Sound Works Collection has done a panel interview with the sound team of True Grit that is an interesting listen for a couple of reasons. They’ve gathered together longtime Coen collaborators Skip Lievsay, who is the Sound Re-recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor, Greg Orloff, who is also a Sound Re-recording Mixer, and Byron Wilson, who is a Dialogue/ADR Editor. Much of the interview centers on their work on True Grit, complete with clips of key scenes and their analysis of what they did and why to create the sound of the film. They go into not just the technical aspect of how they got the job done, but also explore the themes of the film and why they made the choices that they did in order to support the storytelling as a whole. It’s an interesting listen in that respect for audiophiles and prospective filmmakers.
But they also give up some interesting tidbits about working with the Coen brothers and what their process is like throughout. The Coens are pretty notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to interviews and talking about their work, so it is kind of great to hear an insider’s perspective of what their sets are like. Plus we get some anecdotes about working on a couple of the Coens’ older films like Barton Fink and No Country For Old Men that were interesting to hear. There has got to be a lot of big Coen brothers fans reading this site (you know, because they’re the best ever), so I would recommend this as a listen for anybody who admires their work. Especially if you’re the type of film nerd who obsessively gobbles up every interview and behind the scenes featurette you can get your hands on. You know who you are.