The upcoming film ‘Elysium’ gets a special honor thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment Barco and Dolby Laboratories. The film will be the first project launched by Sony using cutting-edge sound enhancements.
Sony Pictures Entertainment made the announcement earlier today that a partnership with Barco and Dolby Laboratories wil mix Elysium using Dolby Atmos and Auro 11.1 systems. The film, from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, promises a more “natural and realistic soundtrack that moves sound around and above audiences” according to Sony.
Elysium is still on track to release in theaters nationwide on August 9, 2013. Rory Bruer, current president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with both Barco and Dolby to explore and support their technologies as we incorporate them into Elysium. These new, immersive, breakthrough audio technologies, combined with other state-of-the-art enhancements, are rapidly perfecting the theatrical experience for moviegoers.”
Craig Berkey and Chris Scarabosio will be creating both the Auro 11.1 and Dolby Atmos mixes. The duo talked about the upcoming enhancements stating, “Barco and Dolby are breaking new ground in creating an aural experience for moviegoers. Each of these technologies enables us to further sonically immerse the audience as we are able to more accurately pan elements to enhance the detail of our mixes.”
According to the official reports, Auro 11.1 by Barco is designed “along three layers of sound” which includes (Traditional Surround sound, with Height, and Overhead layers). This “layered approach” allows sound mixers to “move objects around in space, it also allows them to reproduce the immersive aspects of a film soundtrack in a more natural way”. Dolby allows sound designers and mixers “a new level of creative control and ensures that cinema audiences will experience the full impact of their mix regardless of theatre configuration”.
“Dolby Atmos gives sound designers and mixers unprecedented flexibility to apply their creativity to telling stories through sound,” said Doug Darrow , Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With Dolby Atmos sound experts can now easily place and move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre. Audiences are going to love Elysium and Dolby Atmos is going to make them feel like they are right in the center of all the action.”
“All of us at Barco are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Sony Pictures on the creation of an Auro 11.1 immersive sound mix for Elysium,” comments Brian Claypool , Senior Director of Strategic Business Development for Barco. “Since performing the industry’s first immersive mix for a feature film in January 2012 with Lucasfilm’s Red Tails, Auro 11.1 has been used in nine films to date. With the honor of adding Elysium to our title slate, this brings the total to 15 films in our pipeline confirmed to be mixed in Auro 11.1.”