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Richard King talks sound
design for Dunkirk

By Mel Lambert

Currently garnering critical acclaim for its stunning and immersive soundtrack — particularly the IMAX showcase screenings — writer/director Christopher Nolan’s latest film follows the fate of nearly 400,000 allied soldiers who were marooned on the beaches of Dunkirk, and the plans to rescue them using small ships from nearby English seaports. Although, sadly, more than 68,000 soldiers were captured or killed during the Battle of Dunkirk and the subsequent retreat, more than 300,000 were rescued over a nine-day period in May 1940.

Uniquely, Dunkirk’s primary story arcs — the Mole, or harbor from which the larger ships can take off troops; the Sea, focusing on the English flotilla of small boats; and the Air, spotlighting the activities of Spitfire pilots who protect the beaches and ships from German air-force attacks — follow different timelines, with the Mole sequences being spread over a week, the Sea over a day and the Air over an hour. A Warner Bros. release, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh. (An uncredited Michael Caine is the voice heard during various radio communications.)

Marking his sixth collaboration with Nolan, supervising sound editor Richard King worked previously on Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Dark Knight and The Prestige. He brings his unique sound perspective to these complex narratives, often with innovative sound design. Born in Tampa, King attended the University of South Florida, graduating with a BFA in painting and film, and entered the film industry in 1985. He is the recipient of three Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, plus two BAFTA Awards and four MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Best Sound Editing.

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Behind the Title: Union VFX
supervisor James Roberts

James’ mother was an artist and his father was a computer programmer. He felt his fate was sealed and his path always led to this industry.

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Review: Fangs Film Gear’s Wolf
Packs and Panther lens bags

By Brady Betzel

Fangs Film Gear makes bags that will keep your gear safe — from lens bags that double as micro fiber cloths to tactical production organizers.

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Behind the Title: ArsenalFX
colorist Greg Werner

This colorist finds inspiration in the world around him. From waterfalls in Hawaii to California sunsets, it all influences his work.

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Benji Davidson joins Brickyard VFX

Red Giant Trapcode Suite
14 now available

By Brady Betzel

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