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The King’s Speech

2001 Oscar winner for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.

It was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing – losing out to Inception.

This film, as you might guess from its title, is that it is essentially a movie about dialog. In fact it’s a movie about a king with a stammer. Not a candidate for ADR – If you think saying something exactly the same way twice is hard, try stuttering the same way twice. The location recordings had to be brilliant. To compound the challenge, many of the rooms were reverberant or located next to busy modern roads. To be brilliant under these circumstances, you need a brilliant Production Sound Mixer.

Enter John Midgley. Known for the first three Harry Potter films, Hugo, and Hotel Rwanda, Midgley was honored with his second Academy Award nomination for his work on The King’s Speech. (His first was for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.)

If you are looking for insight into the monumental job your Production Sound Mixer is undertaking, or if you have interest in following this career path, you MUST watch this interview.

After all, according to John Midgley,

You need to be slightly insane to be work on a film as a Mixer… and you have to get on fabulously with people.

 
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In this 30-minute conversation, the SoundWorks Collection explore what it was like to capture these critically acclaimed performances by Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter. Find out how specific scenes in the film were recorded, the challenges that came with the film’s short schedule, and what it takes to be a Production Sound Mixer. God Save the King!

 

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