Christopher Nolan defends Interstellar sound mix

While Interstellar’s visuals have been praised to the rafters, there have been some criticisms of the film’s sound, with reports of dialogue getting lost in some scenes.

Having faced similar criticism after The Dark Knight Rises was released, Christopher Nolan has spoken out in defence of his sound mix, claiming that some distortion is just part of the experience.

“We made carefully considered creative decisions,” explains Nolan. “There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it’s mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is.”

“It’s not that nobody has ever done these things before, but it's a little unconventional for a Hollywood movie. The idea is to experience the journey the character is going on.”

“The experience of being in the cockpit is you hear the creaking; it’s a very scary sound. We wanted to be true to the experience of space travel. We wanted to emphasize those intimate elements.”

All of which seems fair enough, really, with a few lost words arguably worth sacrificing for the benefit of those chaotic space scenes. And anything that gives you a good excuse for round two…


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  • Moondoggie1157 - November 18, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    I haven't been to a movie theatre in a few years, I might actually go to see this one...
  • KevTheLostDoctor - November 18, 2014 1:13 p.m.

    I still want to see this no matter what. I plan to go this Saturday.
  • GOD - November 18, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    I read a review with complaints of this after seeing the movie and completely disagree. My dad has hearing problems and even he said he had no problem understanding the dialogue. I have a feeling this is more of a theater problem than the movies fault. The music for the most part always felt like it was very much in the background to set the tone but never take over the scene.
  • Shigeruken - November 18, 2014 6:09 p.m.

    Yup, 100% a theater problem
  • LeeWardell - November 18, 2014 4:58 a.m.

    What the fuck has happened to the Total Film website? Why is it incased in Computer Game shite I have no interested in whatsoever?
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 18, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    And why is my gaming website including this Total Film website shite?
  • endofdays - November 18, 2014 4:42 a.m.

    I had heard that this was a problem, haven't seen Interstellar yet but want to but put off by Hans Zimmer going "Prooooooooooom" over everything.
  • Shigeruken - November 18, 2014 4:11 a.m.

    The theater I was in played this film so loud that the dialogue was unintelligible in parts. I didn't feel that this was a fault of the sound mixing.

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