:56:44

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

1/29/2021
You've found us! The Dolby Institute Podcast has moved! And we have a brand new title: Sound + Image Lab: The Dolby Institute Podcast Please subscribe to our new dedicated podcast feed right here, or https://linktr.ee/dolbyinstitute (wherever you get your podcasts). Our next episode will be our FINAL episode on the old Soundworks feed, so please subscribe to this new feed straight away, as we have many exciting improvements coming in 2021. Learn more about the https://www.dolbyinstitute.com/...

Duration:00:03:38

75 - The Sound of Storytelling

9/16/2020
Dolby recently co-presented a panel at the Television Academy Foundation with some of this year’s sound nominees. We’ve added some clips to the conversation. Check out the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbxGWJ4LvI0&feature=youtu.be (video) for this episode. https://linktr.ee/dolbyinstitute (Subscribe) to the Dolby Institute Podcast. Learn more about the https://www.dolby.com/institute/ (Dolby Institute) and check out https://www.dolby.com (Dolby.com). Connect with Dolby on...

Duration:01:06:44

74 - Dolby Vision Roundtable (Part Two)

8/15/2020
Join us as we dive deeper into the actual process and tips for HDR and WCG color grading as well as the full Dolby Vision metadata creation and trim pass. Check out the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtvpy8i3Bds&feature=youtu.be (video) for this episode. https://linktr.ee/dolbyinstitute (Subscribe) to the Dolby Institute Podcast. Learn more about the https://www.dolby.com/institute/ (Dolby Institute) and check out https://www.dolby.com (Dolby.com). Connect with Dolby on...

Duration:01:14:09

73 - Sundance Co//ab: Sound Design for Indie Movies

8/14/2020
The filmmakers discuss how to communicate the subjective experience of your main character using sound and tips for hiring and working with your sound team. Check out the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nspEZWYDKaE&feature=youtu.be (video) for this episode. https://linktr.ee/dolbyinstitute (Subscribe) to the Dolby Institute Podcast. Learn more about the https://www.dolby.com/institute/ (Dolby Institute) and check out https://www.dolby.com (Dolby.com). Connect with Dolby on...

Duration:01:21:09

72 - Dolby Vision Roundtable (Part One)

8/6/2020
Learn about the origins of Dolby Vision® and how Dolby helped change the game for immersive cinema and home entertainment. Check out the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqK0HjuHen0 (video) for this episode. https://linktr.ee/dolbyinstitute (Subscribe) to the Dolby Institute Podcast. Learn more about the https://www.dolby.com/institute/ (Dolby Institute) and check out https://www.dolby.com (Dolby.com). Connect with Dolby on https://www.instagram.com/dolbylabs/ (Instagram),...

Duration:00:58:28