Monday, July 21, 2008

there’s something about putting those two characters out there dancing in space

Brief, fun interview here with Ben Burtt.

Burtt, as most of you know (good filmgeeks that you are) was the sound designer/editor for most of George Lucas' films, the Indiana Jones movies, & Dark Crystal, among many others. He was also picture editor on Star Wars episodes one-three.

Interview samples follow.

Q. And the story about your wife?
Ben Burtt: That was on Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, a long time ago. We went to listen to a sonogram of the child, my daughter Alice, who’s now grown up and has her own child. It was this great, throbbing sound, and at that time I was looking for the sound of an alien pod germinating and it sounded exactly like the alien pod germinating, so I thought why not?

Most recently, and more to the point of this interview, Burtt acted as sound and character voice designer for Wall-E...and as the voice of Wall-E himself.

Q. What’s your favourite moment from the film?
Ben Burtt: I really love the scene where they’re out in space together with the fire extinguisher, I think it’s the lyrical nature of that, the calm in the middle of the storm.

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