Randy Thom – Castaway waves and Polar Express SFX

The back catalogue of Randy Thom is best found on www.imdb.com but here are a few snippets that he dipped into….

Recording waves for Castaway – record a 90 degree wave to the land and reuse over and over again. Waves at angles are just continuos noise.

How To Train Your Dragon – he gave us an insight into how he was shaping up to create the vocalisation.

The Polar Express – used a midi to create the click of the train tracks.

What Lies Beneath – used sound of wind to make the ghost sound organic. Director cutaways helped the effect.

Forrest Gump – see earlier blog.

Wild at Heart – this David Lynch film took Randy a long time to recover from.

Apocalypse Now – his 18 month film school.

and he didn’t have time to mention Harry Potter, Mars Attacks, Star Trek, Star Wars, Rumble Fish (brilliant film), Jumanji, Contact and and and and …..


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