The Princess and the Frog sound team (sound re-recording mixer David Fluhr, sound re-recording mixer Dean Zupancic, original dialogue mixer Doc Kane, original dialogue mixer Gabe Guy, and supervising sound editor Odin Benitez) discuss their process for creating a believable soundscape.
What makes this project different than others? Besides having an incredible team working on the movie, what makes this film's sound stand out is it's authenticity. It is often tempting to settle for what is safe and what can be imagined within the deadlines, but in order to create an outstanding product, we must go above and beyond any expectations.
The Princess and the Frog takes place in "jazz-era" 1920's New Orleans...
"Jim Cummings, who is the voice of Ray, actually is cajun and because they meet him in the bayou they really wanted something with a cajun feel - so that was very important" - original dialogue mixer Gabe Guy (1:18)
Odin Benitez, supervising sound editor, talks about his trip to New Orleans (1:27) in order to record the real streets of New Orleans as well as the swamps and wildlife.
He goes on (around 2:57) talking about his ideas of recording the Mark Twain riverboat ride at Disneyland to bring life into the animated replica in the movie.
And of course, I couldn't finish this post without mentioning the importance of Randy Newman's music. Randy, although born in Los Angeles, spent much of his childhood in Louisiana and has incorporated the music of Louisiana in previous scores and in his songwriting. Having such a seasoned songwriter and film composer with an emotional tie to Louisiana was an essential element to the movie.
These are just highlights from the interview, there are many other examples throughout The Princess and the Frog. I recommend watching the movie and studying how all of the sound ties the movie together.
Another great video interview by the guys at SoundWorks Collection.
Video source: www.soundworkscollection.com
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