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Favorite Sound Effects

Posted in Movies on June 27, 2009 by conorsound

Favorite Sound Effects (SFX)

In no particular order, here’s my list of favorite sound effects in movies

  • Aliens (Dir. James Cameron) – Guns

A lot of times library gun sfx are reused over and over again.  Custom sfx were made for this film. The pulse rifle, smart gun, grenade launcher, hand gun, and flame thrower all had their unique powerful, futuristic touch.


  • Jurassic Park (Dir. Steven Spielberg) – Raptor vocals

What do dinosaurs sound like?  This movie is a staple and model of what they should sound like.  My personal favorite is the Velociraptor (SHOUT OUT to the philosoraptor crew).  Not the biggest dinosaurs but the detail and variety of vocalizations that were created for the raptors made them menacing.  My favorite vocalization was from the shot below in the kitchen scene.


  • Ghostbusters (Dir. Ivan Reitman) – Proton Packs

This was definitely a childhood favorite.  I remember vocalizing the sounds of the stream with my toy proton pack.  Sophiscated work for a comedy.  It’s one of the best for a reason.


  • Barton Fink (Dir. Joel Coen) – Doors

Yes, you read correctly.  I’ll consider this one my pretentious pick.  I had never heard such creativity in a door sfx.  Most movie doors squeak and just sound too boring.  These doors have character that compliment the location of the musty-air hotel.


  • Robocop (Dir. Paul Verhoeven) – Footsteps

Another pretentious pick I suppose.  I never thought footsteps could reveal that much emotion/insight (or lack of) in a robot.  Did you?  Various kinds of footsteps are used for robocop to convey his transformation from robot back to his human conscience.  Also ED209 footsteps, very clunky and busy.  Sonically telling you that the model has manufacture flaws.  Here’s the classic scene where the robots battle it out.  I love the sounds of ED 209 at 1:49.  Also note that robocop footsteps are not as synthy and clean as when Robocop is first shown at the police station.

  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Dir. Steven Spielberg) – Punches

All right, back to childhood favorites.  Yay!  This goes for all the Indy movies, not just Raiders.  Same with guns, most punch sound effects can sound soooooo cheap and comical when they aren’t not supposed to be.  Ben Burtt of course is THE MAN.  The indy punch has great bite and yet doesn’t stand out.

Indiana punch

  • Terminator 2 (Dir. James Cameron) – Guns

Another kid favorite here.  My notable favorite gun sound is the grenade launcher (shown below). Especially the reloading of the launcher.  For some reason I find joy in hearing it, am I terrible person for saying that?

Terminator 2

  • Spaceballs (Dir. Mel Brooks) – Human Radar SFX

Thought I’d switch it up.  Sometimes sound effects in movies/shows call for humans to vocalize the desired sound effect.  Performed by the very talented Michael Winslow (known for his work in Police Academy).  Shows that sfx can be used for comical use.  This scene is extremely hard for me not to laugh at.

To finish off the entry, I’d thought I would post a compliation of The Wilhelm Scream.   The first time I heard was in Spaceballs oddly enough.  I always laugh when I hear it in more and more movies.  I have many more sfx favorites (especially from Star Wars); however, I wanted to keep this post short and sweet.  Plus everybody knows about Star Wars.  Anyways, enjoy this montage of the wilhelm scream.


Four Premiere

Posted in Four with tags , , on June 17, 2009 by conorsound


Independent Film

Music marquee

The journey came to an end last Wednesday.  Four is an international independent film I did sound for.  It involves four different stories in Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Chicago.  I got hired for the project back in September of 08.


The turnout was amazing.  Everybody loved it and I got numerous compliments on my sound work.  The Music Box is an old, well known theater in Chicago mostly known for showing independent films, older films, and more cult oriented films (for the majority).

Four music box pic2

The director saying a few words.  I still can’t believe the amount of work and money he has put into his project.

four music box pic3

What is next?  We might make some slight changes before we send it off to international festivals.  Hopefully the film can make it into Irish festivals so I have an excuse to travel there again.

Film Sound Website

Posted in Reading material on June 16, 2009 by conorsound

Some interesting reading material on this site regarding sound for film.

I especially enjoy the articles in the question section (

I haven’t update my blog much lately because I’ve been so busy with Four.  I recently completed the final mix and finally have to time work on my site and update this blog.  I’m thinking about doing a post dedicated to dialogue editing.