How The Sound Effects In ‘A Quiet Place’ Were Made | Movies Insider


“A Quiet Place” was one of the most
unlikely hits of 2018. Made on a budget of just 17 million
dollars the horror film would go on to gross more than 332 million dollars
worldwide. Emily Blunt earned praise for her performance and actor John Krasinski
had his first major breakthrough as a director. One thing that makes the movie
so unique: its use of sound. “A Quiet Place” is set in a post-apocalyptic world
overrun with monsters with ultra sensitive hearing. Make a single sound
and you’re in big trouble therefore the characters communicate in
sign language and make the lightest of footsteps. While the movie has a
groundbreaking lack of sound that doesn’t mean it’s completely absent of
it. Brandon Jones, Ethan van Der Ryn and Eric Aadahl of E Squared are responsible
for much of what you hear on screen. “Sound was actually written into the
script and so for us it was like a dream come true like kids in a candy store.”
Here’s how some of the movie’s most notable sounds were made. Foley, a method
in which objects are used to create sounds made by humans, or in this case
monsters, was used. “A Foley stage is a super quiet environment where we can put
picture up on the screen and then record using our microphones in sync with the
picture.” Some sounds like a shotgun loading and water splashing were made
exactly as you’d expect. For other sounds they had to get
creative The most unusual sound might be the
echolocation sounds used to illustrate how the monsters get around without
vision. To make this sound they settled on putting a stun gun up to a patch of
grapes. They then manipulated the sound in
the next phase: the editing process. “The whole concept with these creatures is
there’s kind of an electromagnetic component so using something electrical
as a source for the vocals seemed to kind of make sense. So here’s our recording of
the stun gun [buzzing] We can take that sound and slow it down
and we can hear the individual electric clicks Not every sound effect requires Foley
for the sound of a baby crying Brandon Jones recorded the sound of his baby
nephew crying. One of the biggest challenges of this movie wasn’t what you
heard with ease, but the kind of sounds we might normally tune out. Footsteps are
a classic Foley noise any sound designer is used to making. Usually it’ll
be loud… but for “A Quiet Place” the team had to account for the fact that the
characters mostly walked around barefoot. “Where we would play Foley footsteps,
and where not to, were really dictated by the logic of the film. On a lot of why shots
we didn’t even shoot the Foley for those feet if we can hear it from such a
distance the creatures can too. And then when you
cut into an extreme close-up and you see a foot push through sand then we hear it
just chiaroscuro.” The scariest sound of all though: the lack of sound! “It’s rare
that you get to work on a movie that has this much like absolute silence and
parts where music and dialogue’s all stripped away and it’s just these faint
details. One of the biggest things that happened throughout the course of
post-production for this movie was really scaling back and being more
minimalist in the creature sound design because our first pass had him making
noise all over the place and we kept scaling back and making it kind of a ‘less
is more’ approach.” Following in the path of one of the great monster movies
before it “Jaws,” the less we see, or in this case the less we hear from the
monsters, the more terrifying they are and yet good luck getting that stun gun
sound out of your head now

100 Replies to “How The Sound Effects In ‘A Quiet Place’ Were Made | Movies Insider”

  1. Pictures hanging from the wall ruined the movie for me. First thing you'd do is remove things that can fall and make noise.

  2. I’m not watching a quiet place anymore because it’s not vegan

    Guys it’s a joke ok? I’m not vegan I EAT BURGERS 🤣

  3. I literally just woke up from a bad dream and couldnt get any sleep, so I decided to watch some YouTube and the first thing that i get recommended is related to A Quiet Place, awesome…

  4. The things that I love was actually in these movies?? Impressive…

    Idk if you get my joke but if you did you're my friend now 😂

  5. Finally a film where I can annoy my other half well watching it because I dont do sign language so can e like what did they say where are they going pay back at last