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Half of Oscar sound nominations go to Dolby Atmos films

Oscar season is upon us once again!

With the nominee likes of “Whiplash”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Birdman”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game” all vying for Best Picture at this year’s upcoming 87th Oscars Academy Awards show, its sure to be a jam-packed evening teeming with anticipation and excitement.

Another electrifying category to watch this year is the sound editing and sound mixing category. This is the 37th consecutive year that films released with Dolby® audio technologies have earned Academy Award nominations for outstanding sound quality with three Dolby Atmos films, American Sniper (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Brent Burge and Jason Canovas), and Unbroken (Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro), having been nominated in the sound editing category. Meanwhile, two of those titles, American Sniper (John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin) and Unbroken (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and David Lee), have also been nominated in the sound mixing category.

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The creators of American Sniper decided to keep the film’s music to a minimum and “score” the film with realistic sounds, according to film industry site Below the Line. That meant long recording sessions with the actual guns used by Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his comrades and even tracking down a plane with the same engine as the early Predator drones.

Director Peter Jackson and his team have used Dolby Atmos for each of the three Hobbit movies. Jackson says their knowledge of how to use the technology has evolved. “Each year now, we’ve managed to do different things as our knowledge of how to best use it expanded,” Jackson says.

Meanwhile, the Unbroken sound team credits Dolby Atmos with helping put the audience in the extreme situations that World War II hero Louis Zamperini experienced—hurtling airplanes, vast oceans, and oppressive jungles. “When you’re in the ocean, when you’re in the jungle and you hear the bugs, you just feel like you’re in that space,” said Andrew DeCristofaro, the supervising sound editor. “It feels more realistic.”

 

Other films that have also been nominated in the exhilarating sound editing category include, Birdman (Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock) and Interstellar (Richard King)—and for sound mixing—Birdman (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and Thomas Varga), Interstellar (Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten), and Whiplash (Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley)- all of which used Dolby surround sound technology.

Alright, alright, alright.

Alright, alright, alright.

Dolby Atmos® sound technology was developed to help talented artists make truly incredible-sounding films by allowing filmmakers unprecedented precision in designing a movie soundtrack. They can place and move sounds anywhere in a theatre, including over the audience’s head, to make viewers feel like they’re inside the story. Dolby Atmos debuted in June 2012 in the Oscar winning animated film ‘Brave’. The technology is now available for home theaters and on mobile devices.

 

Take a look at the full list of Oscar nominees. The winners will be announced on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood

 

 

You shall not pass!

Ian McKellen appeared on Sesame Street this week to teach the word “Resist” and we was assisted by Cookie Monsters. Watch how Ian explains to Cookie Monster using example from his character from The Hobbit.

The read fro the review of the movie, click here.

The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies – Review

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If epic action movies ever had to take an exam, The Battle of the Five Armies would ace it.

Will Bard save his people? Will Gandalf survive?

Will Bard save his people? Will Gandalf survive?

The 3rd and final part of the epic trilogy that is The Hobbit, is arguably the best one among the 3 movies, filled with high paced action sequences from the beginning till the end. A running time of roughly 2 and a half hours makes this the shortest Hobbit movie. This is clearly seen as the movie at times, does feel rushed when certain scenes could have been slowed down to let the depth of the story be felt by the audience. Filled with intense CGI-filled action, it’s best viewed in 3D or IMAX. Brilliant display of acting by the whole cast with standout performances by Richard Armitage and Luke Evan. The depth of each and every character is complemented by the impressive musical score by Howard Shore.

Synopsis

I am fire. I. AM. DEATH!

I am fire. I. AM. DEATH!

The Battle of the Five Armies starts off exactly where it ended in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug,
Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) begins to burn Lake Town to ashes but his reign of terror is rather short lived as Bard (Luke Evans) manages to slay the dragon with a well placed shot with the Black Arrow. However, it is still too late as the damage has already been done to Lake Town and the only option for those who survived to keep surviving would be to seek refuge in the abandoned town of Dale up on Erebor, better known as the Lonely Mountain.

WAR!

WAR!

High up on Erebor, Thorin (Richard Armitage) is losing his mind to the corruption of greed. With barely any concern for those around him, Thorin tirelessly searches for the jewel of the dwarf kings, The Arkenstone. Unknown to him, the Arkenstone had already been found and is kept hidden by Bilbo (Martin Freeman). Bilbo contemplates about revealing the Arkenstone but is advised not to by Thorin’s uncle as the dragon’s greed is becoming more apparent within Thorin.

Elrond being a complete bad ass.

Elrond being a complete bad ass.

Meanwhile in Dol Guldur, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and the other White Council members, Elrond (Hugo Weaving) & Saruman (Christopher Lee) stages an attempt to rescue Gandalf (Ian McKellan) & Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) but is confronted by the Necromancer who Gandalf has already confirmed as Sauron. With probably the best action scene in the entire Hobbit series, we get to see Elrond & Saruman fight off the 9 Kings of Men, who would later be known in the Lord of the Rings movies as the Nazgul.

Azog & his horde of Orcs

Azog & his horde of Orcs

As Thorin loses his sanity, the Lonely Mountain soon becomes a battleground for the Battle of the Five Armies.
For those of you wondering who the five armies are, here goes : The Men of Lake Town led by Bard, The Elves of Mirkwood led by Thranduil (Lee Pace), The Dwarves of Iron Hill led by Dain (Billy Connolly), The Orcs of Moria & Gundabad led by Azog (Manu Bennett) and the Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains.

There's not gonna be another Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movie!?

There’s not gonna be another Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movie!?

Well, that’s a wrap.
Not only for this review but for the Hobbit trilogy as well as any more movies based on Middle Earth / Tolkien series by the talented, Peter Jackson.

So tell me,

“Will you follow me, one last time?”

– Dev

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies-Trailer #2

The second trailer of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out and it’s intense. The epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and  the Company of Dwarves comes to an end at The Battle of the Five Armies. Thorin Oakenshield will have to face the consequences of reclaiming back his mountain.